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Field Work Takes Priority Over Cattle Marketings

Cattle movement and prices at auctions in Manitoba maintained steady levels during the week ended Oct. 7, but activity is seen picking up over the next couple of weeks as community pastures begin to empty out.

There has been a steady flow of feeders to the auction yards, but butcher animals have been on the lighter-than-usual side, said Robin Hill, manager of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden.

Demand came mainly from western packers, but outlets in Ontario and Quebec were interested in picking up top-quality cattle, Hill said, also noting a pickup in U.S. demand.

From the auction floors

Note:AllpricesinCanadiandollarsper hundredweight.Thesepricesalsogenerally representthetopone-thirdofsalesreported bytheauctionyard.

Ashern Auction Mart:About 1,340 head of cattle were sold Oct. 5 including 100 slaughter cattle and 1,240 feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold from $55 to $61; D3 and D5 cows, $45- $53; age verified, $62-$68; heiferettes, $75; and good bulls, $76-$81.

Feeder steers at 800-900 lbs. traded from $120 to $138; 700-800 lbs., $128-$144; 600- 700 lbs., $130-$155; 500-600 lbs., $150-$170; 400-500 lbs., $158-$191.50; and 300-400 lbs., $160-$186.

Feeder heifers at 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $95 to $116; 800-900 lbs., $100-$120; 700-800 lbs., $100-$128; 600-700 lbs., $123-$139; 500- 600 lbs., $122-$143; 400-500 lbs., $140-$164; and 300-400 lbs., $150-$174.

Gladstone Auction Mart:There were 1,084 cattle sold Oct. 4. In the slaughter market, cows traded from $30 to $66.25 and bulls, $70- $80.

Feeder steers at 900-1,000 lbs. fetched $100- $124.50; 800-900 lbs., $100-$137.75; 700-800 lbs., $110-$143; 600-700 lbs., $130-$153; 500- 600 lbs., $135-$164.50; 400-500 lbs., $150-$180; and 300-400 lbs., $150-$220.

Feeder heifers at 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $75 to $105; 800-900 lbs., $100-$117.50; 700- 800 lbs., $90-$124; 600-700 lbs., $110-$131; 500-600 lbs., $120-$152; 400-500 lbs., $120- $164; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$175.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 126 slaughter cattle and 565 feeders sold Oct. 4. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows fetched $55-$59; lean export cows, $48- $53; mature cows, $45-$52; feeding cows, $57- $65; and export bulls, $70-$75.50.

Feeder heifers at 800-900 lbs. traded from $102 to $113; 700-800 lbs., $113-$124.75; 600- 700 lbs., $122-$139; 500-600 lbs., $127-$139; 400-500 lbs., $138-$152; and under 400 lbs., $140-$162.50.

Feeder steers at 900-1,000 lbs. brought $105- $115; 800-900 lbs., $118-$133; 700-800 lbs., $130-$142.50; 600-700 lbs., $135-$144; 500- 600 lbs., $145-$166; 400-500 lbs., $160-$177; and under 400 lbs., $170-$209.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 2,091 cattle were on offer during the week ending Oct. 7. In the slaughter market, butcher steers traded from $95 to $100; butcher heifers, $93-$98.50; D1-D2 cows, $64-$68; D3 cows, $54-$63; and mature bulls, $74-$78.

Feeder steers at 900 1,000 lbs. sold from $105 to $117; 800-900 lbs., $118-$127; 700-800 lbs., $130-$145; 600-700 lbs., $135-$154.50; 500-600 lbs., $145-$170; 400-500 lbs., $162-$183.50; and 300-400 lbs., $165-$199.

Feeder heifers at 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $100 to $104.50; 800-900 lbs., $110-$120; 700-800 lbs., $115-$132; 600-700 lbs., $125-$139.50; 500-600 lbs., $130-$149; 400-500 lbs., $135-$157.50; and 300-400 lbs., $140- $160.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:On Oct. 5, 1,497 head of cattle were on offer. In the slaughter market, butcher steers brought $93-$96.50 while butcher heifers fetched $92- $96.75. Age-verified young cows traded at $63-$68.50. D1-D2 cows traded at $61-$66; D3 cows, $57-$61; shelly cows, $47-$57 and mature bulls, $74-$80.

