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Manitoba fall cattle run behind schedule

Many factors hampering auction movement

Cattle prices were steady to slightly higher at Manitoba’s cattle auctions during the week ended Oct. 24, with supply chain bottlenecks causing concern on both the supply and demand side. The rush of cattle volumes coming to auction have been delayed due to producers struggling with late harvests and muddy pastures. “Sometimes there’s standing crop […] Read more


Canola prices remain subdued despite weather

Growers break single-week record for canola deliveries

Canola values remained “not exactly lifeless” but rangebound during the week ended Oct. 18, seemingly unfettered by a less-than-ideal harvest season. A cold front and Colorado low hit Manitoba over Thanksgiving weekend, delivering up to 70 cm of snow in some regions. That ought to have introduced a weather premium into markets, as the canola […] Read more



Harsh fall weather weighs on Manitoba cattle values

Snow and mud have hit Manitoba hard, limiting the ability to take cattle to market

Snow, mud, and challenging fall weather across the Prairies put a damper on cattle activity in Manitoba during the week ended Oct. 11. “Guys aren’t really after cows right now,” remarked Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart. He noted feeder cattle prices were under pressure compared to the week prior. “From here right to […] Read more


Harsh fall weather weighs on Manitoba cattle values

Snow and mud have hit Manitoba hard, limiting the ability to take cattle to market

Snow, mud, and challenging fall weather across the Prairies put a damper on cattle activity in Manitoba during the week ended Oct. 11. “Guys aren’t really after cows right now,” remarked Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart. He noted feeder cattle prices were under pressure compared to the week prior. “From here right to […] Read more



Rain challenges Manitoba cattle auctions

If nothing else, recent rains have helped pastures and hay land thrive

Challenging fall weather has not spared Manitoba’s cattle auction marts, as wet pastures and delayed harvests have limited the number of cattle coming to auction. Allan Munroe of Killarney Auction Mart noticed cattle volumes were down at auction marts during the month of September. “A lot of guys can’t get their cattle out from pasture, because there are standing crops in the […] Read more


Harvest setbacks bring uncertainty to grain markets

Canola purchases from the EU have been supportive

Canola values remained sluggish and rangebound during the week ended Sept. 27, dampened by large carry-out stocks and uncertainty regarding 2019 production volumes. As harvest drags out across the Prairies, challenging weather conditions could begin to harm crop quality. While Statistics Canada earlier in the month predicted canola production to be around 19.358 million tonnes, […] Read more



Manitoba cattle markets heat up heading into autumn

Feeder cattle futures rise as corn slips creating demand

Volumes are beginning to pick up at cattle auctions across Manitoba, a trend typically observed during fall months. Butcher cattle, in particular, are coming to market in droves, mainly due to high feed prices and tight supplies following a dry summer. “There’s a lot of product on the market,” said Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock […] Read more


Tyson fire leaves province’s cattle markets unscathed

Cattle futures dropped in the Kansas fire’s wake

Prices at cattle auction markets in Manitoba were mostly steady for feeder cattle during the week ended Aug. 16 — and Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart expects that to remain the case for the time being. Last week, at Brandon’s Heartland Livestock Auction, 700- to 800-lb. feeder steers went for between $193 and $205 per hundredweight. Similarly […] Read more



Early frost risk elevated on the Prairies

One weather specialist says there’s an unsettling weather pattern established for the Prairies

Another dilemma is expected for the 2019 growing season. After a late start, western Canadian farmers could be challenged by an early end. Over the August 10 weekend there were isolated reports of frost in some areas of the Peace River region in Alberta. Other parts of the Prairies may be experiencing similar conditions sooner […] Read more


Manitoba’s West Interlake hay situation dire

Interlake region described as "abnormally dry"

MarketsFarm – The Rural Municipality of West Interlake has called on provincial and federal governments for assistance as the region faces critically low rain levels and crop yields. Current hay yields in the region are about 50 per cent of average. Typically, an average hay crop produces about one bale of hay per acre. Alternative […] Read more