WP livestock report

Cash hogs steady

Weak pork prices for much of last week kept pressure on U.S. cash hogs, but the market was steady.

Iowa-southern Minnesota live hogs delivered to plants spent much of the week around $80 US per cwt., but edged a little higher May 30 to $80-$81, from $80 May 23.

On a carcass basis, Midwest hogs were $106.33 per cwt. May 30, up from $106.15 the previous week.

The U.S. pork cutout fell as low as $112.89 on May 27, but was $116.01 on May 30, up from $115.06 May 23.

U.S. estimated weekly slaughter for the holiday shortened week to May 31 was 1.75 million, down from 1.973 million the previous week. Last year at the same time slaughter was 1.873 million.

Bison steady

The Canadian Bison Association said grade A bulls in the desirable weight range fetched prices as high as $4 per lb. Cdn hot hanging weight.

Grade A heifers sold at prices up to $3.85.

Animals outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.

New lambs pressured

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported 481 sheep and 21 goats sold May 26.

Wool lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $167-$225 per cwt., 55 to 69 lb. were $170-$220, 70 to 85 lb. were $170-$215, 86 to 105 lb. were $168-$180 and 106 lb. and heavier were $151-$171.

Wool rams were $50-$85 per cwt. Cull ewes were $43-$100 and bred ewes were $130-$160 per head.

Hair lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $160-$210 per cwt., 55 to 69 lb. were $167-$200, 70 to 85 lb. were $160-$192, 86 to 105 lb. were $165-$172 and 106 lb. and heavier were $150-$166.

Hair rams were $56-$70 per cwt. Cull ewes were $50-$125 and ewe-lamb families were $150-$230 per unit.

Feeder kids lighter than 60 lb. were $165-$225. Good kid goats lighter than 70 lb. were $215-$245. Those heavier than 70 lb. were $220-$250 per cwt. Nannies were $55-$100 per cwt. Billies were $115-$137.50.

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported 1,806 sheep and lambs and 135 goats traded May 26. New crop lambs sold under pressure at lower prices. All other types sold steady. Goats and sheep also sold steady.

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