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Prices reported for feeder cattle sold in Manitoba during the week ended Feb. 20 were mixed, while the slaughter market found itself under pressure. Improved weather resulted in more cattle being offered than during the previous week, when poor weather had forced highway closures and significantly cut back sales.

Slaughter cattle through the ring were two to three cents off due to lower packer bids in both Canada and the U. S., said Darren Tully with Winnipeg Livestock Sales Ltd.

Spillover instability from equity markets put the heavier classes of feeder cattle under pressure, Tully said. Increased selectiveness and discounts were also seen on medium, plain and fleshy feeders at Winnipeg’s second auction of the week.

“We saw the Chicago futures boards all drop, whether it was for corn, for pork, or for beef. They were all lower this week and that generated a little bit of instability in everything and so we saw the feeders a little bit off, especially the heavier feeder cattle,” said Tully.

Demand was still strong for lighter, grass-weight cattle classes, he added.

Similarly strong demand for grass-weight calves was noted at Ashern. “In the last couple of weeks we’ve called the steers three to five cents higher and we’ve seen the heifers anywhere from five to 10 cents higher,” said Buddy Bergner of Ashern Auction Mart, where the number of cattle on offer jumped from 691 last week to 2,730 for the Feb. 17 sale.

Bergner said the increased total was partly due to carry-over from the week prior but higher numbers are expected over the next three to four weeks. “Guys are starting to calve cows and they need to find room and it’s also just a normal time for selling around this time of the year.”

At both auction yards, local producers were strong purchasers of grass calves while the remainder of the animals auctioned off were headed to the U. S. or out east. Fancier cattle, particularly, had been sold to eastern buyers at Winnipeg, Tully noted.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

Note: All prices in Cdn$ per hundredweight (cwt). These prices also generally represent the top one-third of sales reported by the auction yard. Ashern Livestock Mart: There were 2,740 head of cattle sold at the sale held Feb. 18. Of those, 300 were for slaughter; the remaining 2,440 were feeders.

In the slaughter market, older shelly cows sold from $10 to $20; D1 and D2 cows brought $45-$52, while D3 and D5 cows traded from $38 to $42. Good bulls sold from $55 to $65.75 and heiferettes brought up to $70.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $78 to $90; 800-900 lbs., $90-$105; 700-800 lbs., $95-$107; 600-700 lbs., $100-$115.75; 500-600 lbs., $105-$118.50; and 400-500 lbs., $115-$129. Feeder heifers in the 800-to 900-lb. category brought $80-$91.75; 700-800 lbs., $85-$95.50; 600-700 lbs., $87-$96.50; 500-600 lbs., $79-$104; and 400-500 lbs., $80-$105.

Gladstone Auction Mart: There were 1,418 head of cattle sold at the Feb. 17 auction. Feeder steers weighing 900 to 1,000 lbs. sold from $80 to $94.50; 800-900 lbs., $80-$102.50; 700-800 lbs., $80-$105.25; 600-700 lbs., $85-$111.50; 500-600 lbs., $95-$123.75; 400-500 lbs., $105-$130; and 300-400 lbs., $105-$123. Bulls brought in $40-$63.50. Feeder heifers in the 900-1,000 lb. weight class sold for $60-$85; 800-900 lbs., $65-$91; 700-800 lbs., $75-$98.50; 600-700 lbs., $80-$109; 500-600 lbs., $80-$104; 400-500 lbs., $85-$106.50; and 300-400 lbs., $85-$107.50. Cows sold for $15 to $55.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: The Feb. 18 sale saw 1,320 head of cattle sold, including 239 slaughter animals and 1,081 feeders.

In the slaughter market, age-verified cows traded from $54 to $59.50; mature good fleshed cows, $40-$49.50; mature lean cows, $23-$28.50; young bulls, $53.25-$58.50; and mature bulls, $43-$47.50.

