WP livestock report

HOGS DOWN

U.S. hog prices fell as packers slowed buying in advance of a short week because of U.S. Thanksgiving.

The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$45.69 per cwt. Nov. 17, down from $46.91 Nov. 9.

U.S. hogs averaged $56.96 on a carcass basis Nov. 17, down from $59.90 Nov. 9. The U.S. pork cutout was $80.96 per cwt. Nov. 17, up from $80.67 Nov. 9.

The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter for the week to Nov. 18 was 2.473 million, down from 2.495 million in the previous week. Slaughter was 2.527 million last year at the same time.

In Canada the average Signature Five price for the week to Nov. 18 was C$144.91 per 100 kilograms, down from $149.33 the previous week.

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$4.75 or more 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$4.50.

Animals outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.

LAMBS STRONGER

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported that 560 sheep and lambs and 26 goats sold Nov. 13. The light run saw all classes of lambs higher and sheep and goats steady.

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported that 596 sheep and 52 goats sold Nov. 13. Wool lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $184-222 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $190-$226, 70-85 lb. were $194-$215, 86-105 lb. were $178-$202 and 106 lb. and heavier were $178-$184.

Wool rams were $90-$129 per cwt. Cull ewes were $75-$159.

Hair lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $165-$190 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $171-$190, 70-85 lb. were $190-$200, 86-105 lb. were $170-$196 and 106 lb. and heavier were $165-$178.

Hair rams were $85-$139 per cwt. Cull ewes were $84-$143.

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