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Auction Yards Might Shut Early For Summer

– Gene Parks, Pipestone Livestock Sales

“…marketings have been declining and could result in (an) early summer shutdown…”

The movement of cattle to auction yards in Manitoba picked up somewhat during the week ended May 14 from the previous week’s level, but the numbers were beginning to slow overall as producers in the province begin to concentrate on spring seeding.

“With the recent wet conditions, pastures have also started to green up, and producers are starting to turn cattle out as a result,” said Gene Parks at Pipestone Livestock Sales.

Even if the pastures were not quite ready, he noted, producers will temporarily haul the feed out to the cattle until the pastures can support the numbers.

“Basically, with the early spring, the marketings have been declining and could result in the early summer shutdown of some of the auction yards in the province,” Parks speculated.

Wet conditions in some regions of Manitoba also continued to prevent cattle marketings.

Values for the various types of cattle continued to hold firm levels, and in some cases may have seen some strengthening, Parks said.

“The bids for the high-quality cattle continued to be strong, but heavy discounts were seen for the poor-quality animals,” he said.

Demand for butcher steers and heifers from the packers in the eastern and western regions of Canada continued to remain strong. The strong demand continued to reflect the continued downtrend in the size of Canada’s cattle herd.

Good values were also available for cows and bulls, Parks said.

Premiums for age-verified cattle were not as significant as they once were, he added.

Downward price action seen in the value of the Canadian dollar continued to help stimulate some of the demand seen for the cattle, Parks said.

The Canadian dollar as of Friday was quoted at US96.94 cents, up from the 94.75-cent level seen on May 7, but below the 98.16-cent high reached during the week.

Money market specialists continue to speculate that the Canadian dollar will be moving back above par with the U. S. currency, sooner rather than later.

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 Auction Mart: An estimated 1,374 head of cattle were sold at the sale held May 12. In the slaughter market, older shelly cows traded for $30 and up; age-verified D1 and D2 cows, $57-$69; D3 and D5 cows, $45-$56; and good bulls, $75-$83.

Feeder steers weighing 700-800 lbs. ranged from $95 to $107; 600-700 lbs., $105-$122; 500-600 lbs., $110-$130; 400-500 lbs., $116-$135; and 300-400 lbs., $120-$134.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $80-$91; 700-800 lbs., $85-$99; 600-700 lbs., $90-$109.75; 500-600 lbs., $105-$115.50; 400-500 lbs., $109-$117; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$115.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The May 11 sale saw a total of 522 head of cattle sold. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $60 to $67 while cows brought $30-$50, with age verified up to $55.50.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $77 to $93.50; 800-900 lbs., $85-$97; 700-800 lbs., $90-$108.50; 600-700 lbs., $100-$113.75; 500-600 lbs., $103-$129; 400-500 lbs., $116-$135; and 300-400 lbs., $112-$142.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $68 to $77.75; 800-900 lbs., $75-$91.50; 700-800 lbs., $75-$100; 600-700 lbs., $80-$108; 500-600 lbs., $90-$142.50; 400-500 lbs., $100-$116.50; and 300-400 lbs., $104-$117.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: There were 102 slaughter cattle and 299 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard May 12. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $62 to $65; lean export cows, $54-$60; mature cows, $54-$58; feeding cows, $54-$64; export bulls, $65-$69.75; and mature bulls, $62-$66.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $85 to $91.50; 700-800 lbs., $90-$99; 600-700 lbs., $95-$106; 500-600 lbs., $98-$108; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$115.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $92 to $102.50; 700-800 lbs., $100-$109; 600-700 lbs., $110-$119.50; 500-600 lbs., $114-$124; and 400-500 lbs., $118-$126.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 1,010 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. A1-A2 steers traded from $82 to $87.75; A1-A2 heifers, $80-$85.75; D1-D2 cows $58-$64, age verified, $60-$68; feeder cows, $50-$57; shells, $30-$49; and good bulls, $68-$75.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $88 to $94.25; 800-900 lbs., $90-$104.50; 700-800 lbs., $95-$109.25; 600-700 lbs., $102-$116; 500-600 lbs., $110-$126.50; 400-500 lbs., $115-$134.25; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$136.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $80 to $89.25; 800-900 lbs., $82-$92.50; 700-800 lbs., $90-$100; 600-700 lbs., $92-$106; 500-600 lbs., $95-$106.50; 400-500 lbs., $100-$113.50; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$108.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were about 841 cattle sold at the sale held May 12. Butcher steers brought $81-$86.75 while butcher heifers sold from $79 to $85.25. Age -verified/young cows sold from $60 to $66; D1-D2 cows, $57-$63; D3 cows, $53-$57; shelly cows, $48-$53; and mature bulls, $67-$73.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $86-$93.50; 800-900 lbs., $94-$104.50; 700-800 lbs., $100-$111.50; 600-700 lbs., $107-$118; 500-600 lbs., $110-$126; 400-500 lbs., $115-$135; and 300-400 lbs., $118-$135.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $78 to $84; 800-900 lbs., $81-$91; 700-800 lbs., $87-$99; 600-700 lbs., $96-$107; 500-600 lbs., $98-$110; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$115.

