Western Producer Livestock Report – June 7, 2012

Hogs rise

U.S. hog prices jumped higher on tighter supply of hogs and rising pork prices. Retailers were buying for the grilling season.

The average barrow and gilt live weight in Iowa-Minnesota last week was 274.3 pounds, down 1.8 lb. from a week earlier.

Iowa-southern Minnesota live hogs rose to $63.50 US per hundredweight, up from $62 May 25.

U.S. pork carcass cut-out values jumped to $82.39 June 1, up from $77.97 May 25.

The U.S. federal weekly slaughter for the Memorial Day shortened week was estimated at 1.82 million, down from 2.069 million the previous week.

Bison steady

The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls in the desirable weight range were $3.65-$3.90 per lb. hot hanging weight. Grade A heifers were $3.60-$3.90.

Slaughter cows and bulls averaged $2.40-$2.60. In the live market, heifers born in 2011 were $2-$2.40 and bulls were $2.25-$2.65.

Light lambs lower

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported 519 sheep and 273 goats sold May 28.

Wool lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $225-$255 per cwt., 70 to 85 lb. were $209-$235, 86 to 105 lb. were $170-$200 and 106 lb. and heavier were $145-$169.

Wool rams were $50-$70 per cwt. Cull ewes were $52-$66 and bred ewes were $250-$320 per head.

Hair lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $210-$250 per cwt., 70 to 85 lb. were $200-$225, 86 to 105 lb. were $170-$200 and 106 lb. and heavier were $140-$168.

Hair rams were $72-$84 per cwt. Cull ewes were $64-$79. Good kid goats lighter than 50 lb. were $225-$260. Those heavier than 50 lb. were $225-$255 per cwt. Nannies were $70-$95 per cwt. Billies were $90-$147.50.

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported light lambs sold $3 to $5 cwt May 28. lower. Heavy lambs, sheep and goats traded at steady prices.

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