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Marketings Rebound As Weather Improves

As l i g h t improvement in weather conditions allowed for some aggressive marketings of cattle at Manitoba’s auction markets during the week ended April 3. Values were generally steady with the previous week’s prices, with demand for grass-weight cattle extremely strong.

Some of the cattle marketed in the province were holdovers from the preceding week, when heavy snow and icy road conditions prevented trucks from loading cattle at farmyards and negotiating the highways.

“There were some areas of the province that still had some weather issues to deal with this week, which may have slowed up cattle movement somewhat at some locations, but overall I would say most yards saw some pretty good numbers,” said Jim MacArthur, manager of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden.

Movement of cattle in Manitoba is expected to remain pretty heavy over the next two to three weeks, but then, producers were likely to begin scaling back sales with most having caught up on their marketings, MacArthur said.

Prices for most cattle held steady with the previous week with lightweight grass animals continuing to see stronger values than others, said Buddy Bergner of Ashern Livestock Mart.

MacArthur noted the values for heavier cattle, however, were on the downside.

Buyers from both Eastern and Western Canada continued to be aggressive in picking up animals from Manitoba, with interest from U. S. outlets also remaining strong, both Bergner and MacArthur said.

“Outlets from the East continue to be some of the best buyers as there remains a concerted effort to restock depleted lots,” Bergner said.

Customers in the West have also remained steady buyers with a cheap feed supply there helping stimulate the demand, he said. “The price of feed is down quite a bit, especially barley, and that is all helping… There is also a lot of cheap oats and fairly cheap wheat.”

Normally at this time of year, supplies of feed would be tightening. “However, that does not appear to be the case,” he said.

Bergner’s auct ion yard had been getting a lot of calls about hay for sale and feed also appears to be available at a reasonable price if producers are short, he said.

MacArthur agreed that while supplies of feed grains are pretty available, some producers in certain areas have begun to worry about running low on hay.

Depending on the location, hay values were running anywhere from 2.5 to as much as seven cents a pound in Manitoba, based on a quick survey of cattle and industry officials.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

Ashern Livestock Mart: An estimated 2,469 head of cattle were sold at the sale held on April 1. In the slaughter market, heiferettes sold for $69-$74.50 and older shelly cows sold from $15 up while D1 and D2 cows traded from $50 to $65. D3 and D5 cows brought $42-$48. Good bulls sold from $50 to $75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $89 to $94; 800-900 lbs., $83-$103; 700-800 lbs., $90-$110; 600-700 lbs., $100-$118.50; 500-600 lbs., $99-$126.75; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$128. Feeder heifers, 800-900 lbs., traded $80-$98.50; 700-800 lbs., $87-$101.50; 600-700 lbs., $85-$108.50; 500-600 lbs., $85-$110 and 400-500 lbs., $90-$111.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The March 31 sale saw a total of 1,264 head of cattle sold. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $45 to $60 while cows brought $15-$50, with age verified up to $60.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $75 to $96; 800-900 lbs., $83-$103; 700-800 lbs., $80-$114; 600-700 lbs., $85-$123; 500-600 lbs., $90-$129.50; 400-500 lbs., $80-$129; and 300-400 lbs., $85-$114.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $70 to $93; 800-900 lbs., $70-$97; 700-800 lbs., $76-$103.50; 600-700 lbs., $75-$110; 500-600 lbs., $80-$113; 400-500 lbs., $80-$116; and 300-400 lbs., $80-$108.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: There were 102 slaughter cattle and 666 feeders sold on April 1. In the slaughter market, average dry fed cows brought $53-$58, while mature good-fleshed cows traded from $42 to $47.50. Lean cows sold from $20 to $24 while average bulls brought $54-$61 and mature bulls, $42-$47.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $69-$94.50; 700-800 lbs., $84-$101; 600-700 lbs., $91-$110; 500-600 lbs., $94-$120; and 400-500 lbs., $97-$121. Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., sold from $75 to $92.25; 800-900 lbs., $85-$100.50; 700-800 lbs., $89-$108.50; 600-700 lbs., $93-$120; 500-600 lbs., $98-$131; and 400-500 lbs., $98-$133.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: There were 601 cattle sold at the sale held March 30. Included in the sale were 68 slaughter animals and 533 feeders.

