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Cows herded in to holding pen

Snow didn’t dampen cattle volumes

The fall cattle run is still in full swing to the delight of the sector

The first real snow of the season wasn’t enough to put a damper on the Manitoba cattle markets during the week ended November 10, with good volumes and solid prices reported across the province. “It’s certainly nice to have not only a stronger market, but a steady market,” said Allan Munroe, of the Killarney Auction […] Read more

As markets fill, prices drop

The latest sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Sales saw buyers as the clearcut winners

Some say November is the end of autumn, others, the start of winter. Either way the Nov. 1 sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Sales coincided with the arrival of snow. It also featured a low-key and subdued tone with markets filling and animal quality average rather than exceptional. Producers could be reducing herds, […] Read more


Cattle prices stay high with large fall run volume

Auction marts were packed with cattle, yet prices stayed on the stronger side

The momentum from previous weeks continued at Manitoba auction marts during the week ended Nov. 3, as prices held steady and volumes stayed strong. “Pretty much every auction mart around the countryside was full this week for the consignments and prices stayed relatively strong,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Company. Approximately 17,282 head […] Read more

Cows herded in to holding pen

Rising Chicago futures support Manitoba values

Availability of trucks may soon become a market issue

Cattle prices rose at Manitoba auction marts during the week ended Oct. 27, as futures prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange helped push up sales. “Just about every day it’s been positive (on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange) and that’s what is holding the market probably together on the feeder cattle,” said Robin Hill with Heartland […] Read more

Hair sheep dominate latest sale

Supply of animals down overall, prices remained steady at Winnipeg Livestock Auction

The warm autumn sunshine showed up at the latest sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction, and so did plenty of hair sheep and lambs. Producers seemed intent on taking these animals to market before the cold temperatures arrive. Many buyers seemed to be most interested in ewes and the prices ranged from $1.08 […] Read more

Strength in beef demand, futures supports prices

More U.S. cattle coming to market could add pressure

Cattle prices at Manitoba auction marts remained surprisingly strong for the week ended Oct. 20 as higher U.S. futures prices and steady demand elevated prices across the board. Bids for feeder steers (300-400 lbs.) were up roughly $5 per hundredweight, with top-quality feeders attracting strong bids. The heavier-weight animals also attracted solid interest. Steers (700-800 […] Read more

Exotic sheep see little interest

Quality and age of animals were the key to bidding

The Oct. 4 sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction saw 258 sheep and goats delivered. The buyers present were not interested in exotic sheep or lambs, but instead paid close attention to age and quality. During the sheep sale, all ewes saw major interest from buyers, with no evident price difference between wool […] Read more

Fall kicks off with good demand, prices at markets

Local buyers show interest in the smaller cattle

The Manitoba cattle market is starting to see good demand and rising prices for its animals as the fall season gets fully underway. Approximately 6,580 head were sold at the province’s eight major auction marts during the week ended Oct. 6. Generally speaking, prices were higher in most classes. “We’re seeing the demand on the […] Read more

Manitoba markets shrug off bearish fundamentals

Sales in the southwest region book larger numbers

Lively activity at Manitoba cattle markets during the week ended Sept. 29 was surprising, given current market fundamentals, said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co., in Virden. Calves coming to market straight off cows were attracting higher prices and higher volumes, at least in southern markets, he said. The market in Virden had almost […] Read more