WP livestock report

Hogs rise

The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$47.57 per cwt. Jan. 5, up from $45.14 Dec. 28.

U.S. hogs averaged $64.01 on a carcass basis Jan. 5, up from $57.95 Dec. 28.

The U.S. pork cutout was $79.07 per cwt. Jan. 5, up from $78.03 Dec. 28.

The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter to Jan. 6 was 2.151 million, up from 2.102 million the previous week.

Slaughter was 2.087 million last year at the same time.

In Canada, the Signature Five price was C$140.91 per 100 kilograms Jan. 6, up from $137.51 the previous week.

On a per hundredweight basis, the price was $63.92, up from $62.37.

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.

Lambs rise

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported that 659 sheep and lambs and five goats sold Jan. 2. All lambs sold actively with heavy lambs selling $5-$7 higher. Light lambs sold just steady. Good sheep sold $5-$10 higher. Goats steady.

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