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Ca t t l e marketings by producers in Manitoba varied widely across the province during the week ended Oct. 1, with deliveries associated with the weather conditions. Prices for the cattle marketed generally held steady.

“Marketings really came down to the area of the province and whether conditions were conducive for harvest operations,” said Rick Wright with Heartland Order Buying Co. “If it was a good harvesting day then there were few deliveries, but if it was raining, then the numbers began to show up.”

Yearling numbers in Manitoba’s west were just about cleaned up, he noted, with values for those cattle a bit lower than what they were two to three weeks ago.

In the province’s east, yearlings were just starting to make their way to auction yards, as wet conditions set back marketings to some degree, Wright said.

Calves weighing 400 pounds and under saw some extremely strong values during the week. Heavier calves, weighing 650 lbs. and up, which were in good demand from Eastern Canada, also saw some decent values.

“Certainly prices for cattle in general are better than what they were at the same time a year ago,” he said, noting that prices were 15 to 20 cents a pound, on a lot of classes, higher than what they were last year at this time.

In terms of the delivery schedule for calves, Wright said historic patterns have generally been tossed out the window.

“We are way behind in getting the number in, and if they do start to come in, they are going to come in hot and heavy possibly toward the end of October,” he predicted.

Wright acknowledged the change in deliveries can be attributed in part to producers pushing their cattle cycle toward the spring and summer. However, he also pointed out that pasture conditions remain extremely good and as a result there has been no rush to bring cattle in. Plus, in most areas, producers are still harvesting hay.

However, Wright did caution that with the late Manitoba marketings, there is a worry that these deliveries will also bump into increased cattle movement in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

Ashern Livestock Mart:An estimated 1,664 head of cattle were sold at the sale held Sept. 29. Included in the sale were 190 slaughter cattle and 1,474 feeders. In the slaughter market, older shelly cows sold for $10 and up; age-verified D1 and D2 cows, $48-$54.75; D3 and D5 cows, $40- $48; and good bulls, $60-$72.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $85 to $102.25; 800-900 lbs., $100- $115.75; 700-800 lbs., $105-$119; 600-700 lbs., $110-$118.75; 500- 600 lbs., $115-$133.50; 400-500 lbs., $124-$138; and 300-400 lbs., $124-$144.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $80-$97.50; 800-900 lbs., $89-$103.50; 700- 800 lbs., $90-$103.75; 600-700 lbs., $101-$111.60; 500-600 lbs., $100-$124.50; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$121.

Gladstone Auction Mart:The Sept. 28 sale saw a total of 1,116 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $55 to $67.50 while cows brought $35-$50, with age verified up to $55.50.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $78 to $95; 800-900 lbs., $90-$112.75; 700-800 lbs., $100- $114.50; 600-700 lbs., $105- $123.50; 500-600 lbs., $110-$142; 400-500 lbs., $115-$151; and 300- 400 lbs., $120-$150.25.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. sold from $74 to $83; 800-900 lbs., $75-$102.50; 700- 800 lbs., $82-$107.25; 600-700 lbs., $80-$113.50; 500-600 lbs., $80-$113; 400-500 lbs., $95-$124; and 300-400 lbs., $95-$130.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 92 slaughter cattle and 556 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on Sept. 29. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $52 to $57; lean export cows, $47-$52; mature cows, $45-$50; feeding cows, $58- $62; export bulls, $67-$71.50; and mature bulls, $62-$68.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. sold from $90 to $99; 700- 800 lbs., $95-$106; 600-700 lbs., $100-$108.50; 500-600 lbs., $102- $110; 400-500 lbs., $106-$113.50; and under 400 lbs., $112-$120.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded for up to $111.50; 700- 800 lbs., up to $113.70; 600-700 lbs., up to $114.50; 500-600 lbs., $115-$125; 400-500 lbs., $122- $143; and under 400 lbs., $125- $143.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 2,010 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 heifers sold from $80 to $83.50; D1-D2 cows, $50-$58; D3 cows, $45-$50; shells, $30-$45; and good bulls, $66-$70.50.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. ranged from $104 to $110.75; 700-800 lbs., $108- $117.25; 600-700 lbs., $112-$120; 500-600 lbs., $115-$136; 400-500 lbs., $125-$148.25; and 300-400 lbs., $135-$154.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $90-$100; 700- 800 lbs., $92-$103.25; 600-700 lbs., $98-$106.50; 500-600 lbs., $100- $110; 400-500 lbs., $112-$127; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$125.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 1,011 cattle sold at the sale held Sept. 29. Butcher steers brought $82- $85.50, while butcher heifers sold from $81 to $84.50. Ageverified/ young cows sold from $54 to $58; D1-D2 cows, $49-$54; D3 cows, $46-$49; shelly cows, $40-$46; and mature bulls, $65- $70.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$105.25; 800-900 lbs., $100-$111.75; 700- 800 lbs., $105-$113.75; 600-700 lbs., $111-$121; 500-600 lbs., $116-$136; 400-500 lbs., $125- $145; and 300-400 lbs., $128- $155.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $88 to $95.50; 800-900 lbs., $91-$99.75; 700-800 lbs., $97-$105; 600-700 lbs., $99-$109.75; 500-600 lbs., $104-$114.75; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$121.

