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Cows Still On Pasture, Not On Market

The number of cattle that made their way to the auction yards in Manitoba during the week ended Nov. 13 continued to hold fairly steady levels, but there was still plenty of room for additional marketings.

Values for top-of-the-line cattle continued to remain strong, but the discounts on the second-cut cattle continued to grow wider as it proves more and more difficult to find homes for these animals.

“There are still plenty of producers who are holding off marketing for whatever reason,” said Buddy Bergner, with Ashern Livestock Mart. He suggested there will still be a couple of big sales ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s break, but after those events, marketings will likely decline.

“It certainly looks as if there are not as many cattle that have to come to market as there have been in the previous years,” he said.

Bergner suggested producers may also be keeping the cattle in the pasture longer this year.

“The weather has been so good so far that the producers have not done a lot of rounding up of the cattle yet,” he said. “Cows are out in the pasture all over the province, with producers taking advantage of the pasture availability as long as they can.”

By keeping the cattle on pasture, the producers are saving quite a bit in terms of feed costs. “It’s saving some of these producers at least 20 to 25 bales of hay a day,” Bergner said. “That is a huge expense otherwise.”

Buyers for the cattle being marketed continue to be the usuals, Bergner said, noting that some new feedlot operators in the province have also started to stock up on some animals.

Bergner acknowledged that not a lot of cattle were being purchased by U. S. buyers, with the strength of the Canadian dollar scaring those individuals off.

The value of the Canadian dollar moved between US94 and US95.23 cents during the latest week, which compared with the value of the Canadian unit on Nov. 6 of US92.92 cents.

“There have been some producers who have backgrounded yearlings who are moving cattle south, but that is just to take advantage of the cheaper feed,” Bergner said.

There were a lot of producers who are just trying to hang on to their cattle operations, he said, and are cutting things down on their operations to the bare bones.

“Some individuals would like to throw up their hands and give up, but are trying to keep things going the best that they can in hopes of some kind of market turnaround,” he said.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

Ashern Livestock Mart: An estimated 1,384 head of cattle were sold at the sale held on Nov. 11. In the slaughter market, age-verified D1 and D2 cows traded from $36 to $42; D3 and D5 cows, $30-$36; older shelly cows, $20 and up; and good bulls, $40-$55.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. ranged from $82 to $90; 800-900 lbs., $80-$92; 700-800 lbs., $95-$103; 600-700 lbs., $100-$109; 500-600 lbs., $105-$117; 400-500 lbs., $108-$128; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$121.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded at $74-$81; 800-900 lbs., $78-$86; 700-800 lbs., $80-$87; 600-700 lbs., $80-$91; 500-600 lbs., $89-$107; and 400-500 lbs., $90-$106.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The Nov. 10 sale saw a total of 1,232 head of cattle sold. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $29 to $47.25 while cows brought $10-$40.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $78 to $88.75; 800-900 lbs., $80-$92.75; 700-800 lbs., $80-$99.50; 600-700 lbs., $84-$105.75; 500-600 lbs., $85-$117; 400-500 lbs., $100-$123; and 300-400 lbs., $102-$131.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $75 to $82.75; 800-900 lbs., $78.50-$86.50; 700-800 lbs., $68-$86.75; 600-700 lbs., $70-$95; 500-600 lbs., $71-$97.75; 400-500 lbs., $75-$104; and 300-400 lbs., $86-$111.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: There were 94 slaughter cattle and 596 feeders sold Nov. 11. In the slaughter market, mature cows brought $27-$34, while export good-fleshed cows traded from $39 to $42; feeding cows, $42-$48; and export bulls, $47-$51.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $75 to $85; 700-800 lbs., $80-$88; 600-700 lbs., $82-$90; 500-600 lbs., $84-$91.50; 400-500 lbs., $88-$98; and under 400 lbs., $95-$108.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $78 to $83.50; 800-900 lbs., $80-86; 700-800 lbs., $84-$94.50; 600-700 lbs., $90-$102.50; 500-600 lbs., $102-$113; 400-500 lbs., $108-$116; and under 400 lbs., $114-$120.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 2,238 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week.

