Ontario Stockyards Inc. ran 1,615 sheep and lambs, up four times over last week, and 168 goats went through its chutes for the week ending April 27.
The weighted-average national U.S. price for live barrows and gilts on April 27 was US$45.06, up slightly from April 20’s $41.17.
On the same day, American hogs averaged $58.22 on a carcass-base price, up from $57.65 a week earlier.
The U.S. pork cutout was up week over week, finishing at $68.61, ahead of April 20’s $67.91.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the American slaughter at 2.363 million head, down from the previous week’s 2.436 million. That is up from 2.299 million in this week in 2017.
The Canadian Signature Five price for April 28 was C$138.90 per 100 kilograms, up from $125.86 April 21. Per hundredweight it was $63, up from $57.54.
Grade A bison bulls in the buyers’ preferred weight and quality range sold at up to C$6 per pound, hot hanging. Prices held steady week to week, supported by favourable American dollar exchange rates and demand. U.S. buyers are offering US$4.60 for Grade A bulls in the right weight range, but that is dependent on exchange, quality, border costs and freight.
Grade A bison heifers also commanded up to C$6, with American buyers offering US$4.40.
Discounts were applied to animals outside the buyers’ specifications.