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Prices remain firm as buyers seek grass cattle

Beef demand is seen steady leading up to Father’s Day

Prices for cattle at Manitoba auction yards stayed relatively firm amid declining volumes. Around 4,600 animals made their way through the rings during the week ended May 19, down from 7,500 the week before. There was some softening on heavier-weight steers, while lower-weight animals held their own and ticked higher in a few cases. “The […] Read more

Cattle markets descend into correction mode from rally

Beef demand is expected to slip after Father’s Day

The spring cattle rally may be finally coming to an end. Bids for most classes at stockyards across the province were the same or even slightly lower in some cases during the week ended May 12. Heavier-weight animals were steady to lower, with heifers (800-900 lbs.) down $3-$5. Steers (400-500 lbs.) were also down roughly […] Read more

Summer slows sheep and goat bidding

It was buyer’s choice in many cases at the most recent sheep and goat sale

It was a case of differing expectations May 3 at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction, as buyers and sellers gathered to trade the 233 sheep and goats delivered to this sale. Sellers were hoping for decent prices, while buyers were looking for bargains. In the sheep sale, ewes were of mixed quality and the bidding highlighted […] Read more

Local cattle prices track wild week in U.S. futures

Sales volumes are expected to slow with the season

Large price swings in the U.S. cattle futures led to similar activity in the Manitoba cattle auctions during the week ended May 5. U.S. cattle prices rallied sharply the first few days of May, with unseasonal snow that killed thousands of cattle in key U.S. feeding regions behind some of the buying interest. The resulting […] Read more

Stronger futures and weaker dollar boost cattle prices

Feeders benefit from abundant feed supplies and 
fallout from the Brazilian beef scandal

The numbers moving through Manitoba’s cattle auction yards may be slowing down for the season, as attention turns to spring field work and other priorities, but prices for the cattle still finding their way to the rings continue to strengthen. U.S. feeder cattle futures are at their highest levels of the past year, while the […] Read more

Prices strong as Manitoba producers clear out pens

Cattle prices keep on climbing despite expectations

Bids on Manitoba cattle remained strong during the week ended April 7, as farmers cleaned out their pens and took leftover cattle and other animals that had been backgrounding to market. Roughly 11,500 head were shown at the province’s eight major stockyards. “We’re seeing cattle that were small in the fall; now it’s time for […] Read more

Optimism drives investment in lighter-weight cattle

Demand is strong down east, not so much from the U.S.

The last week of March was a busy one for most auction marts in Manitoba as just over 12,200 animals made their way to the stockyards. “We’re getting very good volumes at the market,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co. “We’re getting a lot of light cattle weighing under 800 lbs.” Most of […] Read more


Growing craft beer sector thirsty for local malt

CNS Canada — Craft breweries are a growing subsector of the Canadian beer industry, but the increased variety of local drink options are not necessarily 100 per cent homegrown, as a lack of domestically produced specialty malts forces brewers to look far afield to meet their needs. “We get our base malt locally, but we […] Read more

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Climbing cattle futures support Manitoba markets

Brazil’s meat scandal offers brief spillover support

Cattle auctions in Manitoba saw some good strength during the week ended March 24, as rising U.S. futures provided underlying support. “The (U.S.) futures board’s been climbing, which is certainly helping drive demand,” said Allan Munroe of Killarney Auction Mart. Both the feeder and finished cattle futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange climbed higher during […] Read more

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