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U.S. futures support cattle values against rising loonie

Volumes decline at sales as ranchers focus on calving

Cattle moving through Manitoba’s auction yards were up and down during the week, with some classes moving higher and others lower. The market had “a mixed feeling,” according to Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden. There was no real rhyme or reason to the gains or losses in the different classes of feeder […] Read more


Easter excitement fades

It’s back to normal after this key holiday for the market

A late winter return seemed to usher in a cooler tone too at the latest sheep and goat auction at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. With Easter demand past, the less exciting bidding season typical of summer appears to be starting to assert itself, regardless of the slow start to the spring. Producers delivered 75 sheep and goats to the April […] Read more



Cows herded in to holding pen

Lukewarm buyer interest weighs on cattle prices

Traders are mindful of expectations for large supplies

Cattle prices stayed under pressure at auction marts across Manitoba during the week ended April 6. Bids were mostly similar to the previous week for steers and heifers; a little more interest may have been paid to cows. “A lot of cows in Western Canada are coming to market now,” said Anne Wasko, a market […] Read more


U.S. futures spur downturn at Manitoba auction marts

USDA’s Cattle on Feed report is bearish for markets

Cattle numbers shrank at Manitoba auction marts for the week ended March 30, as the latest U.S. Cattle on Feed report left an unsavoury taste in sellers’ mouths. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cattle on Feed report, released March 23, showed ranchers sent seven per cent more cattle to feedlots in February, compared to […] Read more



Easter season sparks bidding

The latest sheep and goat sale saw new life for the market

Easter bidding arrived with a vengeance at the March 21 sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. Supply jumped to 430 animals with greatly improved quality noted and the sale was a fast-paced event. During the sheep sale the ewes saw a bidding pattern that was subdued, reflecting the approach of summer. Prices ranged […] Read more


Inventories burdensome on heavier-weight cattle

Recent snowfalls lend to optimism on grass cattle

Manitoba’s cattle auctions saw some good numbers move through the rings during the week ended March 23, although prices for heavier-weight animals came under pressure. Roughly 12,000 head were sold at the major auction marts during the week, compared to 13,000 head the previous week. Activity will likely be down during the last week of […] Read more



Action resumes at auctions after snowstorm passes

U.S. buyers show renewed interest in feeder cattle

The week ended March 16 was busier for cattle sales across the province, as none of the major outlets had to deal with poor weather. A snowstorm the previous week snowed in many outlets and ranchers were forced to dig out before transporting any cattle. As a result, many yards were busier than normal this […] Read more


Latest sheep and goat sale has ghost town feel

Few animals delivered met scant buyer interest at the March 7 gathering at Winnipeg Livestock Auction

The buyers were present but the sheep and goats were missing in action at the latest sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. At times it felt like walking the streets of a ghost town at the March 7 event, with just 69 animals continuing a trend towards low animal supply. A 125-pound Rideau-cross lamb represented the […] Read more



Snowstorm leads to snow day for Manitoba cattle auctions

Economic uncertainty drags on the Canadian dollar

The late-winter snowstorm which hit Western Canada the first weekend in March caused auction marts across Manitoba to cancel sales. “I don’t think anybody sold anything until (Thursday). We had no cattle at all, either sale. And Brandon had no cattle, Killarney had no cattle,” said Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden. Of […] Read more


Cattle arrive at market carrying more poundage

Auction markets now see demand coming from the U.S.

The effects of this winter’s cold temperatures are starting to become evident as cattle in Manitoba seem to be showing up at auctions weighing slightly more than last year. “Cattle eat well in the cold and they eat more when it’s cold,” said Allan Munroe of Killarney Auction Mart. Last year’s winter was difficult on […] Read more