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Cattle Stacked Up At Markets Following Stormy Weather

Au c t i o n marts across Manitoba saw a surge in numbers during the week ending Nov. 5, as many producers were forced to hold on to some cattle longer than they had wanted after a significant storm hit parts of Manitoba during the final week of October.

Ross Taylor of Taylor Auctions at Melita said the market had over 1,900 cattle at its sale, and cattle were being sold in high volumes across the southwest.

“There were probably 10,000 cattle sold in this (southwest) corner of the province this week,” Taylor said. “We had 400- 500 more here than we do on a normal week because so many had to be held over, and most everybody else did as well.”

Taylor expects the high volumes of cattle to continue for the next couple of weeks.

The yearling market, he said, was quite strong during the week because of strong demand. However, he wasn’t sure why the prices were so good.

“The market for fat cattle is not good. Greenfeed grain prices are going up. The dollar is right around parity, but the values for cattle have been going up all week,” Taylor said.

The strength in the Canadian dollar has negated any demand from the U.S., but there was still plenty of movement within Canada’s borders, he said.

“They are going east and west, but nothing to the U.S. There are some local guys buying some cattle, but just the light ones,” he said. “Buyers have to be thinking there is a shortage.”

While yearlings were bringing strong prices, Taylor said the fat market is not particularly favourable at the moment.

“There’s a $250 loss on every animal that comes through the ring if the fat market doesn’t increase,” he said.

And with temperatures holding well above average, producers haven’t had to start feeding livestock to this point. “The cattle are still on the pastures and in the stubble,” he said. “There’s no snow here at all.”

Producers have plenty of feed for their cattle for winter, although most is of poor quality, he added.

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.

AshernLivestockMart:An estimated 1,515 head of cattle were sold at the sale held Nov. 3. Included in the sale were 125 slaughter cattle and 1,390 feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold anywhere from $42 to $50, age verified $48-$55; D3 and D5 cows, $37- $45; and good bulls $50-$66.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $100 to $105; 800-900 lbs., $108- $114.50; 700-800 lbs., $110- $117; 600-700 lbs., $110-$129; 500-600 lbs., $120-$141; 400- 500 lbs., $126-$144.25 and 300- 400 lbs., $149-$160.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $90-$105.25; 700-800 lbs., $94-$106.75; 600- 700 lbs., $103-$114.25; 500-600 lbs., $105-$130; 400-500 lbs., $108-$132.25; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$134.25.

GladstoneAuctionMart: The Nov. 2 sale saw a total of 1,243 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $55-$63.50 while cows brought $24-$54.

Feeder steers in the 800-to 900-lb. weight category traded from $80 to $110.25; 700-800 lbs., $90-$123.75; 600-700 lbs., $100-$126.75; 500-600 lbs., $100-$137; 400-500 lbs., $110- $160; and 300-400 lbs., $135- $163.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. went for $70-$99.75; 800-900 lbs., $78-$102; 700-800 lbs., $80-$103; 600-700 lbs., $90-$113.50; 500-600 lbs., $90- $125.50; 400-500 lbs., $95-$138; and 300-400 lbs., $125-$145.

GrunthalLivestockAuction Mart:There were 109 slaughter cattle and 1,278 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard Nov. 3. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $47 to $52.75; lean export cows, $44-$48.75; mature cows, $40-$45; feeding cows, $47-$55; export bulls, $58-$64.25; and mature bulls, $50-$55.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $92 to $104.50; 700-800 lbs., $95-$105; 600-700 lbs., $104-$113.50; 500- 600 lbs., $112-$124; 400-500 lbs., $118-$133; and under 400 lbs., $120-$135.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. ranged from $97 to $110.50; 700-800 lbs., $110-$123; 600-700 lbs., $118-$127.25; 500- 600 lbs., $125-$138.75; 400-500 lbs., $137-$149; and under 400 lbs., $145-$163.

