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WP livestock report

Hogs rise

The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$53.97 per hundredweight Jan. 12, up from $47.57 Jan. 5.

U.S. hogs averaged $69.45 on a carcass basis Jan. 12, up from $64.01 Jan. 5.

The U.S. pork cutout was $79.81 per cwt. Jan. 12, up from $79.07 Jan. 5.

The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter to Jan. 13 was 2.450 million, up from 2.130 the previous week.

Slaughter was 2.382 million last year at the same time.

In Canada, the Jan. 13 Signature Five price was C$152.20 per 100 kilograms, up from $140.91 the previous week. On a per hundredweight basis, the price was $69.04, up from $63.92.

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

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported that 838 sheep and lambs and nine goats sold Jan. 8. Lightweight lambs sold well at barely steady prices, and heavy lambs sold $10 per cwt. higher. Good sheep were steady to $5 per cwt. higher. Fat and heavier type sheep sold under pressure. Goats sold steady.

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