Feeder steers at 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $114 to $121.75; 800-900 lbs., $123-$131; 700- 800 lbs., $131-$144; 600-700 lbs., $138-$155; 500-600 lbs., $142-$162; 400-500 lbs., $152- $180; and 300-400 lbs., $160-$205.

Feeder heifers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. category brought $108-$116; 800-900 lbs., $113- $121.50; 700-800 lbs., $118-$128; 600-700 lbs., $122-$139; 500-600 lbs., $128-$145; and 400- 500 lbs., $137-$155.

Killarney Auction Mart:There were 850 cattle on offer Oct. 3. In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows brought $55-$61 while D3-D4 cows sold from $45 to $55. Young feeder cows brought $60-$70. Slaughter bulls traded at $68-$75.75.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. category sold from $112 to $126.50; 800-900 lbs., $120-$132.50; 700-800 lbs., $125-$142; 600-700 lbs., $130-$154; 500-600 lbs., $140-$176; 400- 500 lbs., $145-$175; and 300-400 lbs., $165- $200.

Feeder heifers at 800-900 lbs., fetched $115- $124; 700-800 lbs., $116-$129.50; 600-700 lbs., $118-$137.50; 500-600 lbs., $125-$149; 400-500 lbs., $130-$161; and 300-400 lbs., $145-$174.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 1,006 cattle were sold Oct. 6. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $55 to $70; D3 and D4 cows, $50-$56; canners, $40-$51; slaughter bulls, $70-$77; and medium bulls, $60-$70.

Feeder steers at 800-900 lbs. fetched $120- $137; 700-800 lbs., $125-$144; 600-700 lbs., $130-$154; 500-600 lbs., $150-$178; 400-500 lbs., $165-$198; and 300-400 lbs., $170-$208.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $108-$120; 700-800 lbs., $115-$133; 600-700 lbs., $120-$135; 500-600 lbs., $125-$146; 400- 500 lbs., $140-$175; and 300-400 lbs., $150- $176.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The sale held Oct. 6 resulted in 64 slaughter cattle and 450 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold from $62 to $68; D3 and D5 cows, $58-$62; and good bulls, $72-$80.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $110-$125; 800-900 lbs., $120-$134; 700-800 lbs., $130-$140; 600-700 lbs., $140- $157; 500-600 lbs., $150-$165; 400-500 lbs., $175-$190; and 300-400 lbs., $185-$203.

Feeder heifers at 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $100 to $110; 800-900 lbs., $110-$118; 700-800 lbs., $120-$128; 600-700 lbs., $130-$138; 500- 600 lbs., $140-$150; 400-500 lbs., $155-$165; and 300-400 lbs., $175-$190.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales:A total of 1,169 head of cattle were sold at Oct. 7, of which 205 were for slaughter and 964 for feeders.

In the slaughter market, dry fed cows brought $59-$63; good fleshed cows, $55-$59; lean cows, $50-$55; young age verified, $52- $67; and good bulls, $70-$77.50.

Feeder steers at over 1,000 lbs. sold from $100 to $111; 900-1,000 lbs., $115-$123; 800- 900 lbs., $120-$130; 700 to 800 lbs., $128-$135; 600-700 lbs., $130-$145; 500-600 lbs., $130- $160.50; 400-500 lbs., $150-$185; and under 400 lbs., $150-$189.

Feeder heifers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. category brought $105-$114.50; 800-900 lbs., $110- $122.75; 700-800 lbs., $115-$128.50; 600-700 lbs., $118-$131; 500-600 lbs., $125-$168.50; 400-500 lbs., $125-$168.50; and under 400 lbs., $135-$160.

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