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Manitoba Weekly Cattle Report

Mo s t cattle auction marts across Manitoba continued to see steady to higher volumes and steady to higher prices during the week ending Dec. 3.

“It hasn’t really changed in the last couple of weeks,” said Ryan Denhard of the Killarney Auction Mart. “The market and volumes have been very strong.”

Denhard said with the holiday season approaching, numbers will begin to decline a bit, but added things should pick up once again in the new year.

“There’s guys holding off and we are getting deferrals until the new year now, but I think it should pick back up again in January,” he said.

In most instances, when the Canadian dollar rises and the U.S. dollar falls, cattle prices take a bit of a hit. However, Robert Krentz of the Grunthal Auction Mart, said the high loonie has been a key contributor to the strong prices.

“South America can’t push food onto us with our high dollar,” Krentz said. “Our food products inside our country could remain fairly high even though we are in a high dollar.”

Krentz said most of the demand from the Grunthal mart was from Alberta, while in Killarney, most animals were going east.

“They’ve been mostly going to Quebec,” Denhard said. “We’ve had lots of big orders from there.”

Denhard said the cattle coming through the gates looked very healthy, which is likely due in part to the wet, and successful growing season for both grass and hay.

Meanwhile, last week it was announced the European Union (EU) will allow duty-free access of up to 20,000 tonnes of Canadian beef into the European market. Although it is good news, Canadian beef exporters are taking it with a grain of salt.

Christoph Weder of Prairie Heritage Beef in Rycroft, Alberta, said the quota will be split between Canada, the U.S., and Australia. The U.S. gained the same access as Canada in August of 2009, and is expected to export 15,000 tonnes of the quota across the Atlantic.

“If Canada can export up to 3,000 tonnes to Europe in one year, I think that would be a success story. But that will take a lot of hard work,” Weder said.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

AshernLivestockMart:An estimated 3,862 head of cattle were sold at the sale held on December 1. Included in the sale were 231 slaughter cattle and 3,631 feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold anywhere from $42 to $49, age verified $50-$56; and good bulls $60- $74.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. ranged from $110-$115; 700-800 lbs. $113.50-$116.50; 600-700 lbs. $115-$133.25; 500- 600 lbs. $128-$150.50; 400-500 lbs. $134-$147.25 and 300-400 lbs. $119-$145.

Feeder heifers weighing 700- 800 lbs. brought $96.50-$115; 600-700 lbs. $95-$115; 500-600 lbs. $91-$128.75; 400-500 lbs. $105-$137.25 and 300-400 lbs. $115-$130.50.

HolidaySchedule:Lastsale, December 15, 2010; Reopens, January 12, 2011.

GladstoneAuctionMart:The November 30 sale saw a total of 1,195 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard.

In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $48-$69 while cows brought $34-$50. Feeder steers in the 900-1,000 lbs. weight category traded from $80-$99.50; 800-900 lbs. $80- 110; 700-800 lbs. $95-$121.25; 600-700 lbs. $105-$124.75; 500- 600 lbs. $110-$142.75; 400-500 lbs. $120-$155 and 300-400 lbs. $110-$156.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. sold from $84-$94; 800-900 lbs. sold from $78-$105; 700-800 lbs. $75-$106; 600-700 lbs. $90-$113.50; 500-600 lbs. $95-$126; 400-500 lbs. $100- $130.75 and 300-400 lbs. $100- $132.

GrunthalLivestockAuction Mart:There were 112 slaughter cattle and 555 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on December 1.

In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $49- $54.25; lean export cows $44- $49; mature cows $38-$45; feeding cows $52-$56; export bulls $59-$63.75 and mature bulls $55-$58.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. sold from $92-$103; 700-800 lbs. $95-$105; 600-700 lbs. $102-$110; 500-600 lbs. $112-$127; 400-500 lbs. $120- $130.50 and under 400 lbs. $125-$138.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. ranged from $104- $113.25; 700-800 lbs. $108-$115; 600-700 lbs. $115-$125.50; 500- 600 lbs. $125-$134; 400-500 lbs. $134.50-$145.50 and under 400 lbs. $145-$162.

