WP livestock report

Hogs edge higher

Prices were higher last week, but demand could slow this week because packers will need fewer hogs with Christmas and New Years closures.

The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$46.94 per cwt. Dec. 8, up from $46.41 Dec. 1.

U.S. hogs averaged $59.10 on a carcass basis Dec. 8, up from $59 Dec. 1.

The U.S. pork cutout was $83.70 per cwt. Dec. 8, up from $83.35 Dec. 1.

The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter to Dec. 9 was 2.537 million, up from 2.535 million the previous week.

Slaughter was 2.448 million last year at the same time.

In Canada, the Signature Five price was C$143.60 per 100 kilograms Dec. 9, up from $141.94 the previous week. On a per hundredweight basis the price was $65.14, up from $64.38.

Bison steady

The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls in the desirable weight range sold at prices up to C$6 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$6. U.S. buyers are offering US$4.50.

Animals outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.

New lambs stronger

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported that 1,468 sheep and lambs and 128 goats sold Dec. 4. New crop lambs sold $10 – $15 per cwt. higher. Lambs sold $5-$10 lower. Heavy type lambs sold steady.

Thicker type sheep sold steady while good leaner types sold $5 – $10 per cwt. higher. Light weight goats sold actively at premium prices. All others sold steady.

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported that 522 sheep and 149 goats sold Dec. 4.

Wool lambs lighter than 54 pounds were $200-235 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $200-$235, 70-85 lb. were $195-$224, 86-105 lb. were $185-$216 and 106 lb. and heavier were $174-$183.

Wool rams were $96-$124 per cwt. Cull ewes were $85-$141.

Hair lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $170-$210 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $200-$230, 70-85 lb. were $198-$230, 86-105 lb. were $180-$196 and 106 lb. and heavier were $165-$178.

Hair rams were $90-$132 per cwt. Cull ewes were $105-$126.

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