Bull Sales Past, Bull Marketings Continue

Au c t i o n marts across Manitoba have seen a steady increase in the price of bulls over the past month, and the week ended April 18 was no exception.

According to Keith Cleaver, manager of Heartland Livestock Services at Brandon, there are fewer bulls available in general, and many producers are looking at building up herds, with cattle prices strong in general.

“Most (producers) have already seen bull sales coming to an end for the spring, so if guys haven’t gotten what they wanted, they have had to start picking up the animals,” he said. “The bulls coming in here have looked very good as well.”

Bulls weren’t the only area where prices were strong, as the sale saw solid demand right across the board, Cleaver said.

“The cows were a bit higher, and the feeders were still very steady,” he said. “There are just less cattle out there right now.”

A state of emergency was declared April 12 in Brandon and a number of surrounding municipalities because of flooding from the rising Assiniboine River. However, Cleaver said he had not heard of too many problems for cattle producers in the area due to high water.

“I think most yards are wet, but nothing has been too serious yet from what I’ve heard,” he said.

The Brandon yard had over 1,500 cattle for sale at its April 12 sale – numbers with which Cleaver said they are quite happy, noting numbers are “pretty much par” with the same period in previous years.

“A lot of the cattle have been sold and (numbers) should be declining pretty soon.”

While cattle producers look to rebuild their herds, the same can also be said for bison producers in Western Canada.

Mark Silzer, president of the Canadian Bison Association in Regina, said while there has been some selling out over the past five years, the general feeling among producers is to go the opposite way, and start to rebuild herds.

“The herd selldown is over, and right now we are seeing some rebuilding,” Silzer said. “There is lots of interest from new producers getting into the business.”

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

Note:AllpricesinCanadian dollarsperhundredweight (cwt).Thesepricesalsogenerally representthetopone-third ofsalesreportedbytheauction yard.

Ashern Livestock Mart:An estimated 1,560 head of cattle were sold at the sale held April 13. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold anywhere from $68 to $77; D3 and D5 cows, $60-$65; age verified, $77- $86; and good bulls, $70-$91.

Feeder steers weighing 700- 800 lbs. brought $115-$139; 600- 700 lbs., $120-$147.50; 500-600 lbs., $130-$165.25; and 400-500 lbs., $131-$161. Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. brought $109-$122; 600-700 lbs., $110- $137; 500-600 lbs., $130-$165.25; and 400-500 lbs., $120-$146.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The April 12 sale saw a total of 580 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $65 to $88.25 while cows brought $50- $75.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. sold from $100 to $108; 700-800 lbs., $105-$138.50; 600- 700 lbs., $120-$148; 500-600 lbs., $125-$159.75; 400-500 lbs., $130-$166.75; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$170.

Feeder heifers in the 800-to 900-lb. category traded from $85 to $102; 700-800 lbs., $90- $118.50; 600-700 lbs., $100-$135; 500-600 lbs., $100-$137; 400-500 lbs., $150-$143.50; and 300-400 lbs., $116-$154.50.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 104 slaughter cattle and 448 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard April 13. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $68 to $72.50; lean export cows, $61- $68; mature cows, $58-$63; and export bulls, $81-$85.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $100-$111; 700-800 lbs., $110-$123; 600-700 lbs., $115-$123.50; 500-600 lbs., $120-$137; 400-500 lbs., $122- $133.50; and under 400 lbs., $125-$136.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. ranged from $107 to $115; 700-800 lbs., $118-$130.50; 600-700 lbs., $125-$135; 500-600 lbs., $130-$145; 400-500 lbs., $135-$147; and under 400 lbs., $140-$150.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 1,546 cattle were on offer in Brandon at the April 12 sale. In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows brought $75-$80.25; D3 cows, $62-$74; feeder cows, $40-$54; and good bulls, $84-$89.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $107 to $113.75; 800-900 lbs., $112- $122.75; 700-800 lbs., $118- $134.50; 600-700 lbs., $130-$147; 500-600 lbs., $142-$156; 400-500 lbs., $150-$160; and 300-400 lbs., $158-$168.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $92-$105.75; 800-900 lbs., $105-$114.25; 700- 800 lbs., $114-$121.50; 600-700 lbs., $120-$135; 500-600 lbs., $128-$137; 400-500 lbs., $132- $150; and 300-400 lbs., $135- $155.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 1,286 cattle sold at the sale held April 13. Butcher steers brought $95- $102, while butcher heifers sold from $94 to $100. Age-verified/ young cows ranged from $71 to $77; D1 and D2 cows, $68-$76; D3 cows, $63-$68; shelly cows, $48-$60; and mature bulls, $85- $91.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $105-$113.75; 800-900 lbs., $111-$124; 700-800 lbs., $121-$133; 600-700 lbs., $130-$148; 500-600 lbs., $140- $159; 400-500 lbs., $145-$161; and 300-400 lbs., $150-$170.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $98 to $108; 800-900 lbs., $104-$115; 700-800 lbs., $110-$122; 600-700 lbs., $117-$131; 500-600 lbs., $125-$139; 400-500 lbs., $127- $145; and 300-400 lbs., $125- $146.

Killarney Auction Mart: There was no sale during the week. Killarney’s next auction is April 21.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 1,175 cattle were sold at the April 14 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $70 to $75; D3 and D4 cows, $52-$68; canners, $35- $50; and bulls, $80-$89.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $112-$124; 700- 800 lbs., $122-$138; 600-700 lbs., $130-$152; 500-600 lbs., $144- $165; 400-500 lbs., $150-$161; and 300-400 lbs., $135-$170.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$103; 800-900 lbs., $103-$113; 700-800 lbs., $110-$126; 600-700 lbs., $114-$139; 500-600 lbs., $121- $146.50; and 400-500 lbs., $130- $145.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The sale held April 14 resulted in 105 slaughter cattle and 383 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold from $64 to $78; D3 and D5 cows, $50-$67.50; and good bulls, $82-$94.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $100-$118.75; 800-900 lbs., $110-$122.50; 700- 800 lbs., $115-$136; 600-700 lbs., $120-$153; 500-600 lbs., $152- $162; 400-500 lbs., $140-$172; and 300-400 lbs., $145-$174.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $104 to $116; 700-800 lbs., $108-$128; 600-700 lbs., $110-$132; 500-600 lbs., $115-$137; 400-500 lbs., $120-$148.50; and 300-400 lbs., $130-$158.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 1,350 cattle sold at the sale held April 15. In the slaughter market, age-verified/ young cows ranged from $60 to $80; D1 and D2 cows, $67-$73; D3 cows, $63- $67; shelly cows, $52-$63; and mature bulls, $85-$92.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $110-$120; 700-800 lbs., $120-$133; 600-700 lbs., $128-$145; 500-600 lbs., $130-$154; and 400-500 lbs., $140-$154.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $100 to $111; 700-800 lbs., $110-$123; 600-700 lbs., $120-$136; 500- 600 lbs., $125-$135; and 400-500 lbs., $128-$140.

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“…ifguyshaven’t gotten(thebulls)they wanted,theyhave hadtostartpicking uptheanimals.”

– KEITH CLEAVER,

HEARTLAND LIVESTOCK SERVICES, BRANDON

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