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Manitoba’s Yearlings Are Alberta Bound

Ca t t l e mov ing through Manitoba s auction yards continued to see strong demand and prices during the week ended Sept. 9, although the start of the fall run is still a few weeks away.

Yearlings accounted for most of the animals moving through the Manitoba auction yards during the week, with prices looking strong compared to other years, said cattle buyer Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying. The primary demand was coming from Alberta, where feed costs are much cheaper compared to Manitoba s.

Barley prices out there are cheaper than they are in Manitoba, which means there will be very few cattle finished in the province this year, said Wright.

We just didn t get the acres planted, and what did get planted was late, he said, explaining the relative tightness of barley supplies in Manitoba.

We ll probably see the backgrounding business in Manitoba continue at the same level as last year, but the finishing business will likely be down, he said, noting a number of local finishing operations he had spoken with were looking at moving their cattle out west to finish.

For calves, the market was said to be very aggressive, as numbers are still on the small side. Most of the guys were late getting into pasture, and the cattle aren t yet weighing what they hoped they would weigh, said Wright. While pasture conditions are on the dry side, there are still some pretty good gains happening out there, said Wright.

Producers are also taking advantage of the good weather to try and get some hay cut and work on harvest operations, so there is not a real panic to bring their animals to market, said Wright. We re probably about two weeks behind where we would normally be as far as calf movement goes, he said.

The lack of calves coming to market was making it hard to put loads together, accounting for the strength in the animals that were moving. Those that have managed to hold on through all the ups and downs of the marketplace will be well rewarded for good quality this year, Wright said.

In the slaughter market, cull cows are holding fairly steady, with good demand from the U.S. providing support, he said.

For finished cattle, the market was a little softer. The current finished cattle price doesn t support what these guys are paying for the feeder cattle so they are pretty optimistic, Wright said. The cost of gain will either need to come down, or the finished price will need to come up to support what these yearlings are bringing now.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

Note:AllpricesinCanadian dollarsperhundredweight(cwt). Thesepricesalsogenerallyrepresent thetopone-thirdofsales reportedbytheauctionyard.

Ashern Livestock Mart:An estimated 723 cattle were sold at the sale held Sept. 7. 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 800-900 lbs. brought $105-$133; 700-800 lbs., $110-$139; 600-700 lbs., $133- $149; and 500-600 lbs., $140-$155. Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. ranged from $106 to $121; 700-800 lbs., $115-$130; 600-700 lbs., $100-$128; 500-600 lbs., $125-

$132; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$130.

Gladstone Auction Mart:The Sept. 6 sale saw a total of 604 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls ranged from $65 to $73.50 and cows brought $45-$65.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs., ranged from $110 to $121.50; 800-900 lbs., $105- $131.50; 700-800 lbs., $115- $137.50; 600-700 lbs., $119-$150; 500-600 lbs., $124-$150; 400-500 lbs., $115-$182.50; and 300-400 lbs., $145-$189.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $85-$90.50; 800-900 lbs., $85-$90.50; 700- 800 lbs., $90-$129; 600-700 lbs., $110-$134.50; 500-600 lbs., $112- $135.50; 400-500 lbs., $110-$147; and 300-400 lbs., $120-$152.50.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 91 slaughter cattle and 360 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on Sept. 6. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows sold from $54 to $59; lean export cows, $50; mature cows, $47-$55; feeding cows, $60-$66; and export bulls, $70-$74.25.

Feeder steers in the 800-to 900- pound category traded at $110- $125; 700-800 lbs., $120-$135.50; 600-700 lbs., $129-$138; 500-600 lbs., $129-$138; 400-500 lbs., $138- $153; and 300-400 lbs., $145-$159.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. sold from $115 to $127; 600- 700 lbs., $117-$127.50; 500-600 lbs., $120-$129; and 400-500 lbs., $128-$140.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 363 cattle were on offer in Brandon at the Sept. 6 sale. In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows brought $65-$72; D3 cows, $58-$64; shelly cows, $52- $57; and good bulls, $77-$80.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $115 to $120.25; 800-900 lbs., $120- $133.75; 700-800 lbs., $128-$135; 600-700 lbs., $130-$142.50; 500- 600 lbs., $135-$153; and 400-500 lbs., $150-$165.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $105-$115.50; 800-900 lbs., $110-$120.25; 700- 800 lbs., $112-$124; 600-700 lbs., $120-$132.50; 500-600 lbs., $125- $138; and 400-500 lbs., $130- $148.50.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 1,102 cattle sold at the sale held Sept. 7. Butcher steers brought $92-$96 while butcher heifers sold from $91 to $95. Age-verified/young cows ranged from $62 to $67.50; D1-D2 cows, $59-$65; D3 cows, $56-$60; shelly cows, $45-$55; and mature bulls, $75-$80.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $115-$122.75; 800-900 lbs., $121-$131; 700-800 lbs., $126-$139; 600-700 lbs., $130- $143; 500-600 lbs., $134-$152; 400- 500 lbs., $140-$161; and 300-400 lbs., $145-$168.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $107 to $115.50; 800-900 lbs., $111- $119.75; 700-800 lbs., $117-$126; 600-700 lbs., $120-$133; 500-600 lbs., $123-$136; and 400-500 lbs., $128-$148.

Killarney Auction Mart:No sale. Closed for Labour Day.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 734 cattle were sold at the Sept. 8 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $60 to $69; D3-D4 cows, $50-$57; canners, $35-$51; slaughter bulls, $72- $81; and medium bulls, $65-$75.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $112-$124.50; 800-900 lbs., $120-$135; 700-800 lbs., $118-$139.50; 600-700 lbs., $130-$145.50; 500-600 lbs., $140- $161; 400-500 lbs., $150-$170; $300-400 lbs., $155-$165.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs., traded from $105 to $115; 800-900 lbs., $110-$120; 700- 800 lbs., $115-$128.25; 600-700 lbs., $120-$134; 500-600 lbs., $118- $136; 400-500 lbs., $130-$149; and 300-400 lbs., $130-$145.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The Sept. 8 sale saw 70 slaughter and 113 feeder animals move through the yard. D1 and D2 cows brought $58-$72; D3 and D5 cows, $50- $58; and good bulls, $72-$78.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $115-$125; 800-900 lbs., $120-$135; 700-800 lbs., $120-$140; 600-700 lbs., $135- $145; 500-600 lbs., $140-$150; 400- 500 lbs., $145-$155; and 300-400 lbs., $150-$165.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $110 to $120; 700-800 lbs., $120-$132; 600-700 lbs., $125-$135; 500-600 lbs., $130- $140; 400-500 lbs., $135-$145; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$150.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 634 cattle sold at the sale held Sept. 9. In the slaughter market, dry fed cows ranged from $60 to $64; good fleshed, $55-$60; lean, $50-$55; age verified, $52-$65; and good bulls, $70-$77.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $114-$122; 800- 900 lbs., $118-$127; 700-800 lbs., $125-$135; and 600-700 lbs., $138- $145.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $100 to $111.25; 800-900 lbs., $110- $121.75; 700-800 lbs., $115- $128.75; and 600-700 lbs., $120- $130.

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Rick Wright, Heartland Order Buying

We llprobablyseethebackgrounding businessinManitobacontinueatthe samelevelaslastyear,butthefinishing businesswilllikelybedown.

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