WP livestock report

Hogs

The U.S. national live price average for barrows and gilts was US$61.94 per hundredweight May 3, up from $61 April 26.

U.S. hogs averaged $78.94 on a carcass basis May 3, down from $79.62 April 26.

The U.S. pork cutout was $82.01 per cwt. May 3, down from $84.27 April 26.

The estimated U.S. weekly slaughter to May 4 was 2.382 million, up from 2.341 million the previous week.

Slaughter was 2.324 million last year at the same time.

In Canada, the May 4 Signature Five price was C$197.59 per 100 kilograms, up from $197.44 the previous week.

On a per hundredweight basis, the price was $89.63, up from $89.56.

Bison

The Canadian Bison Association said Grade A bulls in the desirable weight range sold at prices from C$5.10-$5.50 per pound hot hanging weight. U.S. buyers are offering US$4.30 or more with returns dependent on exchange rates, quality and export costs.

Grade A heifers sold up to C$4.90-$5.10. U.S. buyers are offering US$4.10.

Animals outside the desirable buyer specifications may be discounted.

Lambs

Ontario Stockyards Inc. reported that 790 sheep and lambs and eight goats sold April 29. All sheep, lambs and goats sold actively at pre-holiday prices.

Beaver Hill Auction in Tofield, Alta., reported that 648 sheep and 171 goats sold April 29.

Wool lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $240-$284 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $260-$287, 70-85 lb. were $240-$310, 86-105 lb. were $255-$300 and 106 lb. and heavier were $210-$232.

Wool rams were $94-$151 per cwt. Cull ewes were $90-$171.

Hair lambs lighter than 54 lb. were $240-$280 per cwt., 55-69 lb. were $260-$285, 70-85 lb. were $265-$310, 86-105 lb. were $222-$300 and 106 lb. and heavier were $180-$220.

Hair rams were $99-$111 per cwt. Cull ewes were $90-$141.

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