WP livestock report

Cash hogs

The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$41.13 per hundredweight Dec. 29, little changed from $41.30 Dec. 16. U.S. hogs averaged $51.81 on a carcass basis, down from $52.95 Dec. 16.

The U.S. pork cutout was $81.08 per cwt. Dec. 29.

The estimated U.S. slaughter for the week to Dec. 29 was 1.33 million, down from 1.66 million in the same period the previous year.

In Canada, the Dec. 24 Signature Five price was C$136.28 per 100 kilograms. On a per hundredweight basis, the price was $61.82.

Bison steady

The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls in the desirable weight range sold at prices up to C$6-$6.25 per pound hot hanging weight. U.S. buyers are offering US$4.60 with returns dependent on exchange rates, quality and export costs.

Grade A heifers sold up to C$5.75-$6. U.S. buyers are offering US$4.40.

Animals outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.

Lambs weaker

Ontario Stockyards reported that 2,320 sheep and lambs and 243 goats traded Dec. 23.

New crop lambs sold actively at prices down from the previous week’s highs. All other lambs traded barely steady to $10 per cwt. lower based on quality. Sheep sold steady. Good goats traded in premium ranges, while others were steady.

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