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Easter influence seen on prices

Demand for the looming holiday drove some early purchases

A total of 250 sheep and goats were on the auction block at the Mar. 15 sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. Many of the buyers appeared motivated by the upcoming Easter holiday and anticipated demand, making for some early purchases. The presence of worms in some groups of lambs — earlier than […] Read more


Local cattle values rise on Chicago cattle futures

The loonie gained strength but remained low overall

Prices for cattle at auction marts across Manitoba picked up on the week, as advances in the futures lent support. At the same time, cattle prices in the U.S. have seen an even bigger jump, leading to increased demand from the country. After being closed the previous week, Heartland Virden had a 3,207-head sale on […] Read more



Ameropa to shut malting barley trading firm Interbrau

Hamburg | Reuters — Swiss-based grain trading group Ameropa AG said Thursday it will end its involvement in malting barley trading and close its Hamburg-based malting barley trading house Interbrau GmbH at the end of 2017. “This decision is mainly driven by the fact that the malting barley market did not develop as Ameropa had […] Read more

Some cattle sales called on account of snowstorm

A lower loonie has U.S. buyers again looking north

The upcoming week could be an extremely busy one for Manitoba stockyards as a fierce blizzard cancelled or curtailed several auctions during the week ended March 10. Volumes were nowhere near what they had been in the weeks prior to the snowfall. Ste. Rose Auction Mart said on its website it had carried over 1,500 […] Read more



Weaker loonie draws U.S. cattle buyers to Manitoba

Prices have local buyers seeking out bred cattle

Cattle moving through Manitoba’s auction yards saw some strength during the week ended March 3, as a combination of rising U.S. futures and a weaker Canadian dollar gave local prices a boost. Heartland Livestock Services at Virden was the busiest auction yard in the province during the week, holding three sales: a bred cow sale, […] Read more


Higher-quality animals on sale

A mild and spring-like sale day saw plenty of good-quality animals in the latest sheep and goat sale

Producers took advantage of a mild spring day on Feb. 15, delivering 243 sheep and goats to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction. The overall high quality of the animals at this sale was very noticeable, especially when compared to the previous sale. In the sheep sale, ewes dominated. There was a slight price difference between wool […] Read more



Price instability creating challenges for producers

There appears to be little correlation between 
prices this year and previous years

There were more animals of lesser quality at the most recent sheep and goat sale held Feb. 1 at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction. Producers delivered 212 animals, compared to just 141 at the previous sale in January, but the quality was noticeably lower. Markets have been very unstable and producers appear to be finding it […] Read more


Sales results a hopeful indication for the new year

Strong bidding and plenty of quality animals across all classes is a great start to the year

A total of 141 sheep and goats was presented at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction’s first sale of 2017 on Jan. 18, as attendees enjoyed spring-like melting weather. While it’s difficult to predict exactly how the year will unfold, this sale set a positive example for the rest of the year to follow. Buyers were bidding […] Read more



Higher demand seen for feeder lambs

Last sale before Christmas featured buyers filling holiday orders

The last sale of 2016 saw 350 sheep and goats delivered to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction on Dec. 21. Buyers were ready to fill market demand for the Christmas season and prepare for the coming new year. The next sale was January 11, 2017. The ewe class was represented about equally by wool and hair […] Read more


Beef cattle market continues to see volatility

Coming off two years of solid prices, cattle producers are adjusting to the realities to today’s market

There’s just one way to describe the beef market over the past five years — volatile. Benjamin Hamm, farm management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, says that’s the only thing that comes to mind when he looks at the market. “In 2015 we had some crazy highs, up to $3.75 and even a few spikes to […] Read more