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Cattle numbers increase as fall run gets rolling

Cattle numbers increase as fall run gets rolling

Despite higher counts, prices remain sustained

While last summer’s drought was severely damaging for the cattle industry in Manitoba, the fall run has already got off to a great start. All eight cattle auction sites in the province hosted regular sales during the week ended Sept. 30. “It’s just starting to get going,” said Keith Cleaver, manager of Heartland Livestock Services in Brandon.

Manitoba’s fall cattle run begins

Manitoba’s fall cattle run begins

Busier sales have led to a wider range of prices

The fall cattle run shifted into full gear as all eight Manitoba cattle auction sites conducted regular sales during the week ended Sept. 16. Rains helped extend the pasture season during the previous week, keeping many cattle producers at home. However, the season could only last so long, as producers decided it was time to


Room for optimism seen in southwest

Room for optimism seen in southwest

Rainfall has taken some of the urgent edge off sales in the region

Drought has been the major story for Manitoba cattle producers this summer, but the effects have varied depending on the region. While the Interlake and parts of eastern Manitoba have been hit the hardest by the hot and dry conditions, southwestern Manitoba has received much more precipitation, creating a less desperate situation for cattle sales.

Cattle numbers increase as fall season begins

Cattle numbers increase as fall season begins

Early start to fall run reflects unseasonably hot and dry weather

Despite only having 259 feeder and butcher cattle going through the rings on Aug. 10, Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart was one of a few auction sites across the province beginning their season early due to unseasonably hot and dry weather. While there weren’t enough feeders to establish a market, 109 to be exact, auctioneer and sales representative Brad

Fall cattle run earlier than expected

Fall cattle run earlier than expected

Drought conditions continue to drive volumes as producers forced to sell

Increasing demand from cattle producers selling their herds convinced Tyler Slawinski of Gladstone Auction Mart to hold a sale Aug. 3, even if it wasn’t entirely the best idea. “We had 160 head. It wasn’t cost feasible to run a sale that small, but we like to provide a service for producers in need. That’s


Temperatures rise but prices cool at cattle auctions

Temperatures rise but prices cool at cattle auctions

Some Manitoba cattle may start heading east as volumes rise

As hot and dry weather continues to blister the Prairies including Manitoba, the volume of cattle sales has stayed consistent as more and more producers sell their animals. “With the dry conditions, we are going to be getting busier. We are staying open through the summer to serve our customers,” said Robin Hill of Heartland

Cattle auctions slow down for summer

Cattle auctions slow down for summer

Some auctions are anticipating an early return if dry conditions continue

Entering July, some Manitoba cattle auction sites either are or will soon take their summer break. But continuing drought-like conditions may increase selling demand for cattle producers and auction sites could see their summer vacation be shorter than normal. “We had our last regular sale for the summer break here (on June 29),” said Tyler

Rains, weaker loonie help cattle producers

Rains, weaker loonie help cattle producers

Chicago August live cattle last week touched contract highs

Another week saw another summertime decline in the number of cattle going through the rings at Manitoba auction sites for the week ended June 17. In total, 2,449 feeders and butchers were sold at auction sites over the week, with only Ashern and Ste. Rose du Lac not conducting sales. That’s down from the 3,107 animals


Late-May rainfall welcomed as cattle bids decline

Late-May rainfall welcomed as cattle bids decline

Rising feed prices and a stronger loonie have dragged on values

It was another week of declining cattle numbers at livestock auction sites across Manitoba during the week ended May 27. As auction sites in Gladstone, Killarney and Ste. Rose du Lac were closed for the week, only 2,375 cattle went through the rings, down from 2,426 the previous week. Of those 2,375, at least 950

Weather, slaughter market warming up

Weather, slaughter market warming up

A continued dry spell could boost demand for sales

Fewer cattle went through the rings at Manitoba auction sites during the week ending May 13, but the slaughter market is seeing higher numbers as the mercury rises. With temperatures hovering around 20 C across southern Manitoba in the midst of dry conditions, more producers chose to sell butcher cattle earlier than expected. At least 610 were sold during