USDA monthly bison report (carcass and cuts)
NW_LS526
Des Moines, IA     Tue, Feb 13, 2018     USDA Market News

MONTHLY BISON REPORT (CARCASS AND CUTS)
For the Month of January
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Actual Slaughter Numbers in Federally  :Canadian Live Bison Imports into U.S.
Inspected Plants (not necessarily      for January:                 Head
inspected)       Bison                 :
W/E 1/6/18        760                  :Slaughter Male                396
W/E 1/13/18       825                  :Slaughter Female              416
W/E 1/20/18       835                  :Feeder Male                   504
W/E 1/27/18       864                  :Feeder Female                 313
                                       :Total                        1629
Total            3,284                 :Source: USDA, APHIS
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Bison Carcasses: Compared to December Report:     Bison carcass prices were
steady for all ages and genders.  Actual Slaughter Numbers in Federally
Inspected Plants decreased by over 20%, which is evident as there was a sharp
drop in the number of young animals reported this month.
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Bison Carcasses-GRAIN FED-(Hot Carcass Wt $/Cwt)FOB Plant Basis
CLASS --------Avg Carc Wt  ---------Hd -----Price Range--------Wghtd Avg ---
**Young Bulls -     658           1,655     475.00-    550.00      483.98
**Young Heifers -   577           1,051     455.00-    550.00      470.59
**Aged Bulls -      891              25     400.00-    450.00      434.80
**Aged Cows -       573             368     370.00-    450.00      416.01
Total                             3,099
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Bison Meat: Compared to December report:    Total volume of product reported
this month greatly decreased.  However, all whole muscle meat items saw a
significant increase in price with the exception of fresh and frozen
Chuckrolls/Clods which saw a slight decrease in price.
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BISON MEAT - GRAIN FED - Wholesale -    ($/Cwt)
---------------------------------Lbs   -----Price Range--------Wghtd Avg ---
Ribeye, Lip-On Fresh             27,033   1,450.00-  2,026.00    1,520.78
Ribeye, Lip-On Frozen             1,200   1,400.00-  1,550.00    1,515.00
Chuckroll/Clod Fresh             59,634     620.00-    860.00      695.74
Chuckroll/Clod Frozen             4,696     825.00-    895.00      849.44
Top Round Fresh                   4,920                785.00      785.00
Top Round Frozen                  4,127     815.00-    890.00      854.51
Peeled Knuckle Fresh              1,432     700.00-    866.00      777.64
Peeled Knuckle Frozen             3,222     800.00-    880.00      858.70
Flats, Outside Round Fresh        1,257                826.00      826.00
Flats, Outside Round Frozen         650                870.00      870.00
Eye of Round Fresh                1,036     675.00-    875.00      816.91
Eye of Round Frozen                 894     835.00-  1,003.00      915.76
Strip Loin Fresh                 17,759   1,150.00-  1,750.00    1,278.37
Strip Loin Frozen                   627   1,250.00-  1,300.00    1,275.00
Top Sirloin Fresh                 4,363     700.00-    967.00      843.31
Top Sirloin Frozen
Tenderloin Fresh                 16,389   1,800.00-  3,002.00    2,145.55
Tenderloin Frozen                 3,581   1,500.00-  2,149.00    1,782.66

Hearts                            5,581     300.00-    410.00      327.95
Livers                           15,116     200.00-    325.00      289.20
Tongues                             419     400.00-    530.00      497.17

Bison Trimmings 90% Fresh        16,443     600.00-    800.00      724.42
Bison Trimmings 90% Frozen       12,337     760.00-    790.00      770.00
Bison Trimmings 85% Frozen        5,994     695.00-    850.00      724.00

Grnd 90% Bulk, Fresh             57,096     600.00-    750.00      652.00
Grnd 90% Bulk, Frozen
Grnd 85% Bulk, Fresh
Grnd 85% Bulk, Frozen           102,353     700.00-    780.00      761.44
Grnd 90% Patties, Frozen
Grnd 85% Patties, Fresh
Grnd 85% Patties, Frozen         59,283     579.00-  1,037.00      772.56
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GROUND BISON - GRAIN FED - Case Ready   ($/Cwt)
----------------------------------Lbs -----Price Range------Wghtd Avg -- ---
Grnd 90% Bulk, Fresh            594,732     625.00-    750.00      718.11
Grnd 85% Bulk, Frozen             6,440     745.00-    854.00      784.41
Grnd 90% Patties, Frozen          2,232     825.00-    975.00      890.00
Grnd 85% Patties, Frozen         53,717     775.00-    825.00      790.34
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BISON MEAT - GRASS FED - DIRECT    ($/POUND)  FROZEN
----------------------------------Lbs -----Price Range------Simple Avg -----
Ribeye Steaks                                18.00-     52.40       30.77
Filet Mignon                                 20.99-     67.00       47.25
New York Strip                               14.46-     49.00       28.63
Flat Iron                                    10.95-     25.90       15.55
Flank Steak                                  11.94-     19.99       15.13
Skirt Steak                                  11.99-     28.99       16.42
Chuck Roast                                   9.50-     18.49       13.25
Eye of Round Roast                            9.94-     15.93       12.21
Top Sirloin                                  14.00-     42.00       26.75
Sirloin Tip                                   9.14-     20.00       13.64
Brisket                                       8.75-     23.95       12.89
Ribs                                          6.99-     19.59       11.30
Prime Rib                                    17.78-     43.31       32.48
Tenderloin                                   19.99-     53.33       39.92
Stew Meat                                     7.79-     17.50       12.65
Jerky                                        38.99-     70.66       51.70

Hearts                                        5.00-     11.00        8.09
Livers                                        4.00-     20.38        9.33
Tongues                                       2.66-     14.99        7.13

Hot Dogs                                     11.90-     19.50       15.53
Ground Bison (Bulk Lean)                      8.25-     18.21       12.64
Ground Bison (Patties)                        8.72-     18.21       13.13
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**Animals under the age of 30 months are classified young, while animals
older than 30 months are considered part of the aged classification.
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      Canadian Fresh Chilled Bison Meat Imports into U.S.
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                             Dec 2017   Dec 2016    2017 YTD    2016 YTD
Boneless Fresh Chilled (lbs   41,226     126,325   1,065,053   1,352,977
Bone-in Fresh Chilled (lbs)   29,762     14,771     487,001      71,430

Data Source: Departent of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics
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