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Larger Runs Of Calves Not Expected Till October

Ma n i – toba cattle auction yards generally reported a continuation of strong demand for yearlings and calves during the week ended Sept. 16, although the butcher animals came under a little pressure.

There is aggressive trade on the yearlings, said Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden. New-crop calves were also starting to move through the auction yards, and in most cases they were 10 to 15 cents (per pound) stronger than a year ago today.

The strength was tied in part to the smaller numbers coming to market this early in the season, but Hill said the general fundamentals were also stronger.

It s looking like it s a good thing to have cattle again, he said. The guys need a good price for their calves and yearlings, he added, noting back-grounders paid up for the calves in the spring before putting them out to pasture.

The demand for the yearlings was primarily coming from western feedlots, with some also moving to the east, said Hill.

For the calves, the small numbers meant many were staying locally, as it was difficult to put loads together.

We probably won t see big runs of calves until October, said Hill, noting pastures are still in decent shape, but could use some more moisture in many cases. The grain guys don t want a rain, but the cattle guys could use a good rain.

The feed situation is varied across the province. While there will be shortages in the Interlake, Hill s area in the southwest will have adequate supplies.

The hay crops were better than everyone expected in our area, he said, adding that the varied availability of feed across the province will see both cattle and feed moving around this year, with a government assistance program in place to help cover the costs of moving hay.

Butcher animals were holding relatively steady to slightly softer on the week. However, prices were still holding above the 10-year averages, according to Hill.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

Note:AllpricesinCanadian dollarsperhundredweight (cwt).Thesepricesalsogenerally representthetopone-third ofsalesreportedbytheauction yard.

Ashern Livestock Mart:An estimated 1,125 cattle were sold at the sale held Sept. 14. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold anywhere from $55 to $59; D3 and D5 cows, $50-plus; age-verified, $62-$70; and good bulls, $70-$87.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $113-$121.50; 800-900 lbs., $105-$128.75; 700- 800 lbs., $126-$145; 600-700 lbs., $117-$147.50; 500-600 lbs., $118- $145.50; and 400-500 lbs., $124- $144.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $101 to $114.25; 800-900 lbs., $108- $121.25; 700-800 lbs., $100-$131; 600-700 lbs., $114-$130.50; and 500-600 lbs., $105-$129.50.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The Sept. 13 sale saw a total of 695 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls ranged from $65 to $75 and cows brought $35-$64.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $95 to $123.50; 800-900 lbs., $108- $133.75; 700-800 lbs., $115- $138.75; 600-700 lbs., $120-$151; 500-600 lbs., $125-$165.50; 400- 500 lbs., $135-$166; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$166.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $80-$110; 800- 900 lbs., $90-$118.75; 700-800 lbs., $95-$130.50; 600-700 lbs., $100-$131.75; 500-600 lbs., $115- $139.50; 400-500 lbs., $110-$148; and 300-400 lbs., $109-$131.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 60 slaughter cattle and 236 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on Sept. 13.

In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows sold from $55 to $60; lean export cows, $48-$54; mature cows, $48-$55; feeding cows, $60-$65; and export bulls, $70-$74.50.

Feeder steers in the 800-to 900-lb. category traded at $115- $123.75; 700-800 lbs., $122- $134.50; 600-700 lbs., $124-$133; 500-600 lbs., $130-$140; 400-500 lbs., $140-$150; and under 400 lbs., $150-$177.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $110 to $121.50; 700-800 lbs., $114- $128.50; 600-700 lbs., $116-$126; 500-600 lbs., $120-$131; 400-500 lbs., $120-$129; and under 400 lbs., $122-$133.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 755 cattle were on offer in Brandon at the Sept. 13 sale. In the slaughter market, butcher steers brought $93-$99; butcher heifers, $90- $96; D1-D2 cows, $62-$72; D3 cows, $55-$62; and mature bulls, $75-$80.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $115 to $122; 800-900 lbs., $120-$130.75; 700-800 lbs., $128-$140; 600-700 lbs., $130-$143.50; 500-600 lbs., $135-$152; 400-500 lbs., $145- $168; and 300-400 lbs., $145- $160.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $105-$115; 800-900 lbs., $110-$120.50; 700- 800 lbs., $112-$126; 600-700 lbs., $120-$131; 500-600 lbs., $125- $141.50; and 400-500 lbs., $130- $159.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 817 cattle sold at the sale held Sept. 14. Butcher steers brought $93- $96.75, while butcher heifers sold from $92 to $96. Age-verified/ young cows ranged from $62 to $68.50; D1-D2 cows, $60-$65; D3 cows, $57-$60; shelly cows, $45- $55; and mature bulls, $73-$80.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $115-$122.75; 800-900 lbs., $122-$130.75; 700- 800 lbs., $127-$139; 600-700 lbs., $131-$141; 500-600 lbs., $135- $154; 400-500 lbs., $145-$163; and 300-400 lbs., $155-$185.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $108 to $115.50; 800-900 lbs., $112- $119.75; 700-800 lbs., $117-$127; 600-700 lbs., $119-$132; 500-600 lbs., $125-$140; and 400-500 lbs., $133-$155.

Killarney Auction Mart:D1 and D2 cows at the Sept. 12 sale ranged from $56 to $63; D3 and D4, $50-$57; and slaughter bulls, $70-$76.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $123-$129; 700- 800 lbs., $130-$139; and 600-700 lbs., $135-$142. Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. ranged from $114 to $119; 700-800 lbs., $117-$123; and 600-700 lbs., $118-$125.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 1,050 cattle were sold at the Sept. 15 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $57 to $64; D3-D4 cows, $50-$56; canners, $35-$51; slaughter bulls, $72-$80; and medium bulls, $65-$75.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $110-$125; 800-900 lbs., $115-$133; 700-800 lbs., $120-$143; 600-700 lbs., $128-$148; 500-600 lbs., $150- $175; 400-500 lbs., $160-$188; and 300-400 lbs., $165-$185.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $100 to $115; 800-900 lbs., $108-$121; 700-800 lbs., $115-$131; 600-700 lbs., $120-$134; 500-600 lbs., $125-$146; 400-500 lbs., $130- $157; and 300-400 lbs., $135- $160.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The Sept. 16 sale saw 60 slaughter and 93 feeder animals move through the yard. D1 and D2 cows brought $60-$72; D3 and D5 cows, $50-$60; and good bulls, $72-$78.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $110-$120; 800-900 lbs., $120-$130; 700-800 lbs., $130-$138; and 600-700 lbs., $140-$150.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $105 to $112; 800-900 lbs., $110-$122; 700-800 lbs., $115-$125; 600-700 lbs., $120-$130; and 500-600 lbs., $125-$138.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 600 cattle sold at the sale held Sept. 16. In the slaughter market, dry fed cows ranged from $59 to $61; good fleshed, $55-$59; lean, $49-$55; age-verified, $52-$68; and good bulls, $70-$80.

Feeder steers weighing over 1,000 lbs. brought $100-$108; 900-1,000 lbs., $110-$122; 800- 900 lbs., $118-$126; 700-800 lbs., $125-$139; 600-700 lbs., $132- $145; 500-600 lbs., $140-$160; 400-500 lbs., $145-$179; and under 400 lbs., $150-$189.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $100 to $113; 800-900 lbs., $110-$118; 700-800 lbs., $115-$128; 600-700 lbs., $120-$125; 500-600 lbs., $125-$135; 400-500 lbs., $130- $140; and under 400 lbs., $140- $160.

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Robin Hill, Heartland Livestock Services, Virden

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