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Heat Cools Sales Volumes

The hot tempera-t ures across Manitoba during the week ended July 25 limited the amount of animals that were sold, especially during sales early in the week.

Heartland Livestock Services in Brandon had only 95 animals come to market at their Tuesday, July 19 sale, but with humidex values nearing – and in some areas surpassing – the 45 C mark, producers could not be blamed for not bringing cattle to the sale.

“The heat sure didn’t help!” said Keith Cleaver, manager of Heartland in Brandon. “The cattle looked good, but it was so hot to haul them that you can’t blame anyone for not wanting to bring them in that day.”

Dr. Bob Ehlenfeldt, Wiscosin state veterinarian, said in the hot weather, cattle will usually eat less, and added it is best if they don’t have to be transported.

Despite the low volumes at the sale, Cleaver said prices were surprisingly solid.

“The grain prices are high, but the feeders just keep on climbing. They were fully steady to maybe a bit stronger with pretty much of all of the weights this week,” he said. “The lower numbers shouldn’t increase price because it makes it hard for buyers to get a load together. There just seems to be strong demand for them.”

Cleaver added that the cows and bulls traded at mostly steady figures compared to the previous week.

The only other two cattle sales in Manitoba during the week were held in Virden and Winnipeg, with seasonally low volumes being reported.

Although the hot weather put stress on the animals and caused less to be sold, it was seen as a positive in terms of haying conditions.

There has been a lot of hay put up these past few weeks, and the hay that was put up was of very good quality,” Cleaver said. “We had about a 10-day run with no rain and up until the end of this week we had very good drying conditions. As well, the humidity wasn’t as high as it had been, which certainly helped as well.”

Later in the week, many parts of western Manitoba received rainfall – large amounts in some areas – which Cleaver said could go a long way towards the area seeing a strong second cut of hay.

“Things should be good for a second cut as well,” he said. “A lot of areas got a rain midweek (Wednesday, July 20), so that should eliminate any worries about dryness.”

From the auction floor: (Note all prices in Cdn$ per cwt. These prices also generally represent the top one-third of sales reported by the auction yard.)

Ashern Livestock Mart: Closed for summer. Sales to resume in August.

Gladstone Auction Mart: Prices unavailable from June 21 sale. Final sale in mid- July. Sales to resume in mid- August.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:Summer schedule in place. No sales until August.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 95 cattle were on offer in Brandon at the July 19 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows $64-$71; D3 cows $58-$63; Feeder cows $50-$57, and good bulls $82-$88.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. ranged from $102-$113.75; 800-900 lbs. $105-$115; 700-800 lbs. $112- $128.25; 600-700 lbs. $120- $135.50; 500-600 lbs. $130- $144, and 400-500 lbs. $125- $154.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 800 lbs. brought $100-$104.25; 700-800 lbs. $105-$116; 600- 700 lbs. $110-$121.25; 500-600 lbs. $115-$125.50, 400-500 lbs. $120-$131.50 and $125-$134.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: Prices unavailable at press time from July 20 sale.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart Ltd.: Sales finished for summer. Auctions to resume in fall.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: Sales concluded for summer. Auctions to resume August 18.

Killarney Auction Mart: No auction this week. Sales to resume in August.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 211 cattle sold at the sale held on July 22.

In the slaughter market, age-verified/ young cows ranged from $52-$67; D1 and D2 cows $60-$64; D3 cows $55- $60; shelly cows $50-$55 and mature bulls $78-$80.

Feeder prices were not available from the sale.

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