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Drop in cattle marketings came as surprise to no one

Cattle prices are rather comparable to year-ago levels

Even though the number of cattle going to market was down for the week ending March 8, there were no big changes from a pricing standpoint at Manitoba’s cattle auctions, according to Rick Wright of Heartland Buying Order Co. Several auctions saw the number of head drop significantly this week compared to the previous week. […] Read more


CWRS wheat bids down, CPSR rises

Minneapolis, Kansas City and Chicago May wheat futures all tumbled on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended March 8, with losses in some classes and gains in others. While weakness in the Canadian dollar provided support, a drop in U.S. futures weighed on values. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down $1-$3 per tonne, […] Read more



Cattle prices remain ‘fully steady’ with some exceptions

Total auction sale volumes increased on the week

Cattle prices saw only small changes for the most part at several Manitoba auctions for the week ending March 1. “I felt the market was fully steady,” said Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Services’ auction facility at Virden, speaking of cattle under 700 lbs. For example, feeder heifers in the 400- to 500-lb. range were […] Read more


Western Canadian wheat bids mixed on the week

Chicago and K.C. May wheat futures dropped significantly from the previous week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mixed for the week ended March 1, as the Canadian dollar lost ground during the week and U.S. futures dropped. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down by $1 per tonne on the low side, but gained to $11 per tonne on […] Read more



Cows herded in to holding pen

Cattle turnouts mixed at Manitoba auction markets

Prices for heavier-weight cattle retreated at some sales

The amount of cattle sold at several of Manitoba’s livestock auctions was mixed for the week ending Feb. 22. Some of the auctions witnessed good increases in the number of head marketed, while other auctions saw significant drops. Gladstone had a strong increase in the number of cattle that went through its auction. For its […] Read more


Western Canadian wheat bids slide downward

Minneapolis, Kansas City and Chicago May wheat futures were all down on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were down for the week ended Feb. 22, as the Canadian dollar gained ground during the week and U.S. futures dropped. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down by $2-$12, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ […] Read more



Lightweights show strength at Manitoba auction sales

Quantities of cattle were up from previous frosty weeks

Lightweight cattle continue to do quite well at Manitoba cattle auctions, according to two people heavily involved with the cattle industry. “Lightweights were up quite a bit. Anything that’s under 600 lbs., going to the grass, certainly has a strong market,” said Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Market. At Grunthal’s Feb. 12 auction, feeder […] Read more


Weather strikes again at Manitoba livestock auctions

Values for mid-weight cattle are ‘hanging by a thread’

Bad weather continued to adversely affect some of Manitoba’s cattle auctions during the early part of the week ended Feb. 8. Strong winds whipped up snow and drove down temperatures, with wind chills sinking into the -40 C range. “I’m just looking forward to spring,” quipped Allan Munroe of Killarney Auction Mart. Regularly scheduled for […] Read more



Red spring wheat loses ground on Prairies

Minneapolis, Kansas City and Chicago March wheat futures were down on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were largely down for the week ended Feb. 8 as losses in U.S. futures countered the supportive influence of a weaker Canadian dollar. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down by about $2, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points […] Read more


Weather, dollar drag on Manitoba cattle auctions

Most auction markets handled fewer cattle on the week

The weather and the Canadian dollar were major factors at Manitoba cattle auctions for the week ending Feb. 1, according to representatives of three auction markets. “Our numbers were down because of the cold,” said Dave Nickel of Gladstone Auction Mart. For most of the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, daytime temperatures often […] Read more