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Demand Not Yet Taking Holiday

The cal- endar may have already hit the middle of June, but cattle prices

remained fairly steady across auction marts in Manitoba during the week ended June 13.

Robin Hill, manager of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden, said butcher cat-t le were very steady at their June 8 sale, in large part because of significant volumes.

“There was lots of demand for groups” of butcher animals, Hill said. “About a third of the sale was butcher cattle, and prices have really hung in there of late.

“Butcher steers and heifers were steady this week, although there was a slight drop last week,” Hill said. “Feeder cattle have backed off a bit in the last month.”

Any decline in prices that has been seen is mostly attributed to the changing of seasons, he said.

“We are getting into the summer season, and some auction marts are shutting down or have sales every other week. We will take the last week of June off,” he said.

When asked if he thought the so-called “summer slowdown” may not be as severe this year, Hill said it was still too early to tell.

One of the auction marts preparing to go into summer shutdown mode is Killarney’s, which will hold a sale June 16, then close until mid-August. Meanwhile, Ross Taylor of Taylor Auction Services at Melita said its final sale before the summer break will be June 23.

Many parts of southwestern Manitoba have been hit by excessive rain this fall, and that’s had an effect on the area’s pastures, Hill said.

“It’s really hit and miss,” he said. “In some areas the pasture land is not too bad, but some is under water. There isn’t as much pasture as we thought we were going to have a month ago, and in my opinion, there is less pasture now than what we had a month ago because of the excess moisture.”

Not only is the area’s pasture land under some stress, the hay crop may also not be as good as producers have hoped.

“We need some heat to get the crop to grow,” Hill said. “Of course, the other question is how much is going to get put up in a bale, and how much will go in as silage or whatever. It can dry up pretty quick.”

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

Note:Allpricesin Canadiandollarsperhundredweight. Thesepricesalso generallyrepresentthetop one-thirdofsalesreported bytheauctionyard.

Ashern Livestock Mart: An estimated 410 head of cattle were sold at the sale held June 8. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold anywhere from $62 to $68; D3 and D5 cows, $57- $64; age verified, $70-$76; and good bulls, $85-$96.75.

Feeder steers weighing 700-800 lbs. brought $90- $105; 600-700 lbs., $120- $132; and 500-600 lbs., $130- $145. Feeder heifers weighing 600-700 lbs. brought $95-$128; 500-600 lbs., $105- $127, and 400-500 lbs., $110- $135.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The June 7 sale saw a total of 210 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $75 to $88 while cows brought $35-$70.75.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $105 to $122; 700-800 lbs., $120-$126; 600-700 lbs. ,

$100-$126.50; 500-600 lbs., $104-$124; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$134.

Feeder heifers in the 900- to 1,000-lb. category traded from $85 to $100.25; 800-900 lbs., $74-$107.75; 700-800 lbs., $90-$102; 600-700 lbs., $108-$112.75; 500-600 lbs., $107-$119; and 400-500 lbs., $90-$128.50; while 300-400 lbs. brought $106-$108.

Summer schedule: Final sale mid-July, sales to resume mid-August.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 105 slaughter cattle, 163 feeders, and 52 cow/calf pairs sold at the Grunthal yard on June 8. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $63 to $68.25; lean export cows, $58-$64; mature cows, $57-$63; and export bulls, $84-$88.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. brought $100- $106; 600-700 lbs., $105- $113; 500-600 lbs., $112- $125; 400-500 lbs., $110- $122; and under 400 lbs., $114-$129.50.

Feeder steers weighing 700-800 lbs. ranged from $98 to $106; 600-700 lbs., $102- $114; 500-600 lbs., $122.50- $133.50; 400-500 lbs., $127- $137; and under 400 lbs., $135-$145.

Summer schedule: Last weekly sale June 23; biweekly sales during July. Weekly auctions resume Aug. 9.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 524 cattle were on offer in Brandon at the June 9 sale. In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows went for $68- $74.50; D3 cows, $62-$67; feeder cows, $53-$61; and good bulls, $78-$83.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. ranged from $90 to $103; 800-900 lbs., $98-$114; 700-800 lbs., $114-$130; 600-700 lbs. , $122-$135; 500-600 lbs. , $130-$146; and 400-500 lbs., $135-$154.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $85-$94; 800-900 lbs., $92- $104.50; 700-800 lbs., $105- $117; 600-700 lbs., $110- $128; 500-600 lbs., $114- $123.50; and 400-500 lbs., $115-$125.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:No data available from the June 8 sale.

Killarney Auction Mart: No sale was held during the week. Final sale before summer break June 16, auctions to resume in August.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: No data available from the June 9 auction. Summer schedule: Final sale June 23.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held June 9 resulted in 200 slaughter cattle and 84 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold from $62 to $72; D3 and D5 cows, $55-$62; and good bulls, $84-$89.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., brought $95-$105; 800-900 lbs. , $100-$110; 700-800 lbs. , $105-$120; 600-700 lbs. , $110-$125; 500-600 lbs. , $115-$130; 400-500 lbs. , $120-$135; and 300-400 lbs., $125-$140.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $90 to $100; 700-800 lbs., $95- $105; 600-700 lbs., $100- $110; 500-600 lbs., $105- $115; 400-500 lbs., $110- $120; and 300-400 lbs., $115- $125.

Summer schedule: Final sale before summer break June 23, auctions to resume Aug. 18.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 460 cattle sold at the sale held June 10. In the slaughter market, age-verified/ young cows ranged from $58 to $73.50; D1 and D2 cows, $64-$68; D3 cows, $58-$64; shelly cows, $52- $58; and mature bulls, $80- $92.50.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $110- $119; 700-800 lbs., $125- $130; and 600-700 lbs., $125- $132.50, while 500-600 lbs. brought $125-$135.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $90 to $99; 700-800 lbs., $97- $108; 600-700 lbs., $100- $110; and 500-600 lbs., $105- $115.

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– Robin Hill, Heartland Livestock Services, Virden

“…inmyopinion,thereislesspasture nowthanwhatwehadamonthago becauseoftheexcessmoisture.”

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