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Manitoba’s cattle auctions off to slow start in 2019

Inclement weather helped keep a lid on cattle traffic

Only four of Manitoba’s eight major cattle auctions had sales last week, with sales numbers down compared to those before the holiday break. For the week ending Jan. 11, auctions at Brandon, Grunthal, Virden and Winnipeg sold a total of 1,164 cattle, with weather having played a role in the lower numbers. “We ran into […] Read more


Western Canadian wheat bids down in most regions

Average CWRS prices in western and eastern Manitoba bucked the downward trend

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly down for the week ended Jan. 4 because of a stronger Canadian dollar. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down $1-$2, except in eastern and western Manitoba which were up $3-$5, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points […] Read more



Manitoba sees good cattle prices in 2018 despite adverse weather

Concerns over a U.S. ‘wall of beef’ may drag on markets

As 2018 wraps up and Manitoba’s cattle auctions wind down their operations for the holidays, the total number of head sold so far has already surpassed the previous year’s numbers. While there is some optimism in the cattle industry for better numbers in 2019, it comes down to ‘wait and see.’ Going into December, 365,791 […] Read more


Wheat and U.S. dollars

Western Canadian wheat bids up with U.S. futures

MGEX and K.C. March wheats climbed while CBOT March wheat slipped on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly up for the week ended Dec. 14 on strength in U.S. futures and a weaker Canadian dollar. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were mostly up $2-$7, except in eastern Manitoba where they were down $1, according to price quotes from a […] Read more



Western Canadian wheat bids rise with U.S. futures

March wheat futures climbed by about one to three per cent on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were up for the week ended Dec. 7, as strength in U.S. futures provided support. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up $5-$7, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Average prices ranged […] Read more


Canada will lead world in plant protein

Pulse executive Murad Al-Katib is predicting great things for western Canadian agriculture in the coming years

Murad Al-Katib believes there are tremendous opportunities for Canadian agriculture on the world stage. The president and CEO of Regina-based AGT Food and Ingredients delivered this message Nov. 14 as the keynote speaker at the 2018 edition of the Grain World conference in Winnipeg. “When I was a kid I used to say we are […] Read more



Cows herded in to holding pen

Fall cattle rush tapers off for most Manitoba auction sales

Cattle numbers are still increasing at Ashern, though

Bucking the trend of declining numbers of cattle going to auction, Ashern Auction Mart is still witnessing increasing numbers and expecting more. Ashern had numbers jump by 21 per cent for its Nov. 28 sale, according to manager Kirk Kiesman, who said he’s expecting more for its Dec. 5 sale. “I would say we are […] Read more


CWRS bids hold steady in Western Canada

MGEX, CBOT and K.C. March wheat were down on the week, but so was the loonie

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended Nov. 23, with a steady tone in Canada Western Red Spring wheat as pressure from soft U.S. futures was countered by support from a weaker Canadian dollar. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices held within 50 cents of unchanged, according to price […] Read more



Prairies’ wheats rise with weaker loonie

Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City December wheat futures all fell on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were up for the week ended Nov. 16, as a weaker Canadian dollar supported prices. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were up by as much as $3 per tonne, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price […] Read more


Cattle still hitting auctions in numbers

Yet prices are staying relatively steady even in the face of the deliveries

Cattle sold at the major Manitoba auctions for the week ended Nov. 9 saw prices vary, with some dropping and others holding steady depending on the weight category. “Generally they’re fairly steady. That’s always a positive,” said Allan Munroe of Killarney Auction Mart in Killarney. Killarney’s Nov. 7 auction saw 700- to 800-lb. feeder steers […] Read more