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Premiums Appearing For Age-Verified Cattle

The numb er of cattle being marketed at auction yards in Manitoba continued to climb during the week ended Jan. 22. Continued favourable weather conditions helped facilitate the movement of cattle, with values for the animals generally remaining on the firmer side.

“Prices for feeder cattle continued to hold steady and were generally firmer,” said Buddy Bergner of Ashern Livestock Mart. “Butcher cattle prices also held steady, if not a bit improved from the previous week’s level.”

Strong demand from a variety of outlets helped with the stronger cattle prices, he said.

“There was strong demand from both the East and West Coast packers for the butcher cattle, with some of that interest linked to the stockpiling of animals in anticipation of shortages later down the road,” Bergner speculated. There were also ideas that a few of the packers were replenishing stock they went through during the Christmas and New Year’s break.

He also indicated that there was also strong demand for age-verified cattle for shipment to the U. S.

“The prices for age-verified animals have started to include a premium to cover the cost of the process for producers,” he said, recommending that producers continue to take the extra steps on their cattle to meet this demand.

Bergner said the pickup in marketings was also reflective of the fact that Manitoba cattle producers were getting out of the business while the getting was good.

“We’ve seen a pickup in the amount of herd dispersals by producers who have decided to call it quits,” Bergner said. “They just can’t see enough profit in continuing to raise cattle anymore and have decided to get out of the industry.”

He noted that a better idea on the state of the cattle herd in Canada, and Manitoba, will be known when Statistics Canada releases its cattle inventory report at the end of January.

The price improvement for all types of animals, cows, bulls and feeders could also be tied to the pullback in the value of the Canadian dollar, he said.

The value of the Canadian dollar in the previous week hit a high of US97.73 cents, but had eased down to the US94.5-cent level by Friday’s settlement.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

Ashern Livestock Mart: An estimated 1,904 head of cattle were sold at the sale held Jan. 20. In the slaughter market, heiferettes traded from $60 to $67; older shelly cows, $20 and up; age-verified D1 and D2 cows, $40-$47; D3 and D5 cows, $30-$41; and good bulls, $50-$58.25.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. ranged from $81 to $92; 700-800 lbs., $87-$98.50; 600-700 lbs., $92-$103.75; 500-600 lbs., $97-$113.25; and 400-500 lbs., $98-$119.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. traded at $75-$85.50; 600-700 lbs., $81-$88; 500-600 lbs., $80-$98.25; and 400-500 lbs., $80-$93.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The Jan. 19 sale saw a total of 1,174 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $35 to $49.50 while cows brought $20-$46.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $70 to $86; 800-900 lbs., $70-$95; 700-800 lbs., $80-$102; 600-700 lbs., $85-$107.50; 500-600 lbs., $85-$113.50; 400-500 lbs., $95-$120; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$121.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $50 to $72; 800-900 lbs., $60-$79.50; 700-800 lbs., $60-$80.50; 600-700 lbs., $60-$86.50; 500-600 lbs., $70-$95; 400-500 lbs., $80-$98.50; and 300-400 lbs., $82-$93.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: There were 172 slaughter cattle and 280 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on Jan. 20. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $48 to $50.25; lean export cows, $43-$47; mature cows, $32-$38; feeding cows, $42-$50; export bulls, $53-$57.50; and mature bulls, $45-$50.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs., sold from $70 to $82; 700-800 lbs., $78-$84; 600-700 lbs., $80-$88; 500-600 lbs., $86-$94; 400-500 lbs., $88-$97; and under 400 lbs., $90-$100.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $80 to $87; 700-800 lbs., $85-$91.25; 600-700 lbs., $95-$102.50; 500-600 lbs., $100-$114; 400-500 lbs., $105-$115; and under 400 lbs., $107-$115.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 857 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. U. S. choice heifers sold for up to $72.50; D1-D2 cows, $37-$42, with age verified $42-$48.25; D3 cows, $33-$36; feeder cows, $15-$33; and good bulls; $49-$58.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $82 to $88; 800-900 lbs., $88-$94; 700-800 lbs., $88-$100.75; 600-700 lbs., $92-$103.75; 500-600 lbs., $105-$120.50; 400-500 lbs., $110-$124.75; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$124.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $75 to $83.50; 800-900 lbs., $78-$84.25; 700-800 lbs., $80-$89.50; 600-700 lbs., $84-$93; 500-600 lbs., $88-$96; 400-500 lbs., $88-$93; and 300-400 lbs., $90-$97.50.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were about 2,730 cattle sold at the sale held Jan. 20. Butcher steers brought $71-$75, while butcher heifers sold from $70 to $74. Age-verified/young cows sold from $41 to $48; D1-D2 cows, $34-$40; D3 cows, $30-$34; shelly cows, $25-$30; and mature bulls, $50-$57.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $85-$92.75; 800-900 lbs., $88-$94.75; 700-800 lbs., $91-$101; 600-700 lbs., $94-$106; 500-600 lbs., $99-$115; 400-500 lbs., $110-$124; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$125.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $74 to $83; 800-900 lbs., $78-$85; 700-800 lbs., $81-$89; 600-700 lbs., $83-$93; 500-600 lbs., $86-$97; and 400-500 lbs., $89-$100.