HolidaySchedule:Lastsale, December 15, 2010; Reopens January 4, 2011.

HeartlandLivestockServices, Brandon:A total of 1,446 cattle were on offer in Brandon at the November 30 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows $45-$51.75; D3 cows $35-$45 and good bulls $55-$61.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $100- $110.50; 800-900 lbs. $105-$115; 700-800 lbs. $110-$121.25; 600- 700 lbs. $115-$128.25; 500-600 lbs. $122-$138; 400-500 lbs. $130-$151.50 and 300-400 lbs. $140-$157.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $100-$118; 700-800 lbs. $95-$105.75; 600- 700 lbs. $105-$115; 500-600 lbs. $108-$120; 400-500 lbs. $112- $137.50

HeartlandLivestockServices, Virden:There were about 2,789 cattle sold at the sale held on December 1.

Butcher steers brought $83- $87.25 while butcher heifers sold from $82-$86. Age-verified/ young cows ranged from $47- $53.50; D1-D2 cows $46-$51.50; D3 cows $42-$46; shelly cows $20-$30 and mature bulls $58- $64.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $99-$109; 800-900 lbs. $108-$115; 700- 800 lbs. $109-$122; 600-700 lbs. $114-$129; 500-600 lbs. $123- $139; 400-500 lbs. $133-$155 and 300-400 lbs. $144-$163.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $94-$105; 800-900 lbs. $98-$107; 700-800 lbs. $99-$110; 600-700 lbs. $104- $115; 500-600 lbs. $110-$123 and 400-500 lbs. $118-$139.

KillarneyAuctionMart:There were 1,007 cattle sold at the November 25 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $45.50-$52; D3 and D4 cows $36-$45 and slaughter bulls sold for $50.25-$62.25.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. sold for $86-$105; 800- 900 lbs. $95.50-$110.50; 700-800 lbs. $98-$112.75; 600-700 lbs. $109-$123; 500-600 lbs. $124- $139; 400-500 lbs. $134.50-$150 and 300-400 lbs. $137-$164.

Feeder heifers weighing 900 lbs.+ brought $70-$96; 800-900 lbs. $88-$104.50; 700-800 lbs. $88.50-$104.50; 600-700 lbs. $93-$113.50; 500-600 lbs. $95 $119.50; 400-500 lbs. $134.50- $150; 300-400 lbs. $121-$134 and 200-300 lbs. $123.

Holidayschedule:Lastauction, December 16, 2010; Re-opens January 20, 2011.

Ste.RoseAuctionMartLtd.:A total of 2,285 cattle were sold at the December 2 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $46- $56; D3-D4 cows $32-$45; canners $22-$30 and bulls $55-$67.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $101-$114; 700- 800 lbs. $107-$124; 600-700 lbs. $118-$129; 500-600 lbs. $125- $140; 400-500 lbs. $135-$165 and 300-400 lbs. $140-$165.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $98-$107.50; 700-800 lbs. $98-$109.50; 600- 700 lbs. $108-$116.50; 500-600 lbs. $112-$125; 400-500 lbs. $120-$144 and 300-400 lbs. $115-$142.

TaylorAuctions,Melita: The sale held on December 2 resulted in 200 slaughter cattle and 1,185 feeders being sold.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold from $47-$52; D3 and D5 cows $38-$47 and good bulls $60-$66.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$100; 800-900 lbs. $100-$105; 700- 800 lbs. $110-$116; 600-700 lbs. $120-$128; 500-600 lbs. $130- $140; 400-500 lbs. $138-$145 and 300-400 lbs. $145-$155.

Feeder Heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded From $95-$102; 700-800 lbs. $100-$108; 600- 700 lbs. $105-$114; 500-600 lbs. $110-$120; 400-500 lbs. $115- $125 and 300-400 lbs. $120- $130.

WinnipegLivestockSalesLtd. There were no numbers available from the week’s sale.

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BRENT HARDER

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