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Autumn gradually arriving at Manitoba cattle markets

A softer slaughter cattle market isn’t unusual right now

Volumes are slowly increasing at cattle markets across Manitoba as more auction marts open for the fall season. Nearly 3,000 cattle made their way before buyers during the week ended Sept. 8, compared to a little over 1,000 animals the week before. “The good-quality yearlings were very decent; we had about 100 new-crop calves here […] Read more

Bids fail to reach peak seen at earlier auction

The action blew hot and cold at the most recent sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction

Bidding was slow and low, then faster and higher, then slower and lower again. Initially the Aug. 16 Winnipeg Livestock Auction sheep and goat sale looked like a dud, with a slow bidding start. But by mid-sale things had picked up and prices approached (but failed to surpass) the strong feeder and lightweight lamb bidding […] Read more

Late-summer action light as some markets reopen

Dry pastures might force earlier sales of some cattle

The back-to-school season also saw the doors open at a few more Manitoba cattle auction yards during the last week of August, but activity won’t really pick up until late September as the nearby attention focuses on the grain harvest. “We’re probably a couple of weeks away from seeing any kind of volume,” said Rick […] Read more

Cattle values soften as markets seek a new low

Retail beef purchases should slow after Labour Day

The cattle market seems to be carving out a bottom for itself as the summer season winds down. Just over 650 animals made their way through the rings of the few auction marts that were open during the week ended Aug. 25. Prices were a bit softer than last week, for the most part. Butcher […] Read more

Manitoba cattle marts continue slow summer pace

Packers can draw on heavy supplies of fed cattle

Most Manitoba cattle markets are still a few weeks away from opening after the summer slowdown, with low numbers being reported at locations that are open. Rick Wright, a broker for Heartland Order Buying Co., said markets that have been open are generally selling fewer than 200 head. Of those, he said one-third to one-half […] Read more

Goat numbers surge at Aug. 2 auction

There was good interest for animals ahead of an Islamic holiday

The supply of about 500 sheep and goats for the Aug. 2, 2017 sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction was an excellent presentation of the possible animals available for those preparing for the Islamic celebration. There was a variety of the various animal weights available so buyers could purchase for the wide range required. There was […] Read more

cattle in a feedlot

Fed cattle supplies hold back prices at auctions

Dry Prairie pastures elsewhere might spur action soon

Cattle markets are going through seasonal doldrums as large numbers of fed cattle are weighing down prices. Brian Perillat, a senior analyst at Canfax, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s market information firm, said fed cattle have been under pressure since the price fall-off this spring. “The U.S. and Canada, we’re killing as many cattle as we […] Read more

Cattle sales begin to pick up

It’s still a bit slow, but last week saw animal numbers more than double

It was a slightly busier time for auction marts around the province as over 650 animals made their way to market during the last week of July. That compares to just 300 last week. Feeder steers in the 400- to 500-lb. range fought to stay north of the C$200 (per hundredweight) mark. Steers in the […] Read more

‘Short and sweet’ for cattle movement last week

One sale to report; more scheduled for the week of July 24-28

Only one cattle sale was held in Manitoba during the week, as most markets are either closed for the summer or running at a reduced schedule. Therefore we won’t carry the usual price table this week. Winnipeg Livestock Sales held a sale on Friday where 200 cattle moved through the rings. “It was short and […] Read more