WP livestock report

Hogs

The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was not available Dec. 11; it was $44.75 Dec. 4.

U.S. hogs averaged $53.44 on a carcass basis Dec. 11, down from $55.81 Dec. 4.

The U.S. pork cutout was $79.71 per hundredweight Dec. 11, up from $78.17 Dec. 4.

The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter to Dec. 12 was 2.776 million, down from 2.777 million the previous week.

Slaughter was 2.772 million last year at the same time.

In Canada, the Dec. 12 Signature Four price was C$153.55 per 100 kilograms, down from $156.89.

The Hams Marketing cash price was $151.55, down from $154.87, HyLife was $162.63, down from $166.51, and OlyWest was $153.30, down from $156.40. OlyWest 2021 was $169.60, down from $171.90, and HyLife’s adjusted price was $170, down from $172.

Sheep

Ontario Stockyards Inc. data was not available this week.

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported that 1,042 sheep and 140 goats sold Dec. 7.

Wool lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $280-$410 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $350-$520, 70-85 lb. were $350-$485, 86-105 lb. were $310-$440 and 106 lb. and heavier were $290-$345. Wool rams were $185-$325 per cwt. Cull ewes were $171-$255.

Hair lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $280-$385 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $300-$390, 70-85 lb. were $350-$450, 86-105 lb. were $310-$430 and 106 lb. and heavier were $255-$265. Hair rams were $140-$265 per cwt. Cull ewes were $180-$305.

Bison

Prices offered by Canadian buyers for slaughter in Canada start at $3.50 per pound hot hanging weight for Grade A bison bulls and heifers on light trading. Canadian buyers are offering $4.85 per pound for prime bulls and $4.70-$4.85 for heifers for slaughter in the United States.

U.S. buyers are paying US$4 per lb. hot hanging weight for prime bulls from Canada for U.S. slaughter, where slaughter times are booked. Heifers are being purchased at $3.70-$3.85. Returns to producers are dependent on exchange rates, quality, transportation, and export costs.

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