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Fall cattle run picks up steam

After a slow and muddy start, auction barns have filled up

Cattle auction yards were busy across Manitoba during the last week of October, with the fall run in full swing. “We’re busy, I think every barn is full (across the province),” said Robin Hill, of Heartland Livestock Services in Virden. “The volumes in Western Canada really cranked up over the past week, and now everybody […] Read more


Manitoba fall cattle run behind schedule

Many factors hampering auction movement

Cattle prices were steady to slightly higher at Manitoba’s cattle auctions during the week ended Oct. 24, with supply chain bottlenecks causing concern on both the supply and demand side. The rush of cattle volumes coming to auction have been delayed due to producers struggling with late harvests and muddy pastures. “Sometimes there’s standing crop […] Read more



Cattle auctions wait to see when harvest resumes

The fall run is expected to start in a few weeks

As Manitoba’s Thanksgiving snowstorm put a crimp on the number of cattle going to market over the last week, it could also have an effect on feed grain prices, according to one auctioneer. Tyler Slawinski of Gladstone Auction Mart said there could be an abundance of feed grain this winter, provided farmers can get back […] Read more


Harsh fall weather weighs on Manitoba cattle values

Snow and mud have hit Manitoba hard, limiting the ability to take cattle to market

Snow, mud, and challenging fall weather across the Prairies put a damper on cattle activity in Manitoba during the week ended Oct. 11. “Guys aren’t really after cows right now,” remarked Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart. He noted feeder cattle prices were under pressure compared to the week prior. “From here right to […] Read more



Harsh fall weather weighs on Manitoba cattle values

Snow and mud have hit Manitoba hard, limiting the ability to take cattle to market

Snow, mud, and challenging fall weather across the Prairies put a damper on cattle activity in Manitoba during the week ended Oct. 11. “Guys aren’t really after cows right now,” remarked Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart. He noted feeder cattle prices were under pressure compared to the week prior. “From here right to […] Read more


Rain challenges Manitoba cattle auctions

If nothing else, recent rains have helped pastures and hay land thrive

Challenging fall weather has not spared Manitoba’s cattle auction marts, as wet pastures and delayed harvests have limited the number of cattle coming to auction. Allan Munroe of Killarney Auction Mart noticed cattle volumes were down at auction marts during the month of September. “A lot of guys can’t get their cattle out from pasture, because there are standing crops in the […] Read more



Fall cattle run’s launch delayed as rains improve pastures

Producers with cull cows may want to sell soon

Numbers moving through Manitoba’s cattle auction yards are starting to pick up ahead of the fall run, with prices holding firm during the last week of September. “We finally saw decent volumes of calves to establish prices,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying. “Up until now we’ve had really light deliveries and the market […] Read more


Tough times still coming for Manitoba cattle producers

Recent rains have greened up pastures, but that’s only going to blunt the worst of it

Recent rains may have averted the worst-case scenario for Manitoba’s hay shortage, according to Tyler Slawinski, auctioneer at Gladstone Auction Mart. Recently, 12 municipalities in Manitoba’s Interlake and Parkland regions declared a state of agricultural emergency due to dry conditions that created a lack of sufficient hay and the below-average quality of what was produced. […] Read more



Manitoba cattle markets heat up heading into autumn

Feeder cattle futures rise as corn slips creating demand

Volumes are beginning to pick up at cattle auctions across Manitoba, a trend typically observed during fall months. Butcher cattle, in particular, are coming to market in droves, mainly due to high feed prices and tight supplies following a dry summer. “There’s a lot of product on the market,” said Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock […] Read more