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Bred Cows, Lighter Heifers In Demand

Ca t t l e marketings to auction yards in Manitoba experienced a small decline during the week ended March 26. Activity at the auctions was seen being on the lighter side over the next week or two given the upcoming Good Friday/Easter weekend. The implementation of spring road restrictions was also expected to make it harder for producers to move cattle.

“Some of the good marketings seen up until now were probably tied to producers wanting to move animals ahead of the ground thawing,” said Rick Wright, a cattle buyer with Heartland Order Buying Co.

Heavier steers, weighing over 800 pounds, came under some downward pressure during the week, he said. However, light steers, weighing under 800 pounds, traded fully steady to stronger.

As for heifers, the market was aggressive at times, depending on the location. “The buyers of the heifers were very sensitive to the weight of those animals and the amount of flesh that was being carried,” Wright said.

Lightweight grass heifer values also held strong, especially as producers have been buying these animals in order to breed. “That is one of the most encouraging developments we have seen in this industry for quite some time,” Wright said.

There has also been strong demand for high-quality bred cows, he said. “Most of the good-quality bred stock is going back to the farm, which in itself is promising,” he said.

This demand for replacement heifers was reflecting improved optimism among producers that maybe times are going to get a bit better. “That’s why these producers are replacing their older cows,” Wright said.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

Ashern Livestock Mart: An estimated 2,100 head of cattle were sold at the sale held March 24. In the slaughter market, heiferettes traded up to $62; older shelly cows, $20 and up; D1 and D2 cows, $48-$58; D3 and D5 cows, $40-$47; and good bulls, $60-$72.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. ranged from $80 to $94; 700-800 lbs., $90-$108; 600-700 lbs., $95-$118; 500-600 lbs., $97-$123; 400-500 lbs., $100-$128; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$126.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $78-$87; 700-800 lbs., $80-$97; 600-700 lbs., $90-$101; 500-600 lbs., $95-$106; 400-500 lbs., $100-$114; and 300-400 lbs., $105-$114.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The March 23 sale saw a total of 1,314 head of cattle sold. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $50 to $70.25 while cows brought $30-$54, with age verified up to $68.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $75 to $89.50; 800-900 lbs., $79-$94.75; 700-800 lbs., $80-$102.50; 600-700 lbs., $90-$116.50; 500-600 lbs., $95-$128.75; 400-500 lbs., $100-$130; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$127.75.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $70 to $82.25; 800-900 lbs., $70-$87.75; 700-800 lbs., $70-$95.50; 600-700 lbs., $70-$103.50; 500-600 lbs., $75-$106.50; 400-500 lbs., $75-$108.25; and 300-400 lbs., $75-$106.50.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: There were 124 slaughter cattle and 925 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on March 24. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $55 to $59.25; lean export cows, $47-$54; mature cows, $42-$48; feeding cows, $49-$59; export bulls, $62-$69.50; and mature bulls, $57-$63.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $80 to $85; 700-800 lbs., $84-$93.75; 600-700 lbs., $88-$96; 500-600 lbs., $90-$106; 400-500 lbs., $92-$112; and under 400 lbs., $95-$106.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs., sold from $85 to $93.75; 700-800 lbs., $93-$102; 600-700 lbs., $100-$115; 500-600 lbs., $110-$120; 400-500 lbs., $115-$127; and under 400 lbs., $110-$116.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 1,397 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. Butcher steers traded from $75 to $82; butcher heifers, $75-$79.50; D1-D2 cows, $48-$55, age verified $52-$57.50; D3 cows, $38-$48; and mature bulls, $62-$67.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $82 to $88; 800-900 lbs., $88-$96; 700-800 lbs., $92-$101.50; 600-700 lbs., $98-$110.50; 500-600 lbs., $110-$122.50; 400-500 lbs., $115-$131; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$134.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $80 to $84.50; 700-800 lbs., $85-$93.75; 600-700 lbs., $90-$98; 500-600 lbs., $95-$107; and 400-500 lbs., $98-$110.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were about 3,006 cattle sold at the sale held March 24. Butcher steers brought $76-$81.25 while butcher heifers sold from $75 to $79.75. Ageverified/ young cows sold from $50 to $56; D1-D2 cows, $47-$53; D3 cows, $43-$47; shelly cows, $37-$43; and mature bulls $64-$69.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., brought $83-$88.75; 800-900 lbs., $86-$93.75; 700-800 lbs., $92-$103; 600-700 lbs., $98-$115; 500-600 lbs., $108-$123; 400-500 lbs., $115-$130; and 300-400 lbs., $118-$132.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., traded from $75 to $82; 800-900 lbs., $78-$85.75; 700-800 lbs., $81-$92; 600-700 lbs., $87-$101; 500-600 lbs., $93-$103.75; and 400-500 lbs., $95-$107.

