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Cattle Move As Seeding Stalls

The numb er of cattle marketed by producers in Manitoba increased slightly during the week ended June 11, as excess moisture prevented seeding operations from being completed and other necessary field work from occurring. The increase in marketings resulted in values holding steady, if not declining slightly.

“The wet conditions that extended right across Western Canada had the same general effect – it allowed producers a chance to do some marketing of their cattle,” said Robin Hill, manager of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden.

A lot of the cattle that were marketed probably would not have come in for at least another month or two, had the conditions on the Canadian Prairies been drier, he said.

“If the sun was to come out, the number of cattle being marketed at the province’s auction yards would probably drop off significantly.”

The jump in butcher cow and bull movement at the auction yards across Canada helped to weaken those bids slightly, Hill said.

“Everyone in Western Canada has been unable to work on their fields due to the excessively wet conditions,” he said, noting that during the past three weeks a lot of animals have been moved to the auction yards as a result.

However, good demand for the cows from the packers has been able to keep prices from dropping, Hill said.

“The big volumes of cows coming in isn’t hurting as much as it could, especially given the fact that the summer hamburger barbecue season is just around the corner,” Hill said.

In terms of the steer and heifer trade, values were steady to lower, with demand for these animals undergoing a steady decline.

Feeder cattle numbers were extremely light during the week, Hill noted, but there were still lots of orders on hand for grass cattle under 750 pounds.

“The locals are thinking that with all the rain and improved pasture situation, they can handle a few more,” he said, noting that it was not unusual to see orders for 40 to 50 head each from these producers.

Upward fluctuations in the Canadian dollar during the week were not enough to weaken values, Hill said. However, he cautioned that any further strength would ultimately be reflected back in the prices being paid out for cattle.

The Canadian dollar as of June 11 was quoted at US96.41 cents, which compared with US94.14 cents on June 4. The Canadian unit ranged between US94.21 and 97 cents during the week.

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 1,200 head of cattle were sold at the sale held June 9. In the slaughter market, older shelly cows traded for $30 and up; age-verified D1 and D2 cows, $58-$66.50; D3 and D5 cows, $50-$58; and good bulls, $70-$82.50.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. ranged from $90 to $102; 700-800 lbs., $95-$115.75; 600-700 lbs., $104-$123.50; 500-600 lbs., $106-$129; 400-500 lbs., $115-$125; and 300-400 lbs., $117-$125.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. brought $82-$90.25; 600-700 lbs., $85-$101.75; 500-600 lbs., $88-$115.25 and 400-500 lbs., $90-$111.

Ashern is closed until mid-August.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The June 8 sale saw a total of 364 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $65 to $80 while cows brought $35-$65.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $80 to $98.50; 800-900 lbs., $80-$106.25; 700-800 lbs., $80-$108.50; 600-700 lbs., $91-$117.50; 500-600 lbs., $100-$130; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$127.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $83 to $88.75; 800-900 lbs., $85-$91; 700-800 lbs., $90-$103; 600-700 lbs., $97-$109; 500-600 lbs., $80-$109.25; 400-500 lbs., $95-$120; and 300-400 lbs., $97-$109.

The last sale for the summer will be July 13; Gladstone reopens Aug. 16.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: There were 200 cattle sold at the Grunthal yard June 9. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $57 to $60.25; lean export cows, $49-$55; mature cows, up to $57; feeding cows, $55-$64; and export bulls, up to $79.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $85 to $90; 700-800 lbs., $90-$98.50; 600-700 lbs., $95-$105.50; 500-600 lbs., $97-$102; 400-500 lbs., $99-$108; and under 400 lbs., $99-$110.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $88 to $95; 700-800 lbs., $92-$102; 600-700 lbs., $95-$102; 500-600 lbs., $108-$112; 400-500 lbs., $115-$122; and under 400 lbs., $114-$125.

Auctions will be held every other week in July and August.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 557 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. A1-A2 steers traded from $80 to $85; A1-A2 heifers, $80-$83; D1-D2 cows $56-$60, age verified $58-$64; feeder cows, $48-$55; shells, $30-$48 and good bulls, $72-$78.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $88 to $92; 800-900 lbs., $95-$104.25; 700-800 lbs., $100-$112.50; 600-700 lbs., $105-$113; 500-600 lbs., $110-$123; 400-500 lbs., $110-$128; and 300-400 lbs., $112-$129.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $80 to $86; 800-900 lbs., $84-$91.75; 700-800 lbs., $92-$103.50; 600-700 lbs., $95-$107; 500-600 lbs., $98-$109; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$115.

Auctions will be held at Brandon every Tuesday.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were about 603 cattle sold at the sale held June 9. Butcher steers brought $80-$85 while butcher heifers sold from $78 to $81.75. Age-verified/young cows sold from $58 to $63.75; D1-D2 cows, $57-$62; D3 cows, $52-$56; shelly cows, $48-$53; and mature bulls $71-$77.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $87-$94.75; 800-900 lbs., $96-$103.75; 700-800 lbs., $101-$112; 600-700 lbs., $109-$120; 500-600 lbs., $111-$125; 400-500 lbs., $115-$130; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$130.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., traded from $78 to $86.50; 800-900 lbs., $84-$94; 700-800 lbs., $89-$102; 600-700 lbs., $97-$109; 500-600 lbs., $100-$114; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$116.

Auctions will be held at Virden every Wednesday.

Killarney Auction Mart: Killarney did not hold a sale this week. After June 17, Killarney will be closed until mid-August.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: There were 333 cattle sold at the sale held June 7. Included in the sale were 114 slaughter cattle and 219 feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 cows sold from $56 to $64, age verified up to $76; D2 cows, $47-$53.50; D3 cows, $20-$38; and bulls, $73-$79.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. fetched $90-$98; 800-900 lbs., $92-$104.50; 700-800 lbs., $104-$114; 600-700 lbs., $108-$119; 500-600 lbs., $112-$128; and 400-500 lbs., $118-$132.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $86 to $95; 700-800 lbs., $92-$104; 600-700 lbs., $97-$108; 500-600 lbs., $100-$110; and 400-500 lbs., $101-$112.

Pipestone will be closed during July and August.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 264 cattle were sold at the June 10 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $48-$52; D3-D4 cows, $35-$45; and bulls, $75-$80.

The last sale at Ste. Rose du Lac before the summer break will be held June 24.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held June 10 resulted in 180 slaughter cattle and 57 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. brought $72-$75; A1 and A2 heifers over 850 lbs., $70-$73.50; D1 and D2 cows, $55-$62; D3 and D5 cows, $45-$55; and good bulls, $70-$78.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $85-$94; 800-900 lbs., $90-$100; 700-800 lbs., $100-$108 and 600-700 lbs., $105-$114.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $85 to $90; 700-800 lbs., $90-$98; 600-700 lbs., $95-$105; 500-600 lbs., $100-$108; 400-500 lbs., $105-$112; and 300-400 lbs., $105-$115.

Taylor Auctions will be closed for the month of July.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 680 head of cattle sold during the week ending June 11. In the slaughter market, select steers and heifers sold from $79 to $84.75; dry fed cows, $50-$53.75; good fleshed, $47-$50; lean, $38-$47; young age verified $52-$64; and good bulls, $60-$78.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $98-$105; 700-800 lbs., $102-$114; 600-700 lbs., $105-$118; 500-600 lbs., $110-$129; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$128.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $85-$94.50; 700-800 lbs., $90-$99; 600-700 lbs., $95-$112; 500-600 lbs., $98-$113; and 400-500 lbs., $100-112.

Winnipeg will hold sales on Fridays only.

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