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Alberta Picks Up Slack As U. S. Demand Drops

The large numbers moving through Manitoba’s cattle yards during the week ended Oct. 22 did little to temper the upside in prices, as solid demand helped values on most classes of cattle remain strong.

Cattle buyer Rick Wright with Heartland Order Buying Co. at Virden said volumes were at their large seasonal levels, with generally good prices across the board.

While the calf run was in full swing, Wright said the light offerings of yearlings were still seeing strong prices as well.

“Normally, when the calves start to run, they lose interest in the yearlings,” said Wright, “but there seems to be renewed interest out of Alberta on the yearlings and prices rebounded to seasonal highs.” There were a few players who were absent earlier in the year but were now coming to the marketplace, he added.

As for calves, Wright said the lightweight animals under 500 pounds were seeing some “extremely aggressive” demand from all sectors. Heavier cattle were fully steady to firmer as well.

“We’ve seen more interest this fall from Alberta for Manitoba cattle than we’ve seen for many years,” said Wright. The Alberta demand was timely, he added, given the fact that U. S. demand has become virtually nonexistent.

“Alberta has picked up the slack and the demand is stronger than the supply right now,” he said. The demand was somewhat surprising, he added, given high feed prices and the relatively poor butcher market.

“These guys seem to feel that the market will come to them, and they are very aggressively pursuing the cattle,” he said, adding that “there’s some great optimism out there someplace.”

Heifers are generally running 10 to 12 cents behind the steers, but heifers are still bringing more than steers brought last year at this time, “so they’re not complaining too much,” said Wright.

He expected volumes at Manitoba’s auction yards to remain large for the next few weeks, and “provided the weather stays good, I expect the market for the calves will stay fairly strong.”

Looking at cull cows, Wright said numbers were not very large, as pasture conditions remain relatively good.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

Note:AllpricesinCanadian dollarsperhundredweight.These pricesalsogenerallyrepresentthe topone-thirdofsalesreportedby theauctionyard.

Ashern Livestock Mart:An estimated 2,587 head of cattle were sold at the sale held Oct. 20. Included in the sale were 137 slaughter cattle and 2,450 feeders.

In the slaughter market, heiferettes sold from $62 to $85; older shelly cows, $35 and up; D1 and D2 cows, $45-$51; U. S. age verified, $50-$56; D3 and D5 cows, $40-$47; and good bulls, $60-$70.

Feeder steers weighing 700- 800 lbs. ranged from $104 to $114; 600-700 lbs., $105-$123.25; 500-600 lbs., $110-$135; 400-500 lbs., $135-$152; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$154.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs., brought $90-$102; 700- 800 lbs., $92-$108.50; 600-700 lbs., $95-$106.50; 500-600 lbs., $99- $119.50; 400-500 lbs., $100-$122; and 300-400 lbs., $104-$124.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The Oct. 19 sale saw a total of 1,225 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $56 to $62.50 while cows brought $30- $56.50.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $75 to $97.50; 800-900 lbs., $90-$113.75; 700-800 lbs., $90- $118; 600-700 lbs., $110-$124; 500-600 lbs., $110-$140; 400-500 lbs., $120-$155; and 300-400 lbs., $147-$163.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. sold from $80 to $104; 700-800 lbs., $85-$109.75; 600- 700 lbs., $85-$110; 500-600 lbs., $90-$118; 400-500 lbs., $100-$126; and 300-400 lbs., $90-$134.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 123 slaughter cattle and 987 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on Oct. 20. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $52 to $57; lean export cows, $45-$49; mature cows, $40-$47; feeding cows, $52- $58; export bulls, $61-$65; and mature bulls, $52-$58.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $95 to $106; 700-800 lbs., $100-$109.50; 600-700 lbs., $100-$109; 500-600 lbs., $107- $117; 400-500 lbs., $115-$129; and under 400 lbs., $115-$136.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. ranged from $102 to $111; 700-800 lbs., $106-$114.50; 600- 700 lbs., $110-$123; 500-600 lbs., $120-$135.25; 400-500 lbs., $130- $147; and under 400 lbs., $139- $161.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 3,248 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers sold from $80 to $88; A1-A2 heifers, $80-$84; D1-D2 cows, $52-$54; feeder cows, $45- $51; shells, $35-$45; and good bulls, $62-$65.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $92 to $96; 800-900 lbs., $100-$108.75; 700- 800 lbs., $105-$118; 600-700 lbs., $112-$126; 500-600 lbs., $118- $135; 400-500 lbs., $130-$155; and 300-400 lbs., $135-$167.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs., brought $90-$101.50; 800-900 lbs., $90-$102; 700-800 lbs., $95-$108; 600-700 lbs., $100- $110; 500-600 lbs., $108-$124.75; 400-500 lbs., $110-$122.50; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$132.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 3,341 cattle sold at the sale held on Oct. 20. Butcher steers brought $82-$85 while butcher heifers sold from $81 to $84. Age-verified/young cows ranged from $52 to $57.50; D1-D2 cows, $50-$55; D3 cows, $46-$50; shelly cows, $35-$46; and mature bulls, $62-$67.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $97-$105.75; 800-900 lbs., $104-$114; 700-800 lbs., $108-$118; 600-700 lbs., $113- $120; 500-600 lbs., $117-$130; 400- 500 lbs., $125-$145; and 300-400 lbs., $135-$165.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $89 to $98.50; 800-900 lbs., $96-$105.50; 700-800 lbs., $97-$105.50; 600- 700 lbs., $99-$109.50; 500-600 lbs., $104-$116; and 400-500 lbs., $112-$132.

