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Manitoba cattle market at mercy of declining futures

Recent storms may delay arrival at markets for some cattle

Cattle volumes were down at auctions across the province on week ended May 10, as domestic and international factors plagued prices and encouraged some producers to stay home. Cattle futures have dropped considerably over the past 10 days, which contributed to the lowered numbers observed at auction. “A lot of things are happening that primary […] Read more


Summer lull settles in for sheep, goat sales

Producers are getting busy around the farm and will defer marketing

The temperatures may have been stubbornly sticking to the low side, but already it is starting to feel like a summer market. That’s when producers, busy with summer farm projects and other activities, withdraw from the market and animal numbers fall. Generally prices take a breather and decline a bit during this period too. At […] Read more



Manitoba cattle market softens into springtime

Spring highs appear to be in, with bigger supplies ahead

Cattle volumes were down at auctions across the province on the week ended May 3, which is par for the course after spring highs were observed weeks prior. “It’s been an interesting couple of weeks,” said Brian Perillat of Canfax in Calgary. “We’ve seen weakness recently in the cash markets.” Perillat believed that spring highs […] Read more


Cattle volumes at auctions to drop soon, but not yet

Sales remained busy in the post-holiday time frame

Good volumes moved through Manitoba cattle auctions open during the week ended April 26, with solid prices in both the feeder and butcher markets. The short week due to Good Friday the previous week, and the fact that some auctions were closed for Easter Monday, meant the sales which were running were busy. “The numbers […] Read more



Latest sheep, goat sale focused on local demand

It was too close to Easter for shipment to Eastern Canada

The final sale before Easter saw 275 sheep and goats pass through the ring at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction. There were both individual animals and large groups on offer this sale, and the sale was locally dominated as the proximity to the holiday ruled out any timely transportation to Eastern Canada. This may account for […] Read more


Spring slowdown around the corner for auctions

The province’s markets have chewed through the annual calf run

Most cattle auctions in Manitoba will soon see fewer head coming in and one auction has moved to sales once every two weeks. “We’re getting things tidied up. A lot of the big strings of calves are gone now,” said Allan Munroe of the Killarney Auction Mart, which sold 275 cattle on April 15. At […] Read more



Manitoba cattle sales show strength ahead of seeding

Demand is seen rising on weaned cattle ready for grass

Markets were busy across the province during the week ended April 12, as producers hustle to sell off stock before a busy spring. “We may have one big week after seeding, but this will be the last big-volume week,” Rick Wright of Heartland Buying Order Co. at Virden predicted. As spring temperatures rise, demand has […] Read more


Spirited lamb bidding as Easter approaches

The looming holiday is on the minds of sheep and goat buyers

Even the strong cool winds that reminded us winter had not yet left didn’t deter buyers or sellers at the latest Winnipeg Livestock Auction sheep and goat sale April 3. More than 250 animals went through the ring and goats were strongly featured in the sale. Buyers seeking goat kids found an excellent choice and […] Read more



Cattle supplies declining, buyer demand increasing

Manitoba auction markets report fewer head of cattle for sale

The number of cattle headed to Manitoba’s weekly auctions is expected to decline, according to Harold Unrau, manager at Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart. “There’s hardly any butchers left on the farms because they sold them all earlier,” Unrau said. “The feeder cattle are going to slow down too, as not many are left out in […] Read more


Demand strength, moderate supplies lift cattle prices

Eastern buyers took some higher-quality slaughter cattle

Market activity was steady and predictable at Manitoba’s cattle auction for the week ended March 29. With fewer slaughter cattle coming to market each week, prices remained fairly even, lifting up three to five cents per pound in some areas. Some slaughter cattle stayed local, with higher-quality cattle heading east into Ontario and Quebec. “Fed […] Read more