Fall Feeder Run Has Begun – for Aug. 26, 2010

The week that ended Aug. 20 was a much busier one for Man-itoba auction marts, as cattle numbers begin to pick up in anticipation of the annual fall run.

The Ashern auction mart reopened after its summer break, while most others which had been operating on a biweekly basis, are now returning to their regular schedule.

Heartland Livestock in Virden has been having one sale a week throughout the summer, but this week it saw a large increase in quantity.

Manager Robin Hill said 755 animals come through the gates this week, and 550 of those were feeder cattle.

“We’re getting into the feeder run. We saw some very aggressive trade on the feeder cattle,” Hill said. “The heavier ones, like 750-950 (lbs.), were very strong. Maybe even stronger than expected.”

Hill figured that fat contracts for December were quite strong, which contributed to the good prices.

Even though there was an increase of more than 400 cattle sold from the week before in Virden, Hill said numbers were still down a bit from this time one year ago. He believes that’s because of great grass conditions.

“With so much grass, the producers are happy just to leave the cattle out there,” he said. “We’re going to have a real good run here next week.”

The purchased cattle were going both east and west, Hill said, but he added that few were going to the U. S. because of the strong Canadian dollar. He said the strength of the Canadian dollar has a huge impact on where the cattle go.

“It has a great effect. If we were seeing a 90-cent dollar, all the cattle would probably be going south,” he said.

Overall, Hill was happy with the demand.

“It seems like there are lots of orders, and we could be getting more and more,” he said.

With so much moisture throughout the southwest part of the province, Hill said that there are little – if any – concerns about food for the winter.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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Ashern Livestock Mart:An estimated 120 head of cattle were sold at the sale held on Aug. 18.

In the slaughter market, age-verified D1 and D2 cows traded for $55-$61; D3 and D5 cows $48-$54 and good bulls $59-$75.75.

Feeder steers weighing 700-800 lbs. ranged from $95-$106.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 600-700 lbs. brought $80-$98.50.

Gladstone Auction Mart: There were not enough cattle sold this week for a market report.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There was no auction held this week.

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

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 438 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. Included in the sale were 64 slaughter and 374 feeder cattle.

A1-A2 steers traded from $80-$84.50; A1-A2 heifers $80- $82.50; D1-D2 cows $55-$60, age verified $61-$64.50; shells $35-$49 and good bulls $71-$75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $95-$102.50; 800-900 lbs. $98-$106.50; 700-800 lbs. $102-$114 and 600-700 lbs. $105-$116.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. sold from $90-$98.50; 700-800 lbs. $94-$103.25 and 600-700 lbs. $96-$105.25.

Summer Schedule:Auctions will be held every Tuesday.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 755 cattle sold at the sale held on August 18.

Butcher steers brought $81-$84.50 while butcher heifers sold from $80-$83.50. Ageverified/ young cows sold from $59-$63; D1-D2 cows $57-$62; D3 cows $53-$57; shelly cows $48-$54 and mature bulls $71- $76.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $94-$105; 800-900 lbs. $99-$107.75; 700-800 lbs. $100-$112.50; 600-700 lbs. $106-$116.75; 500-600 lbs. $110-$124 and 400- 500 lbs. $115-$127.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $87-$95; 800-900 lbs. $90-$99; 700-800 lbs. $93-$102; 600-700 lbs. $99-$109 and 500-600 lbs. $100-$110.

Summer Schedule:Auctions will be held every Wednesday.

Killarney Auction Mart: The next sale will be held August 26.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: Pipestone is closed until the end of August.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart Ltd.: A total of 422 cattle were sold at the August 19 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $54-$60; D3-D4 cows $38-$51 and bulls $73-$77.75. Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $95-$105.50; 800-900 lbs. $100-$107.50; 700-800 lbs. $105-$115; 600-700 lbs. $105-$122 and 500-600 lbs. $110-$125. Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $95-$103.75; 700-800 lbs. $98-$105.50; 600-700 lbs. $105-$110.50 and 500-600 lbs. $105-$114.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The sale held on Thursday, August 19 resulted in 87 slaughter cattle and 103 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers over $1,000 lbs. brought $83-$88; A1-A2 heifers over 850 lbs. $82-$86.50; D1-D2 cows $55-$62; D3-D5 cows $42-$54.50 and good bulls $68-$78.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $92-$106; 800-900 lbs. $100-$114; 700-800 lbs. $105-$118; 600-700 lbs. $110-$124; 500-600 lbs. $112- $130; 400-500 lbs. $118-$130 and 300-400 lbs. $115-$130.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $87-$102.50; 700-800 lbs. $90-$106; 600-700 lbs. $93-$108.75; 500-600 lbs. $96-$112; 400-500 lbs. $100-$113.50 and 300-400 lbs. $105-$115.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales Ltd.:There were about 279 head of cattle sold during the week ending on August 20.

In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold from $83-$86.75; select steers and heifers $79-$83; dry fed cows $50-$53; good fleshed $47-$50; lean $44-$47; young age verified $50-$65 and good bulls $66-$75. Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $93-$100; 800-900 lbs. $99-$106.50 and 700-800 lbs. $105-$112.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $90-$96.50; 700-800 lbs. $95-$101.75 and 600-700 lbs. $100-$110.

Su m m e r Schedule: Winnipeg will hold a sale on Fridays only.

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