HeartlandLivestockServices, Brandon:A total of 2,525 cattle were on offer in Brandon at the Nov. 2 sale. In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows went for $50-$57; D3 cows, $45-$49; and good bulls, $63-$65.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $102 to $107.50; 800-900 lbs., $105-$115; 700-800 lbs., $110-$119.25; 600- 700 lbs., $115-$126; 500-600 lbs., $125-$145; 400-500 lbs., $130- $152.75; and 300-400 lbs., $135- $161.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $98-$104; 800-900 lbs., $90-$114; 700-800 lbs., $95-$110; 600-700 lbs., $105-$114.75; 500-600 lbs., $110-$118.50; 400-500 lbs., $112-$126; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$131.

HeartlandLivestockServices, Virden:There were about 3,561 cattle sold at the sale held Nov. 3. Butcher steers brought $82-$87 while butcher heifers sold from $81 to $84.75. Ageverified/ young cows ranged from $48 to $53; D1-D2 cows, $45-$51; D3 cows, $40-$45; shelly cows, $20-$30; and mature bulls, $59-$65.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $97-$107; 800-900 lbs., $104-$114; 700-800 lbs., $108-$118; 600-700 lbs., $114-$126; 500-600 lbs., $121- $137; 400-500 lbs., $128-$145; and 300-400 lbs., $135-$164.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $90 to $100; 800-900 lbs., $97-$108.50; 700-800 lbs., $98-$109; 600-700 lbs., $103-$117; 500-600 lbs., $109-$123; and 400-500 lbs., $114-$134.

KillarneyAuctionMart:There were 1,251 cattle sold at the Nov. 4 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $43.50 to $47; D3 and D4 cows, $34-$46; and slaughter bulls, $64-$69.75.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. sold for $86; 800-900 lbs., $96-$110; 700-800 lbs., $108.50-$113.50; 600-700 lbs., $115-$124; 500-600 lbs., $121- $135.50; 400-500 lbs., $138.50- $156.75; and 300-400 lbs., $148-$167.

Feeder heifers weighing 700- 800 lbs. brought $93-$106.50; 600-700 lbs., $105-$115.50; 500- 600 lbs., $108.50-$119; 400-500 lbs., $117-$134; 300-400 lbs., $122-$136; and 200-300 lbs., $118-$127.

Ste.RoseAuctionMart:A total of 2,598 cattle were sold at the Nov. 4 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $46 to $57; D3-D4 cows, $40-$46; canners, $30-$42; and bulls, $61-$67.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $101-$112; 700- 800 lbs., $107-$119; 600-700 lbs., $118-$133; 500-600 lbs., $125- $140; 400-500 lbs., $135-$155; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$159.

Feeder heifers weighing 700- 800 lbs. brought $98-$108; 600- 700 lbs., $108-$119; 500-600 lbs., $112-$128; 400-500 lbs., $120-$137; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$131.

TaylorAuctions,Melita:The sale held Nov. 4 resulted in 167 slaughter cattle and 1,800 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. sold from $84 to $87; A1-A2 heifers over 800 lbs., $82-$85; D1 and D2 cows, $47-$52; D3 and D5 cows, $40-$47; and good bulls, $60-$66.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $100-$112; 800-900 lbs., $110-$117.50; 700- 800 lbs., $115-$125; 600-700 lbs., $120-$135; 500-600 lbs., $125- $145; 400-500 lbs., $130-$155; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$165.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $100 to $108; 700-800 lbs., $105-$112; 600-700 lbs., $110-$118; 500-600 lbs., $115-$125; 400-500 lbs., $120-$130; and 300-400 lbs., $125-$135.

WinnipegLivestockSales: There were no numbers available from the week’s sale.

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BRENT HARDER

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– Ross Taylor, Taylor Auctions

There’sa$250loss oneveryanimalthat comesthroughthe ringifthefatmarket doesn’tincrease.”

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