In the slaughter market A1 and A2 heifers saw $82-$84.25, D1 cows brought $52-$56.25, D2 cows brought $46-$51, D3 cows brought $28-$36 and bulls traded from $65 to $73.75.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. fetched $85-$90; 800-900 lbs., $87-$98.75; 700-800 lbs., $95-$108.75; 600-700 lbs., $100-$118.75; 500-600 lbs., $105-$122; 400-500 lbs., $105-$128.50; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$121.

Feeder heifers weighing over 900 lbs. traded $74-$85; 800-900 lbs., $80-$88.75; 700-800 lbs., $88-$103.50; 600-700 lbs., $88-$107; 500-600 lbs., $90-$109; 400-500 lbs., $90-$113 and 300-400 lbs., $97-$108.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 1,514 cattle sold at the April 1 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $47-$59.50, D3 cows brought $35-$45 and bulls sold from $50 to $72.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $90-$94; 800-900 lbs., $93-$107; 700-800 lbs., $95-$110.50; 600-700 lbs., $108-$121; and 500-600 lbs., $110-$130. Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $88-$98; 700-800 lbs., $90-$101; 600-700 lbs., $100-$108; 500-600 lbs., $105-$115; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$118.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 1,535 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. In the slaughter market butcher steers ranged from $84 to $87 and butcher heifers, $84-$87.25. D1-D2 cows sold from $48-$57.50; D3 cows, $35-$48; and mature bulls, $70-$75.75.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $98 to $103.25; 700-800 lbs., $100-$110.50; 600-700 lbs., $110-$122; 500-600 lbs., $112-$125; 400-500 lbs., $115-$126.50; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$128. Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $85-$93.75; 800-900 lbs., $88-$99.75; 700-800 lbs., $90-$104; 600-700 lbs., $95-$109.25; 500-600 lbs., $100-$113.50 and 400-500 lbs., $100-$115.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were about 1,748 cattle sold at the sale held April 1. Slaughter cows traded from $35.50 to $61.75; slaughter bulls brought $73-$75.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $85-$93.75; 800-900 lbs., $95-$102; 700-800 lbs., $101-$109.25; 600-700 lbs., $113-$126; 500-600 lbs., $115-$128.75; 400-500 lbs., $116-$127; and 300-400 lbs., $117-$124. Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., traded from $79 to $98.25; 800-900 lbs., $88-$97.25; 700-800 lbs., $91-$102; 600-700 lbs., $99-$109; 500-600 lbs., $101-$122; 400-500 lbs., $103-$114 and 300-400 lbs., $102-$111.50.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held April 2 resulted in 115 slaughter cattle and 600 feeders sold. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. traded at $82-$88; A1-A2 heifers over 850 lbs., $80-$87.75; D1 and D2 cows, $45-$60; D3 and D5 cows, $34-$43; and good bulls, $68-$77.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category ranged from $88 to $107.50; 800-900 lbs., $95-$112; 700-800 lbs., $99-$118.50; 600-700 lbs., $105-$124; 500-600 lbs., $107-$124.50; 400-500 lbs., $112-$128.50; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$130. Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. fetched $80-$97.75; 700-800 lbs., $85-$102; 600-700 lbs., $90-$107; 500-600 lbs., $94-$109; 400-500 lbs., $97-$112; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$113.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were 2,435 cattle sold at the two sales held during the week ended April 3. Of the animals sold, 200 were for slaughter; the rest were feeders.

In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold at $83-$86; select steers and heifers sold at $78-$83. Dry fed cows brought $44-54; good-fleshed $39-$48; lean $30-$42; young age verified $50-$68 and good bulls $58-$74.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., brought $88-$96.50; 800-900 lbs., $90-$104.50; 700-800 lbs., $99-$110.50; 600-700 lbs., $102-$118; 500-600 lbs., $105-$132 and 400-500 lbs., $110-$128. Heifers weighing 800-900 lbs., ranged from $85-$96; 700-800 lbs., $88-$101; 600-700 lbs., $95-$104; 500-600 lbs., $98-$116; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$120.

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