Demand For Feeders Still Strong From West, East

Cattle movement continued strong at auctions in Manitoba for the week ended Oct. 21, with firm demand. Feeder cattle, along with calves off the cows, have contributed much of the movement, said Robin Hill, manager of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden.

Feedlot demand from both west and east continues exceptionally high, Hill said, noting the level of interest is also creating some transportation issues.

Cattle from southwestern Saskatchewan and Alberta are expected to hit the market within the next week and put on some downward pressure, he added.

The loonie has not had much of an impact on cattle futures recently as it has slowly crept back up near US99 cents, compared to 94 cents two weeks ago, Hill said. Feedlot prices will have more of an impact thanks to the prices of corn and wheat, he said.

From the auction floors

Note:AllpricesinCanadiandollarsperhundredweight. Thesepricesalsogenerallyrepresent thetopone-thirdofsalesreportedby theauctionyards.

Ashern Auction Mart:An estimated 3,103 head of cattle were sold Oct. 19 including 303 slaughter cattle and 2,800 feeders.

For slaughter, D1 and D2 cows sold from $58 to $65; D3 and D5 cows, $50-$57; age verified, $62-$70; and good bulls, $62-$78.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $114 to $124; 800-900 lbs., $123-$134; 700-800 lbs., $132-$145; 600-700 lbs., $140- $162; 500-600 lbs., $145-$174; 400-500 lbs., $150-$176; and 300-400 lbs., $170-$201.

Feeder heifers at 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $100 to $113; 800-900 lbs., $105-$122; 700- 800 lbs., $111-$132; 600-700 lbs., $110-$140; 500-600 lbs., $125-$152; 400-500 lbs., $130- $161; and 300-400 lbs., $136-$154.

Gladstone Auction Mart:There were 1,336 cattle sold at the auction held Oct. 18. In the slaughter market, cows traded from $45 to $65 and bulls from $60 to $73.75.

Feeder steers at 900-1,000 lbs. fetched $105-$124; 800-900 lbs., $116-$134.75; 700- 800 lbs., $120-$144.45; 600-700 lbs., $125- $157.50; 500-600 lbs., $130-$172; 400-500 lbs., $150-$192.50; and 300-400 lbs., $170-$216.

Feeder heifers at 700-800 lbs. went for $110-$129; 600-700 lbs., $110-$132.50; 500- 600 lbs., $115-$152.50; 400-500 lbs., $116- $156; and 300-400 lbs., $120-$167.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 121 slaughter and 1,467 feeders sold Oct. 19. For slaughter, fleshy export cows fetched $55-$60; lean export cows, $48-$55; mature cows, $48-$53; feeding cows, $60-$65; and export bulls, $70-$76.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. went for $95-$110; 800-900 lbs., $105-$118.50; 700- 800 lbs., $114-$126.50; 600-700 lbs., $120- $134; 500-600 lbs., $130-$150; 400-500 lbs., $138-$153; and under 400 lbs., $145-$170.

Feeder steers at 900-1,000 lbs. fetched $110-$123.50; 800-900 lbs., $120-132.50; 700- 800 lbs., $128-$145; 600-700 lbs., $137-$152; 500-600 lbs., $150-$167.50; 400-500 lbs., $165-$186; and under 400 lbs., $180-$235.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 4,010 cattle were on offer during sales held the week ending Oct. 21. For slaughter, D1-D2 cows traded from $63 to $65; D3 cows, $54-$62; mature bulls, $72-$75.75; feeder cows, $72-$82; butcher steers, $95-$100; and butcher heifers, $93-$96.

Feeder steers at 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $112 to $124.50; 800-900 lbs., $120-$134; 700- 800 lbs., $132-$146.50; 600-700 lbs., $135- $154.75; 500-600 lbs., $145-$170; 400-500 lbs., $165-$195; and 300-400 lbs., $170-$207.