Killarney Auction Mart: There were 375 cattle sold at the May 13 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows went from $57 to $69; D3 and D4 cows, $45-$56; and bulls, $57-$69.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold for $84; 800-900 lbs., $86-$100.50; 700-800 lbs., $95.50-$110; 600-700 lbs., $98.50-$115; 500-600 lbs., $102-$124.50; 400-500 lbs., $120.50-$136.25 and 300-400 lbs., $133-$136.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $78.50-$88.50; 800-900 lbs., $81-$90; 700-800 lbs., $85-$98; 600-700 lbs., $88.50-$102.50; 500-600 lbs., $93-$107.50; 400-500 lbs., $95-$115; and 300-400 lbs., $101-$109.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: There were 162 cattle sold at the sale held May 10. In the slaughter market, D1 cows sold from $54 to $59.50, age verified up to $63.50; D2 cows, $47-$52.50; D3 cows, $39-$45; and bulls, $70-$74.50.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs., fetched $90-$102; 700-800 lbs., $96-$114; 600-700 lbs., $107-$119; 500-600 lbs., $110-$126; and 400-500 lbs., $115-$135.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $78 to $89.75; 700-800 lbs., $84-$96; 600-700 lbs., $89-$102; 500-600 lbs., $96-$110; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$116.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 938 cattle were sold at the May 13 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $55 to $62; D3-D4 cows, $44-$50; and bulls, $72-$83.25.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $95 to $103; 700-800 lbs., $100-$114; 600-700 lbs., $110-$125; 500-600 lbs., $110-$122; and 400-500 lbs., $115-$132.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. brought $88-$96; 600-700 lbs., $95-$108; 500-600 lbs., $98-$111; and 400-500 lbs., $95-$112.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held May 13 resulted in 135 slaughter cattle and 100 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., $80-$84; D1 and D2 cows, $55-$64; D3 and D5 cows, $48-$55; and good bulls, $68-$75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $85-$95; 800-900 lbs., $95-$102; 700-800 lbs., $100-$110; 600-700 lbs., $105-$115; 500-600 lbs., $110-$120; 400-500 lbs., $115-$125; and 300-400 lbs., $120-$128.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $85 to $90; 700-800 lbs., $88-$95; 600-700 lbs., $92-$102; 500-600 lbs., $95-$105; 400-500 lbs., $100-$108; and 300-400 lbs., $105-$112.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 139 head of cattle sold during the sale May 11. Information for the sale held May 14 was not made available.

In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold from $84-$88; select steers & heifers $80-$84; dry fed cows, $50-$54; good fleshed, $48-$52; lean, $40-$48; young age verified, $52-$64; and good bulls, $60-$72.75.

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