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Beef carcass weights falling back in line

Carcass weights rose after COVID-19 disrupted processing at the Cargill and JBS beef plants but are now getting back to normal, says provincial livestock market analyst Jason Wood.

“During a three- week period at the beginning of May, steer carcass weights rose 28 pounds to 926 pounds, above average for that time period.”

Steer carcass weights were averaging 904 pounds on the year as of last month. That’s one pound higher than in 2019 and nine pounds higher than the five-year average.

As of mid-September, 1.69 million head had been processed in Western Canada, 6.4 per cent lower than the comparable period in 2019 but 6.7 per cent above the five-year average.

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