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Cattle values generally firm as weather drags on volumes

A weaker loonie didn’t draw much cross-border traffic

Routine winter movement was the order of the day at Manitoba’s cattle auction marts during the week ended Feb. 9. Only about 6,300 cattle were on offer across the province during the week, down by about 2,000 from the previous week as cold temperatures limited some movement. Values held firm for the most part, with […] Read more

Stronger loonie, feed costs drag on prices at auctions

U.S. cattle inventory grew, but not as much as expected

Manitoba cattle prices stayed under pressure during the week ended Feb. 2, but there are signs that may start to change. “Hopefully (prices are) near a near-term bottom and should pick up heading into the spring,” said Brian Perillat, senior analyst with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Prices at the province’s eight major auction marts were […] Read more

Latest sheep and goat sale a ‘silent auction’

Few animals and few buyers in physical attendance made for a quiet sale again Jan. 24

The local sheep and goat market is keeping quiet and watching the action to the east very closely. Just 80 animals were delivered to Winnipeg Livestock Auction for the Jan. 24 sale that saw few buyers physically present, but ‘invisible’ buyers were said to remain interested. There was good interest in the ewes. Most appeared […] Read more

Cows herded in to holding pen

Cattle sales accelerate after post-holiday slump

USDA’s Cattle on Feed report gave the futures a boost

Following the new year slump, sales are starting to pick up again at Manitoba auction marts. “It just felt a lot better this week. It was like (the buyers) wanted them again, before you just wondered… does somebody want them?” said Rick Gabrielle with Heartland Livestock Services at Virden. Over 8,400 head of cattle were […] Read more

Cows herded in to holding pen

Cattle prices decline on lack of buyer interest

A wall of heavier-weighted cattle is expected come summer

Prices for cattle in Manitoba appear to have carved out a bottom, as lukewarm buying interest and a late slide in U.S. futures pointed the way lower. Around 6,300 animals made their way to market during the week ended Jan. 19, up from roughly 3,300 the week before. Prices were mostly similar to last week’s […] Read more

No fireworks at first sheep and goat auction

It was a quiet and steady parade of animals at the first outing of the new year

It wasn’t the rocket’s red glare and bombs bursting in air at the first sheep and goat sale of the year at Winnipeg Livestock Auction on Jan. 10. With the holiday season behind it, the market saw little buyer excitement and just 62 animals come and go from the sales arena. During the sheep sale […] Read more

Fed cattle markets are expected to show strength

Manitoba’s major auction markets closed for the week

It was a slow start to the new year for Manitoba auction marts, as major outlets stayed quiet during the week ended Jan. 5. However, it may have been a good time for participants to stay home, due to the cold weather. Feed usage is likely on the minds of some ranchers, though, as they […] Read more


Will the cattle market thrive in 2018?

The year that just ended saw a more or less steady upward trend

By most accounts 2017 was better than expected for most cattle auction marts across Manitoba. Volumes were up and prices weathered some early challenges, however, it leaves ranchers wondering if that trend will continue into the new year. “We closed the year with prices that were higher than a year ago,” said Dave Nickel of […] Read more

Cattle markets beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Producers are cleaning out their pens ahead of year-end

As the last few days of 2017 wind down, so too does activity at most auction marts in the province. Volumes were noticeably weaker during the week ended Dec. 15 as producers cleaned out their pens before the end of the year. Just over 5,000 animals made their way to Manitoba’s eight major outlets, compared […] Read more