U.S. cash hog prices continued to fall as packers reduced slaughter to match the tight number of market-ready hogs.
Also, packers had met most of the Easter ham demand and were preparing for a week made short by the Easter Monday holiday.
Iowa-southern Minnesota hogs delivered to plants were $86 US per hundredweight April 17, down from $89 April 11.
The U.S. pork cutout fell to $120.08 per cwt. April 17, down from $124.76 April 11.
The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter for the four days to April 17 was 1.621 million, down from 1.627 the previous week in the same period and 1.72 million in the same period last year.
The Canadian Bison Association said tight supply, strong demand and the weak Canadian dollar are supporting prices.
Grade A bulls with desirable weights rose to $4.10 Cdn per pound hot hanging weight. Grade A heifers sold up to $4. Cull cow and bull prices averaged $2.
Cull cow and bull prices were as high at $2.50 hot hanging weight in limited trade.
Animals outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.
Bulls and heifers were $2.10 at the farm in limited live trade.
Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported 876 sheep and 96 goats sold April 14.
Wool lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $140-$190 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $146-$210, 70-85 lb. were $150-$192, 86-105 lb. were $143-$160 and 106 lb. and heavier were $140-$153.
Wool rams were $51-$109 per cwt. Cull ewes were $40-$88 and bred ewes were $90-$200 per head.
Hair lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $132-$160 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $142-$178, 70-85 lb. were $140-$172, 86-105 lb. were $135-$150 and 106 lb. and heavier were $130-$145.
Hair rams were $53-$100 per cwt. Cull ewes were $42-$70 and ewe-lamb families were $150-$200 per unit.
Feeder kids lighter than 60 lb. were $195-$225. Good kid goats lighter than 70 lb. were $200-$245. Those heavier than 70 lb. were $200-$240 per cwt. Nannies were $65-$90 per cwt. Billies were $85-$137.50.
Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported 3,280 sheep and lambs and 173 goats traded April 14. All well-finished light lambs sold stronger for the entire sale, while under-finished lights sold under pressure.
Heavy lambs sold steady. Sheep sold barely steady to lower. Good kid goats sold at premium prices.