Feeder heifers at 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $90 to $104; 800-900 lbs., $110-$122; 700-800 lbs., $115-$130; 600-700 lbs., $127-$139.25; 500-600 lbs., $135-$148; 400-500 lbs., $138- $165; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$180.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:At the Oct. 19 sale 2,917 head of cattle were on offer. Butcher steers brought $95-$98.75 while butcher heifers fetched $94-$98. Ageverified young cows traded at $60-$65.50. D1-D2 cows traded at $59-$63.50; D3 cows, $56-$59; shelly cows, $40-$50; and mature bulls, $72-$77.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $115 to $122.75; 800-900 lbs., $124-$136; 700-800 lbs., $136-$149; 600- 700 lbs., $139-$155; 500-600 lbs., $147-$166; 400-500 lbs., $160-$192; and 300-400 lbs., $175-$216.

Feeder heifers at 900-1,000 lbs. brought $108-$116; 800-900 lbs., $111-$122; 700-800 lbs., $116-$128; 600-700 lbs., $124-$139; 500- 600 lbs., $129-$146; 400-500 lbs., $145-$166; and 300-400 lbs., $145-$178.

Killarney Auction Mart:There were 980 cattle on offer Oct. 17. For slaughter, D1-D2 cows brought $55-$60; D3-D4 cows sold from $45-$55. Young feeder cows brought $59-$66 and slaughter bulls, $68-$75.

Feeder steers at 700-800 lbs. sold from $130 to $145; 600-700 lbs., $138-$155; 500- 600 lbs., $145-$173; 400-500 lbs., $160-$194; and 300-400 lbs., $170-$214.

Feeder heifers weighing 600-700 lbs. fetched $120-$133.75; 500-600 lbs., $135- $164; 400-500 lbs., $145-$177; and 300-400 lbs., $150-$176.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 2,710 cattle were sold Oct. 20. For slaughter, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $55 to $66; D3 and D4 cows, $50-$54; canners, $40-$51; slaughter bulls, $70-$75; and medium bulls, $60-$70.

Feeder steers at 800-900 lbs. fetched $120- $131; 700-800 lbs., $125-$150; 600-700 lbs., $145-$163; 500-600 lbs., $150-$174; 400-500 lbs., $165-$193; and 300-400 lbs., $160-$195.

Feeder heifers at 800-900 lbs. brought $108-$120; 700-800 lbs., $115-$125; 600- 700 lbs., $120-$140; 500-600 lbs., $130-$150; 400-500 lbs., $140-$175 and 300-400 lbs., $150-$175.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The sale held Oct. 20 saw 100 slaughter cattle and 1,859 feeders sold. For slaughter, A1-A2 steers sold from $95 to $98.50; A1-A2 heifers, $93-$97; D1 and D2 cows, $60-$72; D3 and D5 cows, $55- $60; and good bulls, $70-$75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $115-$125; 800-900 lbs., $120-$135; 700-800 lbs., $125-$140; 600-700 lbs., $140- $152; 500-600 lbs., $145-$165; 400-500 lbs., $175-$195; and 300-400 lbs., $190-$218.

Feeder heifers at 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $105 to $112; 800-900 lbs., $110-$115; 700-800 lbs., $115-$125; 600-700 lbs., $120- $135; 500-600 lbs., $125-$145; 400-500 lbs., $145-$155; and 300-400 lbs., $155-$170.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales:There were 1,800 head of cattle sold Oct. 21, of which 260 were for slaughter and 1,540 were feeders. For slaughter, dry fed cows brought $56- $59; good fleshed cows, $52-$56; lean cows, $47-$52; young age verified, $50-$62; and good bulls, $68-$76.

Feeder steers over 1,000 lbs. brought $105- $116; 900-1,000 lbs., $110-$122.25; 800-900 lbs., $125-$135; 700-800 lbs., $125-$138.25; 600-700 lbs., $140-$155; 500-600 lbs., $145- $164; 400-500 lbs., $150-$187; and under 400 lbs., $155-$193.

Feeder heifers at 900-1,000 lbs. brought $105-$116.25; 800-900 lbs., $105-$122.25; 700-800 lbs., $115-$125; 600-700 lbs., $120- $132; 500-600 lbs., $125-$173; and 400-500 lbs., $130-$193.

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