Feeder heifers in the 900 to 1,000 lb. weight class sold from $64 to $75.75; 800-900 lbs., $75-$86.50; 700-800 lbs., $80-$92; 600-700 lbs., $82-$96.75; 500-600 lbs., $90-$109; and 400-500 lbs., $95-$111. Feeder steers weighing between 900 and 1,000 lbs. fetched $78-$89.50; 800-900 lbs., $83-$95; 700-800 lbs., $83-$96.25; 600-700 lbs., $89-$112; 500-600 lbs., $93-$118; and 400-500 lbs., $112-$127.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: There were 478 cattle on offer Feb. 16. Of those, 41 were slaughter animals and 437 were feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 cows brought $38-$45, D2 cows $32-$36 and D3 cows $20-$31. Bulls traded from $53 to $64.75 and age-verified cows were auctioned off for $44-$50.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $85 to $95; 700-800 lbs., $86-$107; 600-700 lbs., $86-$111.50; 500-600 lbs., $90-$119.50; 400-500 lbs., $92-$119.50; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$122. Feeder heifers in the 800-to 900-lb. weight category brought $78-$87.50; 700-800 lbs., $84-$96; 600-700 lbs., $85-$100; 500-600 lbs., $85-$102; 400-500 lbs., $90-$103.75; and 300-400 lbs., $85-$102.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart Ltd.: An estimated 1,469 head of cattle were sold at the sale held Feb. 19. Of those, 170 were for the slaughter market; the remainder were feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows brought $42-$52.50; D3 cows, $28-$39 and bulls, $56-$63.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. fetched $90-$98; 700-800 lbs., $94-$104; 600-700 lbs., $100-$112; 500-600 lbs., $105-$122; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$125. Feeder heifers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight class sold from $75 to $85; 800-900 lbs., $84-$90; 700-800 lbs., $90-$94; 600-700 lbs., $90-$97; 500-600 lbs., $90-$103; and 400-500 lbs., $90-$105. Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 1,351 head of cattle were sold at Brandon Feb. 17. In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows traded from $40 to $52.25; D3 cows, $30-$40; and mature bulls, $52-$61.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $82 to $92.50; 800-900 lbs., $92-$98.50; 700-800 lbs., $98-$107.50; 600-700 lbs., $102-115.50; 500-600 lbs., $110-$120; 400-500 lbs., $110-$122; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$123. Feeder heifers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight class saw $78-$84, 800-900 lbs., $82-$90; 700-800 lbs., $88-$99; 600-700 lbs., $90-$100.50; 500-600 lbs., $92-$101.50; and 400-500 lbs., $92-$102.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were 2,948 head of cattle on offer here at the Feb. 18 auction. In the slaughter market, butcher steers sold from $81 to $85; butcher heifers, $80-$83; and age-verified young cows, $47-$54. D1-D2 cows sold from $40 to $46; D3 cows brought $36-$39. Shelly cows traded $30-$35 while mature bulls fetched $58-$65.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category sold from $86 to $94; 800-900 lbs., $91-$99.75; 700-800 lbs., $96-$110; 600-700 lbs., $102-$115; 500-600 lbs., $107-$121; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$124. Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., sold from $78-$85; 800-900 lbs., $83-$92; 700-800 lbs., $87-$94; 600-700 lbs., $90-$101; 500-600 lbs., $92-$103; and 400-500 lbs., $94-$104.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The Feb. 19 auction saw a total of 884 cattle sold, 148 of which were slaughter cattle; 736 were feeders.

In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers weighing over 1,000 lbs. sold from $78 to $84.50, while A1 and A2 heifers over 850 lbs. sold from $77 to $83.25. D1 and D2 cows fetched $34-$46.50; D3 and D5 $20-$32.50; good bulls $48-$62.50; age-verified cows, up to $60; and age-verified bulls, up to $68.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. saw $86-$98.50; 800-900 lbs., $92-$106; 700-800 lbs., $98-$113.50; 600-700 lbs., $102-$117.75; 500-600 lbs., $104-$121; 400-500 lbs., $108-$122.50; and 300-400 lbs., $108-$124. Feeder heifers in the 800-to 900-lb. weight class saw $77-$94.50; 700-800 lbs., $82-$97.50; 600-700 lbs., $85-$102.50; 500-600 lbs., $90-$104; 400-500 lbs., $94-$106.50; and 300-400 lbs., $96-$108.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales, Winnipeg: A total of 2,565 cattle were on offer here at the Feb. 17 and Feb. 20 sales. In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold from $82 to $86; select steers and heifers, $78-$82; and dry fed cows, $36-$44. Good fleshed cows fetched $30-$38; lean cows, $24-$34; young age-verified cows, $44-$62; and good bulls, $48-$63.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category sold from $80 to $87; 800-900 lbs., $86-$96.25; 700-800 lbs., $89-$98.50; 600-700 lbs., $89-$111.50; 500-600 lbs. , $102-$119; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$120. Feeder heifers in the 800-to 900-lb. weight class sold from $80 to $88; 700-800 lbs., $82-$90.25; 600-700 lbs., $88-$96.75; and 500-600 lbs., $95-$106.

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