Killarney Auction Mart: There were 750 cattle sold at the Jan. 21 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows went from $38 to $43; D3 and D4 cows, $25-$29; and bulls, $50-$57.25.

Feeder steers weighing 700-850 lbs. sold from $90 to $95, plain to medium $75-$77; 500-700 lbs., $107-$114, plain to medium $87-$95; and under 500 lbs., $118-$121, plain to medium $107-$109.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-850 lbs. brought $80-$87, plain to medium $70-$75; 500-700 lbs., $86-$90, plain to medium $74-$76; and under 500 lbs., $86-$91, plain to medium $76-$80.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: There were 571 cattle sold at the sale held Jan. 18. Included in the sale were 145 slaughter animals and 426 feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 cows sold from $36 to $44, age verified up to $48.50; D2 cows, $26-$31; D3 cows, $15-$22; and bulls, $50-$57.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. fetched $82-$94; 700-800 lbs., $87-$100; 600-700 lbs., $92-$106; 500-600 lbs., $96-$114; 400-500 lbs., $110-$122; and 300-400 lbs., $118-$127.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. went for $70-$86; 700-800 lbs., $74-$89; 600-700 lbs., $75-$91; 500-600 lbs., $78-$96; and 400-500 lbs., $82-$98.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 1,305 cattle were sold at the Jan. 21 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $32 to $39; D3-D4 cows, $22-$31; and bulls, $50-$60.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $81 to $88; 800-900 lbs., $86-$94; 700-800 lbs., $90-$100; 600-700 lbs., $95-$108; 500-600 lbs., $100-$119; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$125.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs., $75-$83; 700-800 lbs., $77-$87; 600-700 lbs., $80-$89; 500-600 lbs., $88-$95; and 400-500 lbs., $88-$99.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held Jan. 21 resulted in 150 slaughter cattle and 375 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. brought $71-$75; A1-A2 heifers over 850 lbs., $68-$74; D1-D2 cows, $37-$46.50; D3 and D5 cows, $30-$36; age-verified cows, up to $49; and good bulls, $54-$58.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $81-$93.75; 800-900 lbs., $86-$97.50; 700-800 lbs., $92-$102.50; 600-700 lbs., $94-$109.50; 500-600 lbs., $96-$112; 400-500 lbs., $104-$118; and 300-400 lbs., $107-$121.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. traded from $78 to $87.50; 600-700 lbs., $80-$89.75; 500-600 lbs., $84-$94.50; 400-500 lbs., $88-$96.50; and 300-400 lbs., $90-$100.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 925 head of cattle sold during the week ending Jan. 22. In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold from $70 to $73; dry fed cows, $33-$40; good fleshed, $29-$35; lean, $25-$30; young age verified, $38-$49.25; and good bulls, $46-$56.

Feeder steers weighing over 1,000 lbs. brought $80-$86.75; 900-1,000 lbs., $83-$89; 800-900 lbs., $85-$91.75; 700-800 lbs., $89-$95.50; 600-700 lbs., $92-$110; 500-600 lbs., $100-$111; 400-500 lbs., $105-$118; and under 400 lbs., $110-$120.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. traded from $80 to $87; 600-700 lbs., $84-$92; 500-600 lbs., $87-$101; 400-500 lbs., $90-$102.50; and under 400 lbs., $90-$97.

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