Killarney Auction Mart:There were 1,070 cattle sold at the Oct. 21 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $38.50 to $48; D3 and D4 cows, $48.50-$56; and bulls, $63.25- $66.25.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. sold for $71-$90; 800-900 lbs., $105.50-$113.50; 700-800 lbs., $102.50-$115; 600-700 lbs., $112- $119.50; 500-600 lbs., $118-$130; 400-500 lbs., $130-$150; and 300- 400 lbs., $137-$167.

Feeder heifers weighing over 900 lbs. brought $79.50-$95.50; 800-900 lbs., $92-$100; 700-800 lbs., $97-$106.50; 600-700 lbs., $95-$109; 500-600 lbs., $104- $124.50; 400-500 lbs., $118-$134; 300-400 lbs., $123-$141; and under 300 lbs., $122-$136.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 1,928 cattle were sold at the Oct. 21 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $48 to $55; D3-D4 cows, $40-$47; canners, $30-$42; and bulls, $61- $66.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $100-$106; 800- 900 lbs., $102-$109; 700-800 lbs., $107-$114; 600-700 lbs., $116- $125; 500-600 lbs., $125-$135; and 400-500 lbs., $125-$152.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $95 to $106; 700-800 lbs., $98-$108; 600-700 lbs., $102-$112; 500-600 lbs., $105- $116; 400-500 lbs., $110-$131 and 300-400 lbs., $110-$131.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The sale held Oct. 21 resulted in 140 slaughter cattle and 1,213 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. sold from $81-$85; A1 and A2 heifers over 800 lbs., $78-$82.50; D1 and D2 cows, $48-$55; D3 and D5 cows, $40-$48; and good bulls $60-$66.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $100-$110; 800- 900 lbs., $105-$112; 700-800 lbs., $110-$118; 600-700 lbs., $118- $125; 500-600 lbs., $125-$136; 400-500 lbs., $135-$150; and 300- 400 lbs., $145-$158.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $95 to $105; 700-800 lbs., $100-$108; 600-700 lbs., $105-$115; 500-600 lbs., $105- $118; 400-500 lbs., $110-$125; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$130.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 2,495 head of cattle sold during the week ending Oct. 22. In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold for up to $83.50; dry fed cows, $43-$48; good fleshed, $38-$44; lean, $30-$40; young age-verified, $35-$53; and good bulls, $54-$64.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$106.25; 800-900 lbs., $102-$111.50; 700- 800 lbs., $105-$115.75; 600-700 lbs., $110-$126; 500-600 lbs., $115- $136; 400-500 lbs., $125-$150; and under 400 lbs., $125-$165.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $92 to $102; 800-900 lbs., $92-$107; 700-800 lbs., $95-$110; 600-700 lbs., $95- $108.50; 500-600 lbs., $100-$130; 400-500 lbs., $110-$135.50; and under 400 lbs., $115-$139.

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