WP livestock report

Hogs

The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$49.98 per hundredweight Feb. 23, down from $51.42 Feb. 16.

U.S. hogs averaged $62.63 on a carcass basis Feb. 23, down from $64.82 Feb. 16.

The U.S. pork cutout was $79.48 per cwt. Feb. 23, up from $76.99 Feb. 16.

The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter to Feb. 24 was 2.373 million, down from 2.382 million the previous week.

Slaughter was 2.266 million last year at the same time.

In Canada, the Feb. 24 Signature Five price was C$154.98 per 100 kilograms, down from $160.98 the previous week.

The price was $70.30 on a per hundredweight basis, down from $73.02.

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 683 sheep and lambs and 10 goats sold Feb. 20. New crop lambs sold steady. All other lambs sold barely steady. Sheep and a few good goats sold steady.

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported that 837 sheep and 235 goats sold Feb. 20.

Wool lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $235-260 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $237-$255, 70-85 lb. were $220-$245, 86-105 lb. were $192-$230 and 106 lb. and heavier were $165-$200.

Wool rams were $100-$125 per cwt. Cull ewes were $100-$136.

Hair lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $220-$242 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $230-$250, 70-85 lb. were $215-$240, 86-105 lb. were $194-$222 and 106 lb. and heavier were $165-$189.

Hair rams were $110-$123 per cwt. Cull ewes were $110-$146.

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