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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


Recent snowstorm a mixed blessing for cattle markets

Recent snowstorm a mixed blessing for cattle markets

It kept cattle at home, but more precipitation was, and is, needed

After weeks of above-average temperatures and dry conditions, a snowstorm travelling across southern Manitoba on April 12-13 affected local cattle markets during the week ending April 15. The system, which brought 10-15 centimetres of snow to most areas, prompted many to wait until next week before selling their animals. Auction sites at both Ashern and

Drop in quality and numbers seen at cattle sales

Drop in quality and numbers seen at cattle sales

Cattle producers welcome AgriStability changes

Quality in cattle, especially in feeder steers, was a bit harder to find as Manitoba livestock auction found during the week ending March 25. Heavyweight feeder steers had less of a presence than in previous weeks, with only Winnipeg Livestock Sales reporting sales of feeders weighing more than 1,000 lbs. Meanwhile, lightweight feeder steers topped

Lightweight feeder steer prices decline

Lightweight feeder steer prices decline

Spring calving and weather forecasts favour buyers

Fewer cattle went through the rings at Manitoba livestock auction sites during the week ending March 12 compared to the previous week. At least 10,800 head were sold, including about 10,000 feeders this week, down from more than 12,000 the previous week. At most sites this week, prices were steady to lower for lightweight feeder


Cattle sales recover from February cold snap

Cattle sales recover from February cold snap

Feed values and the Canadian dollar are up, Chicago live cattle futures down

After frigid temperatures affected most of Manitoba earlier in February, cattle sellers made up for lost time as thousands of cattle poured through the rings during the week ending Feb. 26. More than 14,000 cattle were auctioned off across the province, including at least 13,000 feeders. By comparison, at least 7,000 cattle in total were sold at

Feeder cattle prices continue to increase

Feeder cattle prices continue to increase

Some feedlots down east still have room for Manitoba cattle

Manitoba cattle auction yards saw plenty of activity in the first week of February as more than 8,000 cattle went through the rings. By comparison, roughly 5,000 head were sold in the previous week. Feeder prices continued their steady ascent over the past few weeks as lighter-weight steers saw the greatest value. High-end steers weighing less than 500



Guelph beef plant’s shutdown alters feeder cattle traffic

Guelph beef plant’s shutdown alters feeder cattle traffic

Higher prices for feed grains put pressure on cattle markets

Livestock auction sites across the province saw a jump in activity with more cattle sold during the week ending Jan. 22. Prices for feeder cattle did not see much change from the previous week. Despite this, deliveries are still slightly lower than at the same time last year — and higher grain prices are to