Killarney Auction Mart: There were 376 cattle sold at the March 25 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows went from $41 to $52; D3 and D4 cows, $31-$40; and bulls, $64-$65.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $73 to $87.50; 800-900 lbs., $77-$94.75; 700-800 lbs., $85-$98.50; 600-700 lbs., $89.25-$112.50; 500-600 lbs., $100-$121; 400-500 lbs., $109-$116.50; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$126.75.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $70-$78.25; 800-900 lbs., $70-$81; 700-800 lbs., $72-$86; 600-700 lbs., $74-$93.50; 500-600 lbs., $85-$100.50; 400-500 lbs., $86.50-$101; and 300-400 lbs., $86-$98.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: There were 566 cattle sold at the sale held March 22. Included in the sale were 61 slaughter animals and 505 feeders. In the slaughter market, D1 cows sold from $46 to $54; D2 cows, $38-$45.50; D3 cows, $15-$23; and bulls, $64-$69.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. fetched $76-$89; 800-900 lbs., $82-$94; 700-800 lbs., $89-$102; 600-700 lbs., $96-$108; 500-600 lbs., $106-$120; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$122.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $80 to $90; 700-800 lbs., $84-$94; 600-700 lbs., $86-$104; 500-600 lbs., $90-$106; and 400-500 lbs., $90-$108.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 1,730 cattle were sold at the March 25 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $43 to $52; D3-D4 cows, $32-$40; and bulls, $63-$71.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $80 to $87; 800-900 lbs., $88-$97; 700-800 lbs., $95-$107; 600-700 lbs., $105-$118; 500-600 lbs., $110-$127; 400-500 lbs., $115-$132; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$129.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $78-$85; 800-900 lbs., $83-$89; 700-800 lbs., $85-$98; 600-700 lbs., $92-$106; 500-600 lbs., $95-$107; 400-500 lbs., $95-$114; and 300-400 lbs., $95-$104.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held March 25 resulted in 130 slaughter cattle and 353 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. brought $78-$82.50; A1 and A2 heifers over 850 lbs., $76-$80.50; D1 and D2 cows, $45-$58; D3 and D5 cows, $35-$45; and good bulls, $65-$71.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., brought $85-$92; 800-900 lbs., $90-$98; 700-800 lbs., $95-$106; 600-700 lbs., $100-$112; 500-600 lbs., $105-$115; 400-500 lbs., $110-$118 and 300-400 lbs., $110-$124.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $75 to $85; 700-800 lbs., $80-$88; 600-700 lbs., $85-$95; 500-600 lbs., $90-$104; 400-500 lbs., $95-$107; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$110.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 1,750 head of cattle sold during the week ending March 26. In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold from $76 to $80.75; dry fed cows, $42-$48; good fleshed, $38-$43; lean, $32-$38; young age verified, $43-$54; and good bulls, $57-$66.

Feeder steers weighing over 1,000 lbs. brought $75-$82; 900-1,000 lbs., $82-$88.25; 800-900 lbs., $87-$98; 700-800 lbs., $90-$106.50; 600-700 lbs., $100-$115.25; 500-600 lbs., $104-$123.50; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$117.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $80 to $87; 700-800 lbs., $86-$95.50; 600-700 lbs., $88-$97.50; 500-600 lbs., $95-$111; and 400-500 lbs., $98-$103.

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