Killarney Auction Mart:There were 306 cattle sold at the Sept. 30 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $58 to $71.50; D3 and D4 cows, $35- $57.50; and bulls, $53-$70.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. sold for $79-$96.50; 800- 900 lbs., $101-$105.50; 700-800 lbs., $93.50-$112.50; 600-700 lbs., $92.50-$118.50; 500-600 lbs., $111-$130; 400-500 lbs., $113- $136; and 300-400 lbs., $125- $159.

Feeder heifers weighing over 900 lbs. brought $70.50-$82; 800- 900 lbs., $84-$99; 700-800 lbs., $100-$108.50 600-700 lbs., $92- $110; 500-600 lbs., $99-$112; 400- 500 lbs., $107-$126; and 300-400 lbs., $124-$128.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 999 cattle were sold at the Sept. 30 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $50 to $55; D3-D4 cows, $44-$51; canners, $30-$42; and bulls, $63-$67.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$104; 800- 900 lbs., $102-$112; 700-800 lbs., $105-$112.75; 600-700 lbs., $114- $126; 500-600 lbs., $120-$136; and 400-500 lbs., $115-$142.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $94 to $101; 700-800 lbs., $98-$104; 600-700 lbs., $102-$108; 500-600 lbs., $105-$118; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$128.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The sale held Sept. 30 resulted in 100 slaughter cattle and 356 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. ranged from $82-$85, while heifers over 850 lbs. sold from $80 to $83.50; D1 and D2 cows, $50- $56; and D3 and D5 cows, $45- $50.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$105; 800- 900 lbs., $100-$112; 700-800 lbs., $110-$115; 600-700 lbs., $115- $125; 500-600 lbs., $125-$130; 400-500 lbs., $130-$140; and 300- 400 lbs., $135-$148.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $95 to $100; 700-800 lbs., $100-$105; 600-700 lbs., $105-$108; 500-600 lbs., $105-$112; 400-500 lbs., $110- $118; and 300-400 lbs., $115- $125.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 1,455 head of cattle sold at auctions held during the week ending Oct. 1. In the slaughter market, select steers and heifers sold from $80 to $83; dry fed cows, $47-$49; good fleshed, $42-$47; lean, $37-$43; young age verified, $45-$55; and good bulls, $60-$69.75.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $102-$112; 700-800 lbs., $105-$115; 600-700 lbs., $112-$125.50; 500-600 lbs., $116-$136.75; 400-500 lbs., $118- $144.75; and under 400 lbs., $125- $142.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $85 to $97.50; 800-900 lbs., $84-$102.25; 700-800 lbs., $95-$106.75; 600- 700 lbs., $102-$109.50; 500-600 lbs., $98-$116.50; 400-500 lbs., $110-$119.25; and under 400 lbs., $110-$128.

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