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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




Tyson fire leaves province’s cattle markets unscathed

Cattle futures dropped in the Kansas fire’s wake

Prices at cattle auction markets in Manitoba were mostly steady for feeder cattle during the week ended Aug. 16 — and Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart expects that to remain the case for the time being. Last week, at Brandon’s Heartland Livestock Auction, 700- to 800-lb. feeder steers went for between $193 and $205 per hundredweight. Similarly […] Read more


Dry conditions may drive cattle to market this fall

Fed cattle, bulls also expected to head to market sooner

MarketsFarm – Dry pasture conditions in Manitoba mean cattle markets may make for a busier fall than normal. “The yearling run is right around the corner,” remarked Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Auction Ltd. in Virden. Dry pasture conditions and rising feed prices are expected to speed up cattle volumes to auction in the fall, […] Read more



Carson Callum joins Manitoba Beef Producers as general manager

Just a couple weeks into the job he says he’s finding his feet

MarketsFarm – Only three weeks into the job as the general manager for Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP), Carson Callum is faced with a few challenges. To Callum, the most pressing is the drought the province’s 6,500 cattle producers have contended with. “We had a drought in 2018 and a lot of our districts are having […] Read more


Feed prices, strong loonie drag down cattle values

China’s boycott on beef poses relatively little threat

Canadian meat packers are assessing what future demand will look like for Canadian beef, though China’s recent shunning of Canadian meat products will leave cattle markets largely unscathed. This is mainly due to the fact that only about five per cent of beef exports year to date have been shipped to China, said Brian Perillat […] Read more



malt barley

Malt barley prices remain stable

MarketsFarm — Malt barley prices have held steady throughout the 2019 growing season as global demand remains strong. Malt prices in 2018 were driven about 15 per cent higher due to a global shortage. According to Farmlink, drought conditions caused Australia to produce “one of the smallest barley crops in recent memory.” The crops were […] Read more

Cattle kept from markets as parched pastures catch break

Stronger U.S. corn prices put pressure on cattle futures

Rain showers across much of the province during the week ended June 21 helped take some of the edge off the cattle markets, as concerns over dry pastures dissipated slightly. With the rain in southern Manitoba, “our numbers were probably down by 30 to 40 per cent from the previous week,” said Robin Hill of […] Read more



Summer schedule for sheep and goat sales begins

Monthly sales and fewer deliveries will mark this market for the coming months

The summer schedule of a single sheep and goat sale each month has begun at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. This will likely limit the number of sheep and goats delivered and mean less selection for buyers filling orders for the Eastern Canada market. The June 5 sale saw 344 goats delivered. During the sheep sale, some […] Read more


Absence of demand drags on cattle prices at auction markets

Parched pastures and fields are pushing feed costs higher

Dry pasture land and higher feed grain prices drove demand lower at cattle markets during the week ended June 14. Butcher cattle prices in particular dipped four to five cents lower at Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart, largely due to lack of demand. Feeder cattle volumes were too low to report on in Grunthal, with about […] Read more