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Bidding better than expected at latest sheep, goat sale

The sheep and goat sale also featured a veal calf trial sale

The winter road drifting conditions and drifting snow didn’t stop producers delivering to the March 6 sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Sales. A total of 146 sheep and goats passed through the ring at the event, with high bidding that surprised a few buyers in some of the individual classes. The quality of […] Read more


Drop in cattle marketings came as surprise to no one

Cattle prices are rather comparable to year-ago levels

Even though the number of cattle going to market was down for the week ending March 8, there were no big changes from a pricing standpoint at Manitoba’s cattle auctions, according to Rick Wright of Heartland Buying Order Co. Several auctions saw the number of head drop significantly this week compared to the previous week. […] Read more



Cattle prices remain ‘fully steady’ with some exceptions

Total auction sale volumes increased on the week

Cattle prices saw only small changes for the most part at several Manitoba auctions for the week ending March 1. “I felt the market was fully steady,” said Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Services’ auction facility at Virden, speaking of cattle under 700 lbs. For example, feeder heifers in the 400- to 500-lb. range were […] Read more


Prices promising for future sales

The winter doldrums have broken in the sheep and goat market

Winnipeg Livestock Auction finally had the opportunity to hold a proper sale following some disappointing outings that were sharply reduced due to frigid weather and winter storms that kept both buyers and sellers at home. There were 100 sheep and goats delivered for the Feb. 20 auction. Producers and buyers had high expectations and anything […] Read more



Cows herded in to holding pen

Cattle turnouts mixed at Manitoba auction markets

Prices for heavier-weight cattle retreated at some sales

The amount of cattle sold at several of Manitoba’s livestock auctions was mixed for the week ending Feb. 22. Some of the auctions witnessed good increases in the number of head marketed, while other auctions saw significant drops. Gladstone had a strong increase in the number of cattle that went through its auction. For its […] Read more


Lightweights show strength at Manitoba auction sales

Quantities of cattle were up from previous frosty weeks

Lightweight cattle continue to do quite well at Manitoba cattle auctions, according to two people heavily involved with the cattle industry. “Lightweights were up quite a bit. Anything that’s under 600 lbs., going to the grass, certainly has a strong market,” said Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Market. At Grunthal’s Feb. 12 auction, feeder […] Read more



Weather strikes again at Manitoba livestock auctions

Values for mid-weight cattle are ‘hanging by a thread’

Bad weather continued to adversely affect some of Manitoba’s cattle auctions during the early part of the week ended Feb. 8. Strong winds whipped up snow and drove down temperatures, with wind chills sinking into the -40 C range. “I’m just looking forward to spring,” quipped Allan Munroe of Killarney Auction Mart. Regularly scheduled for […] Read more


Weather, dollar drag on Manitoba cattle auctions

Most auction markets handled fewer cattle on the week

The weather and the Canadian dollar were major factors at Manitoba cattle auctions for the week ending Feb. 1, according to representatives of three auction markets. “Our numbers were down because of the cold,” said Dave Nickel of Gladstone Auction Mart. For most of the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, daytime temperatures often […] Read more



Winter storm slows recent sheep, goat sale

There were few animals and disappointing bidding at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction

January 23, 2019 had a serious major blowing snowstorm threat on the Winnipeg Livestock Auction date; showing clearly the sale was affected. The low delivery of only 100 sheep and goats — and the extremely low bidding from the buyers, showed that this threat was more than just serious. The bidding was even lower than […] Read more


Demand and prices up beyond expectations at cattle sales

Wet weather is limiting cattle traffic to the U.S. Midwest

The cattle market in Manitoba has been busy since the start of the New Year, with prices surprising in some cases, according to a buyer. “We’ve seen since Christmastime a significant increase in the culled cow prices, the Canadian packers have upped their cow kill by quite a bit and demand was considerably stronger than […] Read more