Buyers Not Hard To Find As Producers Cash Out

BRENT HARDER

Even with the price of cattle continuing to improve, more and more producers are getting out of the business, according to an Interlake cattleman.

Buddy Bergner, field representative with Ashern Auction Mart, said there have been a number of farms that have gotten out of cattle completely.

“There are a lot of guys getting out of the business. They’ve said ‘Enough’s enough’ and they are selling their cows and that’s it,” Bergner said. “It seems to be a common trend all over. They’ve had too many rough years and are just packing it in.”

The good news to that unfortunate scenario, Bergner said, is that the producers have not had a problem finding buyers for their animals.

“There seems to always be guys who are trying to buy them. A lot of the local guys always pick them up,” he said.

As far as the sale from this week was concerned, Bergner said it was a strong one, with cows about three to five cents higher than before Christmas. He also noted some producers haven’t been selling in hopes prices will continue to surge higher.

“Some of them are, but that’s normal,” he said. “You’re still going to have the guys who sell in February sell in February, and those who sell in March sell in March. There are a lot of culled cows, and we have some bred cow sales coming up as well.”

A total of 734 cattle went through the gates in Ashern during the week, which Bergner said was a solid start to the new year as far as volume was concerned.

Another issue that has been of concern to producers in the Interlake region is a lack of good-quality feed for cattle.

“We are really short of good-quality feed. There was feed put up, but it was very poor quality, so they are having to subsidize with pellets and stuff, and the price of that is going up as well,” Bergner said.

“Even the feed that producers are wanting to buy isn’t good quality because it was all put up so late. If the quality isn’t any good, then why truck it in 50 or even 100 miles? It’s not worth it.”

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

Note:AllpricesinCanadian dollarsperhundredweight. Thesepricesalsogenerallyrepresent thetopone-thirdofsales reportedbytheauctionyard.

Ashern Auction Mart:An estimated 734 head of cattle were sold at the sale held Jan. 12.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold anywhere from $50 to $57; D3 and D5 cows, $40-$50; age verified, $58-$63.50; and good bulls, $60-$69.25.

Feeder steers weighing 600- 700 lbs. brought $118-$136.50, while 500-600 lbs. brought $124-$145.25. Feeder heifers weighing 600-700 lbs. brought $116-$129; while 500-600 lbs. brought $120-$130.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The Jan. 11 sale saw a total of 461 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $55 to $66 while cows brought $25-$57.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $80 to $112; 800-900 lbs., $90-$116.50; 700-800 lbs., $100- $118; 600-700 lbs., $105-$139; 500-600 lbs., $110-$144; 400- 500 lbs., $115-$152.50; and 300- 400 lbs., $110-$156.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. went for $90- $101.25; 800-900 lbs., sold from $75-$104.50; 700-800 lbs., $90- $110.25; 600-700 lbs., $100- $119; 500-600 lbs., $90-$123; 400-500 lbs., $110-$124; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$120.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 175 slaughter cattle and 200 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on Jan. 11.

In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $51 to $58; lean export cows, $47-$51; mature cows, $42-$50; feeding cows, $54-$59; export bulls, $59-$66; and mature bulls, $55-$60.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. sold from $88 to $99; 700-800 lbs., $96-$102.50; 600- 700 lbs., $100-$108.50; 500-600 lbs., $107-$117; 400-500 lbs., $115-$125; and under 400 lbs., $115-$132.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs., ranged from $95 to $109; 700-800 lbs., $105-$119.50; 600-700 lbs., $117-$126.50; 500- 600 lbs., $120-$132; and 400- 500 lbs., $125-$145.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 612 cattle were on offer in Brandon at the Jan. 11 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows went for $52-$59; D3 cows, $45-$52; and good bulls, $66-$72.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. ranged from $105 to $112.75; 800-900 lbs., $107-$117.75; 700-800 lbs., $110-$119.25; 600-700 lbs., $112-$130.50; 500-600 lbs., $120-$146.50; 400-500 lbs., $130-$155.50; and 300-400 lbs., $135-$160.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $92-$102.25; 800-900 lbs., $100-$108; 700- 800 lbs., $105-$116.50; 600-700 lbs., $108-$118; 500-600 lbs., $110-$122.50; 400-500 lbs., $112-$128; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$134.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 913 cattle sold at the sale held Jan. 12.

Butcher steers brought $87-$92 while butcher heifers sold from $86 to $90.50. Ageverified/ young cows ranged from $54 to $61; D1 and D2 cows, $54-$58.50; D3 cows, $50- $54; shelly cows, $35-$45; and mature bulls, $66-$70.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $105-$113; 800-900 lbs., $108-$118.75; 700- 800 lbs., $110-$121; 600-700 lbs., $117-$131; 500-600 lbs., $125-$141; and 400-500 lbs., $133-$152.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $94 to $103; 800-900 lbs., $99-$109.50; 700-800 lbs., $102-$113; 600- 700 lbs., $105-$118; 500-600 lbs., $110-$126; and 400-500 lbs., $115-$134.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 764 cattle were sold at the Jan. 11 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $55 to $63; D3 and D4 cows, $45-$54; canners, $25- $39; and bulls, $60-$69.25.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $105-$112; 700-800 lbs., $112-$124; 600- 700 lbs., $118-$132; 500-600 lbs., $125-$142; 400-500 lbs., $135-$161; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$152.

Feeder heifers weighing 700- 800 lbs. brought $98-$110.50; 600-700 lbs., $108-$121.50; 500- 600 lbs., $112-$125; 400-500 lbs., $120-$131; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$134.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The sale held Jan. 13 resulted in 130 slaughter cattle and 200 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold from $52 to $58; D3 and D5 cows, $48-$52; and good bulls, $70-$75.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $105-$110; 800-900 lbs., $110-$122; 700-800 lbs., $120-$129; 600-700 lbs., $125-$138; 500-600 lbs., $135- $145; 400-500 lbs., $140-$150; and 300-400 lbs., $145-$155.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $100 to $108; 700-800 lbs., $105-$114; 600-700 lbs., $110-$120; 500- 600 lbs., $115-$128; 400-500 lbs., $120-$130; and 300-400 lbs., $125-$135.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 780 cattle sold at the sale held Jan. 14. Select steers and heifers brought $80- $85 while choice steers and heifers sold from $85 to $91. Dry fed cows ranged from $52 to $56; good fleshed cows, $48- $52; lean cows, $40-$48; age verified, $46-$62; and mature bulls, $57-$67.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $100-$109; 800-900 lbs., $108-$115; 700-800 lbs., $115-$122; 600-700 lbs., $118-$134.50; 500-600 lbs., $122- $145; 400-500 lbs., $135-$153; and under 400 lbs., $135-$152.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $92 to $98; 800-900 lbs., $98-$102.50; 700-800 lbs., $105-$110.75; 600- 700 lbs., $108-$118.50; 500-600 lbs., $115-$126; 400-500 lbs., $120-$133; and under 400 lbs., $118-$126.

Killarney Auction Mart:Sales resume Jan. 20.

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