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Manitoba cattle market defies trend

The province’s geographic proximity to significant domestic markets is coming into play

Ontario and Quebec interest continues to buoy prices at Manitoba cattle auctions. “Pound for pound, on the good end of the calves, we’re probably still $5 to $7 per hundredweight better than they (Alberta) are,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co. On Oct. 31, good 600-lb. steers at Virden, Man., were attracting prices […] Read more

Manitoba auctions attract lots of lighter cattle

Feeder markets are expected steady through to Christmas

Harold Unrau, manager of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart, has some advice for cattle producers who might be looking at thinning their herds. Look for other options first — sell calves early, maybe even potential replacement animals, depending on the situation — before selling cows. “It’s a bad time to reduce your herd, because butcher cows […] Read more

Manitoba cattle values steady with Ontario, U.S. interest

Producers face both higher feed costs and a falling loonie

Manitoba cattle auctions reported strong prices this week amid good interest from the U.S. and Ontario. Prices slipped slightly, but remain at relatively strong levels, according to Manitoba Beef Producers general manager Brian Lemon and Brian Perillat of cattle market analysis firm Canfax. “Prices are still down a bit. But they are still softening from […] Read more

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‘Gap’ season more active than normal for cattle sales

Poor pasture conditions cause an early-fall calf run prediction

It’s sometimes known as the gap season in cattle markets — that slow time of year between the early spring and fall-winter sales runs. But there are decent profits producers can pick up now, said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying. “Cattle are actually bringing a profit and the buyers are a bit reluctant to […] Read more


Few cattle are on offer to soak up increases in prices

Market watchers haven’t yet seen a ‘wall of cattle’ arrive

With few cattle moving through the system it’s tough to get a real test on prices, but Mike Nernberg of Winnipeg Livestock Sales said small numbers were moving in Alberta. With 50 yearlings sold earlier this week, the count was too small to provide a solid indication of prices, but 900-lb. heifers sold around the […] Read more

Cows herded in to holding pen

Feeders slow to set price; U.S. futures try to rally

Global trade worries aren’t yet affecting beef demand

Cash cattle markets on both sides of the border and futures in the U.S. are reporting sluggish volumes but steady prices. Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying said few feeders are entering sales rings and most of what’s being sold on cash markets are cull cows and bulls. “With our holiday on Sunday, Monday and […] Read more

Good potato yields despite challenging year

A dry summer required a lot of irrigation and was followed by a dry fall that delayed digging

Many Manitoba potato growers faced nail-biting times this autumn as they struggled to get the crop off. In the end, however, yields are expected to be similar to last year. Dave Sawatzky, manager of Keystone Potato Producers Association, said he predicts yields will roughly be on par or slightly better than 2016’s harvest, when Manitoba […] Read more

Manitoba markets shrug off bearish fundamentals

Sales in the southwest region book larger numbers

Lively activity at Manitoba cattle markets during the week ended Sept. 29 was surprising, given current market fundamentals, said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co., in Virden. Calves coming to market straight off cows were attracting higher prices and higher volumes, at least in southern markets, he said. The market in Virden had almost […] Read more

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Markets show heavy traffic on rising cattle prices

Drought hasn’t put as many yearlings on market as expected

Manitoba cattle auctions are gearing up for a busy fall run following a slow summer with feedlots coming off eight to 10 months of successive profits. Feeder cattle prices were fully steady to a bit higher during the week ended Sept. 22 with more than 9,000 animals being sold at the province’s eight major auction […] Read more

Manitoba cattle marts continue slow summer pace

Packers can draw on heavy supplies of fed cattle

Most Manitoba cattle markets are still a few weeks away from opening after the summer slowdown, with low numbers being reported at locations that are open. Rick Wright, a broker for Heartland Order Buying Co., said markets that have been open are generally selling fewer than 200 head. Of those, he said one-third to one-half […] Read more