WP livestock report

Hogs rise

The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$54.57 per hundredweight Feb. 2, up from $54.04 Jan. 26.

U.S. hogs averaged $72.59 on a carcass basis Feb. 2, up from $69.15 Jan. 26.

The U.S. pork cutout was $81.63 per cwt. Feb. 2, down from $82.78 Jan. 26.

The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter to Feb. 3 was 2.438 million, up from 2.370 million the previous week.

Slaughter was 2.327 million last year at the same time.

In Canada, the Feb. 3 Signature Five price was C$160.13 per 100 kilograms, down from $160.45 the previous week.

On a per hundredweight basis, the price was $72.63, down from $72.78.

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 889 sheep and lambs and 11 goats sold Jan. 29. New crop lambs traded steady. All sheep and goats sold steady. Heavy lambs sold 10 per cwt. lower.

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