WP livestock report

HOGS EDGE HIGHER

U.S. packers enjoyed comfortable operating margins and looked forward to the beginning of grilling season.

American farmers are current in their deliveries.

In Canada, the Signature Three price was C$70.33 per hundredweight, or $155.04 per 100 kilograms March 11, which was up a little from $70.47, or $ 155.36, the previous week.

Iowa-southern Minnesota hogs delivered were US$47.50-$49.50 per cwt. March 11, up from $46.50-$48.75 March 4.

U.S. hogs averaged $62.40 on a carcass basis March 11, up from $61.96 March 4.

The U.S. pork cutout was $76.08 per cwt. March 11, up from $75.22 March 4.

The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter for the week to March 11 was 2.215 million, down from 2.220 million the previous week.

Slaughter was 2.226 million last year at the same time.

BISON

The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls in the desirable weight range sold at prices up to C$6 per pound hot hanging weight. U.S. buyers are offering US$4.35 with returns dependent on exchange rates, quality and export costs.

Grade A heifers sold up to C$5.75. U.S. buyers are offering US$4.10.

Animals outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.

SHEEP

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported that 536 sheep and 78 goats sold March 7.

Wool lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $225-$250 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $229-$250, 70-85 lb. were $220-$246, 86-105 lb. were $191-$230 and 106 lb. and heavier were $140-$179.

Wool rams were $107-$115 per cwt. Cull ewes were $90-$145.

Hair lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $210-$240 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $211-$240, 70-85 lb. were $221-$239, 86-105 lb. were $188-$214 and 106 lb. and heavier were $140-$166.

Hair rams were $118-$150 per cwt. Cull ewes were $101-$211.

Feeder kids lighter than 60 lb. were $220-$245. Good kid goats lighter than 70 lb. were $240-$295. Those heavier than 70 lb. were $250-$295 per cwt. Nannies were $160-$210 per cwt. Billies were $132.50-$220.

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported that 932 sheep and lambs and 73 goats traded March 7.

New crop lambs, light weights and fancy light weight goats sold much higher. All other lambs, sheep and goats traded steady.

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