Good Pasture Conditions Limit Sale Volumes – for Sep. 16, 2010

Ca t t l e numbers were mostly stable at Manitoba auction marts during the week ending Sept. 10, although steady to firmer prices continued to be seen across the board.

Dave Nickel of Gladstone Auction Mart said he was pleased with the numbers at its sale Sept. 8. “The numbers were good; there were more yearlings than what I thought there would be out there,” he said.

Prices were steady to positive, he said, and he expects to see the price stay solid down the road. “I think the yearling price is going to stay steady,” he said. “With new calves it will be interesting to see what happens.”

Gene Parks of the Pipestone and Whitewood, Sask. auction marts agreed yearling prices had been solid, “maybe a bit weaker than they were a week ago, but still steady.”

Feeder prices haven’t been at the rate they are now in the last eight years, he said, also stating the prices were “far higher” compared to this time a year ago.

“You’ve got to remember there are only a handful of feeders moving through right now,” he said.

With pastures continuing to be strong, he said, volume could be down for the next little bit.

“I don’t think we’re going to see any big runs (numbers) of cattle here for a little while until the pastures dry up,” he said. “Guys will just be easing them through from here until Christmas. Nobody is in any rush to move cattle.”

Nickel agreed conditions are good for holding onto cattle.

“I think if the market is going to stay steady and if the pastures keep looking good, I think it’ll be a little bit before the cattle start moving,” he said. “Right now there is still quite a bit of grass out there.”

One downward trend seen during the week was the price of cows, but that’s an expected trend for this time of year, Parks said.

“Cows have seen a bit of downward pressure, but that’s normal for after the September long weekend,” he said. The downward pressure came because the barbecue season is beginning to wind down.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

Ashern Livestock Mart:An estimated 976 head of cattle were sold at the sale held Sept. 8. In the slaughter market, age verified D1 and D2 cows traded for $50-$63 and good bulls, $55-$76.75.

Feeder steers weighing over 1,000 lbs. ranged from $92.50- $100; 900-1,000 lbs., $79.25-$105; 800-900 lbs., $87-$111.50; 700- 800 lbs., $90-$121.50; 600-700 lbs., $60-$121.75; and 500-600 lbs., $101-$112.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $75-$95; 800- 900 lbs., $85-$99.25; 700-800 lbs., $88.50-$108.25; 600-700 lbs., $80.50-$109.50; and 500-600 lbs., $75-$111.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The Sept. 7 sale saw a total of 1,071 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $61 to $66.50 while cows brought $30- $57.50.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $80 to $105.50; 800-900 lbs., $84-$112; 700-800 lbs., $80- $118.50; 600-700 lbs., $95-$124; 500-600 lbs., $105-$133.75; 400- 500 lbs., $109-$135; and 300-400 lbs., $105-$125.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. sold from $85 to $95; 800-900 lbs., $75-$103; 700-800 lbs., $80-$107.50; 600-700 lbs., $84-$112.50; 500-600 lbs., $90- $116; and 400-500 lbs., $98-$120.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 102 slaughter cattle and 298 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on Sept. 8. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $57 to $62; lean export cows, $53-$57; mature cows, $47-$55; feeding cows, $56-$62; export bulls, $72- $79; and mature bulls, $70-$75.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. sold from $92 to $100.25; 700-800 lbs., $96-$104.75; 600- 700 lbs., $100-$108; 500-600 lbs., $107-$116; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$120.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. sold from $90 to $99; 800-900 lbs., $94-$105; 700-800 lbs., $100-$115; 600-700 lbs., $100-$120; 500-600 lbs., $115- $125; and 400-500 lbs., $120- $130.50.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 584 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. A1-A2 steers traded from $84 to $89; A1-A2 heifers, $82-$88; D1-D2 cows, $54- $59.50; D3 cows, $46-$53; and good bulls, $67-$72.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $92 to $104; 800-900 lbs., $98-$112.25; 700-800 lbs., $105-$119; 600-700 lbs., $110-$126; 500-600 lbs., $115-$127; 400-500 lbs., $115- $135.50; and 300-400 lbs., $120- $141.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. sold from $88 to $98; 800-900 lbs., $90-$101.50; 700- 800 lbs., $95-$105.75; 600-700 lbs., $98-$108; 500-600 lbs., $100- $114; 400-500 lbs., $105-$119; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$121.50.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 1,289 cattle sold at the sale held on Sept. 8. Butcher steers brought $84-$87 while butcher heifers sold from $83 to $86. Age verified/ young cows sold from $55 to $61; D1-D2 cows, $53-$57.50; D3 cows, $48-$53; shelly cows, $45-$48; and mature bulls, $67- $72.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $98-$105.75; 800-900 lbs., $102-$112.50; 700- 800 lbs., $108-$119.50; 600-700 lbs., $112-$122; 500-600 lbs., $118-$138; 400-500 lbs., $125- $144; and 300-400 lbs., $125- $144.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $90 to $98; 800-900 lbs., $94-$103.50; 700-800 lbs., $98-$107.50; 600- 700 lbs., $100-$111; 500-600 lbs., $102-$114; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$120.

