Auction Markets Head Toward Summer Schedules

“This is the time of year where activity at the auction yards really begins to slow down.”

The numb er of cattle making their way to the auction yards in Mani toba continued to decline during the week ended May 28. Prices for cattle held steady to strong for top-quality cattle, while discounts for poor-choice animals continued to be significant.

“This is the time of year where activity at the auction yards really begins to slow down,” said Buddy Bergner of Ashern Livestock Mart. “At the most, there are probably one or two more weeks left before the majority of the auction yards in Manitoba start going into their summer shutdown.”

There will only be a handful of auction yards running during the summer. Some will run on a reduced schedule, such as alternating weeks.

Most of the auction yards are expected to fire up in the second or third week of August, but until then the number of cattle coming to market is likely to slow to a crawl, Bergner said.

Buyers in the East, West and U. S. were believed to have covered most of their needs for the time being or have contracts in place with producers. “The packing industry is never without,” he said.

Good demand remained in place for all the top-choice cattle during the latest week, Bergner said. Grass cattle, feeders and butchers all were in demand, which in turn helped to keep prices steady, if not at a bit higher value.

The steady demand was linked to sentiment that Manitoba livestock producers will have plenty of pasture land to work with this summer, given the early spring and adequate moisture situation.

Bergner cautioned that with the approach of the summer months, demand for Manitoba cattle from local producers was likely to drop off, as most have picked up the animals they want to work with.

Demand from eastern and western outlets was also expected to steadily decline. “It’s a seasonal issue,” he said.

Fluctuations in the value of the Canadian dollar during the week made things interesting at times, he noted. The Canadian dollar as of May 28 was quoted at US95.10 cents, which compared with US94.15 cents on May 21. The Canadian unit ranged between US92.98 and 95.75 cents during the week.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

Note: All prices in Canadian dollars per hundredweight (cwt). These prices also generally represent the top one-third of sales reported by the auction yard.

Ashern Livestock Mart: An estimated 812 head of cattle were sold at the sale held May 26. In the slaughter market, older shelly cows traded for $30 and up; age-verified D1 and D2 cows, $55-$64; D3 and D5 cows, $48-$55; and good bulls, $70-$83.75.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. ranged from $90 to $104.50; 700-800 lbs., $95-$114; 600-700 lbs., $100-$122; 500-600 lbs., $105-$129.50; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$128.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. brought $89-$100; 600-700 lbs., $90-$111; 500-600 lbs., $95-$115 and 400-500 lbs., $100-$114.50.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The May 25 sale saw a total of 281 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $60 to $67 while cows brought $35-$55, with age verified up to $61.50.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $84 to $97.50; 800-900 lbs., $91-$98; 700-800 lbs., $82-$100; 600-700 lbs., $90-$114; 500-600 lbs., $95-$125; and 400-500 lbs., $99-$128.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $83 to $87; 800-900 lbs., $70-$88; 700-800 lbs., $70-$92.50; 600-700 lbs., $79-$103; 500-600 lbs., $80-$109.50; 400-500 lbs., $84-$117; and 300-400 lbs., $103-$115.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: Information was not available from Grunthal this week.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 493 cattle were on offer at Brandon during the week. A1-A2 steers traded from $80 to $84; A1-A2 heifers, $80-$83; D1-D2 cows, $58-$63, age verified $60-$66.25; D3 cows, $48-$55; and good bulls, $72-$80.50.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $88 to $95; 700-800 lbs., $95-$110; 600-700 lbs., $102-$117; 500-600 lbs., $110-$126.75; and 400-500 lbs., $115-$130.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $85 to $90.75; 700-800 lbs., $90-$96; 600-700 lbs., $92-$105; 500-600 lbs., $100-$110; 400-500 lbs., $100-$111; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$110.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were about 619 cattle sold at the sale held May 26. Butcher steers brought $82-$86.75 while butcher heifers sold from $80 to $85. Ageverified/ young cows sold from $60 to $65.75; D1-D2 cows, $58-$63; D3 cows, $53-$57; shelly cows, $48-$53; and mature bulls, $73-$80.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $87-$94.50; 800-900 lbs., $95-$104; 700-800 lbs., $100-$112.50; 600-700 lbs., $108-$122; 500-600 lbs., $111-$126; 400-500 lbs., $115-$129; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$135.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $78 to $88; 800-900 lbs., $83-$94; 700-800 lbs., $88-$99; 600-700 lbs., $95-$106; 500-600 lbs., $97-$112; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$114.

Killarney Auction Mart: There were 145 cattle sold at the May 27 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows went from $60.50 to $76; D3 and D4 cows, $38-$60; and bulls, $65-$76.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold for $82 to $89.25; 800-900 lbs., $75-$88.25; 700-800 lbs., $90-$103.50; 600-700 lbs., $100-$106.25; 500-600 lbs., $104-$113; 400-500 lbs., $110-$116; and 300-400 lbs., $121-$121.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. brought $87-$89; 600-700 lbs., $90-$98; 500-600 lbs., $98-$107; 400-500 lbs., $105-$109; and 300-400 lbs., $104-$105.

Killarney will not hold a sale June 3.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: Pipestone did not hold a sale this week due to the Victoria Day holiday.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 463 cattle were sold at the May 27 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $54 to $60; D3-D4 cows, $40-$50; and bulls, $75-$84.25.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $95 to $106.50; 700-800 lbs., $104-$113; 600-700 lbs., $110-$120; 500-600 lbs., $110-$126; and 400-500 lbs., $115-$127.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $85-$97.50; 700-800 lbs., $90-$97.50; 600-700 lbs., $100-$112; 500-600 lbs., $98-$110; and 400-500 lbs., $95-$108.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held May 27 resulted in 195 slaughter cattle and 200 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. brought $82-$86; A1 and A2 heifers over 850 lbs., $78-$83; D1 and D2 cows, $60-$70; D3 and D5 cows, $50-$60; and good bulls, $74-$78.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $90-$95; 800-900 lbs., $95-$104; 700-800 lbs., $100-$108; 600-700 lbs., $105-$115; 500-600 lbs., $110-$118; 400-500 lbs., $110-$120; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$125.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $85 to $92; 700-800 lbs., $90-$95; 600-700 lbs., $95-$100; 500-600 lbs., $95-$105; 400-500 lbs., $100-$108; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$112.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were 1,760 head of cattle sold during the week ending May 28. In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold from $89 to $90.50; select steers and heifers, $80-$84; dry fed cows, $52-$56; good fleshed, $48-$52; lean, $40-$48; young age verified, $50-$62; and good bulls, $60-$75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $88-$98.50; 800-900 lbs., $98-$107.50; 700-800 lbs., $98-$116.50; 600-700 lbs., $105-$121; 500-600 lbs., $108-$127; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$128.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $88 to $97; 700-800 lbs., $92-$106; 600-700 lbs., $100-$112.50; 500-600 lbs., $100-$114; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$116.

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