WP livestock report

Hogs prices jump

The effects of porcine epidemic diarrhea on hog supply are starting to be felt with supplies of market-ready hogs tightening in the Midwest.

U.S. hog prices rallied as packers increased bids to obtain needed supply.

Pork prices rose, keeping packer margins in the black.

Iowa-southern Minnesota hogs delivered to packing plants sold at about $73 US per hundredweight Feb. 28, up from $67.50 Feb. 21.

The estimated pork cut-out value was $105.11 per cwt. Feb. 28, up from $98.03 Feb. 21.

Estimated weekly U.S. slaughter to March 1 was 2.169 million, up from 2.113 million the previous week. Slaughter was 2.162 million in the same week last year.

Bison rise

The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls with desirable weights reached $3.90 Cdn per pound hot hanging weight. Grade A heifers sold up to $3.75.

Quality 2013 bull calves weighing 400-500 lb. reached $2.45 per lb. live weight, and 500-550 lb. bulls reached $2.14.

Heifers born in 2013 weighing 300-400 lb. reached $2.10 per lb., and 400-500 lb. heifers reached $1.97 per lb.

In light trade, 2012 bulls and heifers 800-900 lb. were $1.90-$1.95 per lb.

Animals outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.

Lambs steady

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported 554 sheep and 47 goats sold Feb. 24. Wool lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $142-$166 per cwt., 70-85 lb. were $150-$164, 86-105 lb. were $138-$152 and 106 lb. and heavier were $138-$149. Wool rams were $51-$85 per cwt. Cull ewes were $47-$87 and bred ewes were $90-$145 per head.

Hair lambs lighter than 70 lb. were $135-$154 per cwt., 70-85 lb. were $130-$155, 86-105 lb. were $130-$146 and 106 lb. and heavier were $130-$140. Hair rams were $51-$81 per cwt. Cull ewes were $45-$80.

Good kid goats lighter than 50 lb. were $185-$235. Those heavier than 50 lb. were $180-$240 per cwt. Nannies were $60-$95 per cwt. Billies were $145-$190.

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported 904 sheep and lambs and 104 goats traded Feb. 24. All lambs sold steady. Good lean sheep sold steady while fat and really thin types sold under pressure. Good kid goats sold actively at slightly higher prices. Heavy, mature goats were barely steady.