A1-A2 steers traded from $70 to $75; A1-A2 heifers, $70-$74.50; D1-D2 cows, $30-$42; feeder cows, $25-$30; shells, $15-$25; and good bulls, $46-$53.70.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. went from $88 to $94.50; 700-800 lbs., $90-$96.50; 600-700 lbs., $92-$101; 500-600 lbs., $105-$114.25; 400-500 lbs., $110-$117.50; and 300-400 lbs., $112-$122.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $75 to $79.50; 700-800 lbs., $78-$85.25; 600-700 lbs., $82-$87; 500-600 lbs., $88-$96.75; 400-500 lbs., $92-$105.50; and 300-400 lbs., $98-$109.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were about 1,596 cattle sold at the sale held Nov. 11. Butcher steers brought $71-$75 while butcher heifers sold from $70 to $73.25. Age-verified/young cows sold from $36 to $41.50; D1-D2 cows, $31-$35; D3 cows, $27-$30; shelly cows, $20-$27; and mature bulls, $45-$52.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $84-$90.50; 800-900 lbs., $85-$94.75; 700-800 lbs., $90-$98.50; 600-700 lbs., $92-$101; 500-600 lbs., $98-$108; 400-500 lbs., $108-$121.50; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$122.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $77 to $84; 800-900 lbs., $80-$89; 700-800 lbs., $80-$89.50; 600-700 lbs., $82-$90; 500-600 lbs., $85-$94.50; and 400-500 lbs., $87-$99.

Killarney Auction Mart: Information was not available from Killarney this week.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: There were 1,107 cattle sold at the sale held Nov. 9. Included in the sale were 176 slaughter animals and 931 feeders. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold from $33 to $37, age verified, $37-$44; D3 cows, $15-$26, age verified, $27-$32; and bulls, $44-$52.75.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs., fetched $78-$83.25; 800-900 lbs., $82-$86.50; 700-800 lbs., $86-$95; 600-700 lbs., $88-$101.50; 500-600 lbs., $94-$113; 400-500 lbs., $95-$121.50; and 300-400 lbs., $90-$103.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. went for $72-$82.25; 700-800 lbs., $80-$86; 600-700 lbs., $81-$89.25; 500-600 lbs., $88-$97; and 400-500 lbs., $90-$108.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 1,542 cattle were sold at the Nov. 12 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $30 to $35; D3-D4 cows, $20-$31; and bulls, $45-$52.

Feeder steers weighing 700-800 lbs. traded from $88 to $97; 600-700 lbs., $96-$108; 500-600 lbs., $105-$118; 400-500 lbs., $110-$122; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$124.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. went for $80-$87; 600-700 lbs., $80-$91; 500-600 lbs., $88-$99; 400-500 lbs., $90-$101; and 300-400 lbs., $90-$100.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held Nov. 12 resulted in 110 slaughter cattle and 545 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. ranged from $72 to $75.75 and A1 and A2 heifers over 850 lbs., $72-$74.25; D1 and D2 cows went for $33-$43 and D3 and D5 cows, $25-$33.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $85-$90; 800-900 lbs., $90-$95; 700-800 lbs., $90-$98; 600-700 lbs., $94-$103; 500-600 lbs., $100-$108; 400-500 lbs., $108-$118; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$128.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $75 to $82; 700-800 lbs., $78-$85; 600-700 lbs., $80-$88; 500-600 lbs., $85-$95; 400-500 lbs., $90-$104; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$110.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 1,775 head of cattle sold during the week ending Nov. 13. Of the cattle sold, 265 were for slaughter while the remaining animals were feeders.

In the slaughter market, dry fed cows brought $30-$34; good fleshed, $24-$31; lean, $18-$25; young age verified, $31-$40; good bulls, $35-$43; and age-verified bulls, $41-$49.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $79-$88; 800-900 lbs., $84-$92.50; 700-800 lbs., $84-$95; 600-700 lbs., $88-$103.75; 500-600 lbs., $94-$109.50; 400-500 lbs., $100-$118; and under 400 lbs., $100-$120.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $75 to $83.50; 700-800 lbs., $75-$83.50; 600-700 lbs., $80-$93; 500-600 lbs., $83-$98; 400-500 lbs., $85-$103; and under 400 lbs., $90-$104.

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