Killarney Auction Mart:There were 503 cattle sold at the Sept. 9 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows went from $54 to $56.75; D3 and D4 cows, $35- $53; and bulls, $66-$86.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. sold for $87 to $101.50; 800-900 lbs., $93-$107.50; 700- 800 lbs., $97.50-$110.50; 600-700 lbs., $102.50-$118; 500-600 lbs., $105.50-$125; 400-500 lbs., $130- $131; and 300-400 lbs., $120- $143.

Feeder heifers weighing over 900 lbs. brought $84-$94.50; 800- 900 lbs., $92-$98.50; 700-800 lbs., $97-$110.50; 600-700 lbs., $97- $110; 500-600 lbs., $94.50-$112; 400-500 lbs., $95-$112; and 300- 400 lbs., $113-$122.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: Pipestone did not hold a sale this week.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 625 cattle were sold at the Sept. 9 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $45 to $51; D3 D4 cows, $35-$45; and bulls, $73-$78.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $102-$109; 700- 800 lbs., $105-$119; 600-700 lbs., $110-$124; 500-600 lbs., $118- $132; and 400-500 lbs., $115- $130.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $90 to $97; 800-900 lbs., $97-$103.50; 700-800 lbs., $98-$107.50; 600- 700 lbs., $100-$107; 500-600 lbs., $100-$109; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$114.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The sale held Sept. 9 resulted in 80 slaughter cattle and 77 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. brought $82-$86.50; A1-A2 heifers over 850 lbs., $80-$84; D1 and D2 cows, $52-$56; D3 and D5 cows, $48-$52; and good bulls, $72-$75.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$105; 800- 900 lbs., $105-$110; 700-800 lbs., $115-$120; 600-700 lbs., $118- $125; 500-600 lbs., $120-$130; 400-500 lbs., $120-$132; and 300- 400 lbs., $125-$135.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $95 to $100; 700-800 lbs., $100-$105; 600-700 lbs., $100-$108; 500-600 lbs., $105-$110; 400-500 lbs., $105- $115; and 300-400 lbs., $115- $120.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 1,035 head of cattle sold during the week ending Sept. 10. In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold for $83.75; dry fed cows, $49-$53; good fleshed, $45-$49; lean, $39-$45; young age-verified, $48-$58; and good bulls, $65-$73.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $95-$106; 700- 800 lbs., $105-$114.50; 600-700 lbs., $108-$118.50; 500-600 lbs., $112-$126; and 400-500 lbs., $120-$135.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $85 to $93.50; 800-900 lbs., $90-$97.50; 700-800 lbs., $95-$105; 600-700 lbs., $98-$106; and 500-600 lbs., $105-$116.

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