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Manitoba cattle market at mercy of declining futures

Recent storms may delay arrival at markets for some cattle

Cattle volumes were down at auctions across the province on week ended May 10, as domestic and international factors plagued prices and encouraged some producers to stay home. Cattle futures have dropped considerably over the past 10 days, which contributed to the lowered numbers observed at auction. “A lot of things are happening that primary […] Read more


Prairie farmland values increase in 2018

Lower-valued land sees an increase in demand, indicating land purchases based on proximity

Farmland values across Canada increased by an average of 6.6 per cent in 2018, according to a recently published report by Farm Credit Canada (FCC). Average farmland values increased across all Prairie provinces. Saskatchewan and Alberta saw the highest average increase, both at 7.4 per cent, while Manitoba was below the national average at 3.7 […] Read more



Manitoba cattle market softens into springtime

Spring highs appear to be in, with bigger supplies ahead

Cattle volumes were down at auctions across the province on the week ended May 3, which is par for the course after spring highs were observed weeks prior. “It’s been an interesting couple of weeks,” said Brian Perillat of Canfax in Calgary. “We’ve seen weakness recently in the cash markets.” Perillat believed that spring highs […] Read more


CPSR and CWRS wheat bids show strength

MGEX July spring wheat rose slightly on the week, while CBOT and K.C. July wheat slipped

Western Canadian wheat bids were mostly up during the week ended May 3, with steady gains observed across the Prairies. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent) wheat prices were steady to up as much as $2 in most locations. However, losses of $1-$2 were reported in southwestern Saskatchewan and in Alberta’s Peace […] Read more



CPSR wheat bids up, CWRS down on the week

MGEX, K.C. and CBOT May wheat futures all declined from the previous week

Western Canadian wheat bids were mainly steady during the week ended April 26, with minor losses observed across the Prairies for Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat and modest gains for Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR). Average CWRS (13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down by about $1 per tonne at most locations, with […] Read more


CPRS, CWRS bids down

Average prices ranged from about $227 per tonne to as high as C$247 a tonne

Western Canadian wheat bids were down during the week ended April 18, with losses across the board in both hard red spring wheat and Prairie spring wheat. Average Canadian Western Red Spring (13.5 per cent CWRS) wheat prices were down by about $3 per tonne at most locations, with only eastern Manitoba seeing a decline […] Read more



Manitoba cattle sales show strength ahead of seeding

Demand is seen rising on weaned cattle ready for grass

Markets were busy across the province during the week ended April 12, as producers hustle to sell off stock before a busy spring. “We may have one big week after seeding, but this will be the last big-volume week,” Rick Wright of Heartland Buying Order Co. at Virden predicted. As spring temperatures rise, demand has […] Read more


CWRS wheat bids down, CPSR mixed

MGEX May spring wheat futures dropped while Chicago and K.C. wheats rose on the week

Wheat bids in Western Canada were weak for the week ended April 5, with losses observed across the Prairies. Average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down $10-$14 per tonne, according to price quotes from a cross-section of delivery points compiled by PDQ (Price and Data Quotes). Prices were […] Read more



Demand strength, moderate supplies lift cattle prices

Eastern buyers took some higher-quality slaughter cattle

Market activity was steady and predictable at Manitoba’s cattle auction for the week ended March 29. With fewer slaughter cattle coming to market each week, prices remained fairly even, lifting up three to five cents per pound in some areas. Some slaughter cattle stayed local, with higher-quality cattle heading east into Ontario and Quebec. “Fed […] Read more


Load limits, calving season drag on activity at auctions

Nebraska was often a major buyer of Manitoba cattle

As temperatures rise and calving season hits full swing, cattle auction activity in Manitoba was fairly predictable for the week ended March 22. “Numbers were lower than previous weeks,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Buying Order Co. “We expect supplies of feeder cattle to decrease steadily from now until May.” On top of calving season, […] Read more