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Producers Make Room For New Calves

Prices for most types of cattle at the various auction marts in Manitoba generally managed to hold steady, if not improve at some locations during the week ended March 18. The marketings hitting the auction yards were large, but demand was equal to the task.

Cattle weighing under 750 pounds continued to be in strong demand with values for those animals responding appropriately, said Rick Wright, an order buyer with Heartland Order Buying Co.

Demand for cattle weighing over 750 pounds that were destined for confinement lots also resulted in strong values for the animals, he said. “Prices for these heavier cattle should have been lower, and while they did see a small decline, they generally held together at pretty good levels.”

A lot of individuals were of the opinion that the cattle market was overbought and that a downward correction in value was needed, he said. “So there had been the expectation that finished cattle prices would decline, so it wasn’t necessarily a surprise when it happened.”

As for the large numbers hitting the auction yards in the province, Wright noted producers were marketing animals due to the favourable weather conditions and in order to make room for the calving season just getting underway. The need to move cattle ahead of the implementation of municipal road restrictions was also a factor in the scale of marketings.

“Once calving is underway and the road restrictions are in place, there is likely to be a drop-off in cattle making their way to the auction yards,” he said.

As for the prospect of flooding in Manitoba, Wright said cattle producers are aware of the areas which traditionally have water issues, and have taken the appropriate steps to deal with their herds.

The cow market in Manitoba was again very aggressive, he noted, with prices rising for the second week in a row.

The reduction in Canada’s cow numbers is having an upward impact on prices, and that’s shown in the strength of ground beef prices on both sides of the Canada/U. S. border, Wright said.

Cow numbers in other parts of the world have also tightened, helping to generate the upswing movement on prices, he said.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

Note:AllpricesinCanadian dollarsperhundredweight.These pricesalsogenerallyrepresentthe topone-thirdofsalesreportedby theauctionyard.

Ashern Livestock Mart:An estimated 1,800 head of cattle were sold at the sale held March 16. Included in the sale were 400 slaughter cattle and 1,400 feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold from $60 to $68; D3 and D4 cows from $55 to $65; age verified, $68-$74; and good bulls, $60-$91. Heiferettes traded at $68-$84.50.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $100 to $123.50; 700-800 lbs., from $115 to $135.80; 600-700 lbs., $125-$149.50; and 500-600 lbs., $130-$162.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 700- 800 lbs. traded from $107 to $125.50; 600-700 lbs., $105- $134.50; and 500-600 lbs., $121- $138.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The March 15 sale saw a total of 971 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market bulls sold from $70 to $78 while cows brought $50-$72.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. category traded from $90 to $112.50; 800-900 lbs., $99- $120; 700-800 lbs., $109.50-$130; 600-700 lbs., $125-$145; 500-600 lbs., $135-$157; 400-500 lbs., $140-$171.50; and 300-400 lbs., $162-$172.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $80 to $102; 800-900 lbs., $93.50-$110; 700-800 lbs., $99.50-$122.25; 600-700 lbs., $110-$131; 500-600 lbs., $115-$138; 400-500 lbs., $125-$144.50; and 300-400 lbs., $139.50-$145.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 102 slaughter cattle and 561 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard March 16. In the slaughter market, lean export cows fetched $53-$63; fleshy export cows, $55-$66; mature cows, $48-$56; and export bulls, $70-$81.75.

Feeder heifers weighing 700- 800 lbs. traded from $100 to $121.75; 600-700 lbs., $105-$127; 500-600 lbs., $110-$145; and 400- 500 lbs., $110-$153.25.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. fetched $90-$122; 700-800 lbs., $113-$129.50; 600-700 lbs., $115-$144.75; 500-600 lbs., $130- $167.50; 400-500 lbs., $140-$172; and under 400 lbs., $145-$160.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 2,679 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week ended March 17. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers brought $95-$98.25; A1-A2 heifers, $92-$98.75; D1-D2 cows, $63- $71.50; D3 cows, $55-$62; feeder cows, $40-$55; and good bulls, $80-$87.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. ranged from $105 to $116.50; 800-900 lbs., $112-$125; 700-800 lbs., $120-$136.25; 600- 700 lbs., $132-$147; 500-600 lbs., $140-$164; 400-500 lbs., $135- $170; and 300-400 lbs., $160- $172.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $90-$105; 800-900 lbs., $110-$118.25; 700-800 lbs., $115-$123.50; 600-700 lbs., $110-$135; 500-600 lbs., $122-$144; 400-500 lbs., $132-$152.50; and 300-400 lbs., $135-$152.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 2,665 cattle sold at the sale held March 16. Butcher steers brought $92-$96.25 while butcher heifers sold from $91 to $95. Age-verified/young cows ranged from $65 to $72; D1 and D2 cows, $63-$69; D3 cows, $57-$62; shelly cows, $40-$55; and mature bulls, $80-$90.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $107-$116; 800-900 lbs., $112-$123.75; 700- 800 lbs., $119-$133; 600-700 lbs., $130-$153; 500-600 lbs., $140- $159; 400-500 lbs., $148-$168; and 300-400 lbs., $150-$175.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $97 to $109; 800-900 lbs., $106-$115; 700-800 lbs., $111-$122.50; 600-700 lbs., $117-$130; 500-600 lbs., $123- $139; 400-500 lbs., $130-$145; and 300-400 lbs., $130-$151.

Killarney Auction Mart:There were 384 cattle sold at the March 17 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $68 to $74.50; D3 and D4 cows, $45-$67; age-verified heiferettes, $89-$97.50; and slaughter bulls, $74.50-$84.50.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. sold for $102-$113; 800-900 lbs., $108.50-$115; 700- 800 lbs., $118-$127.50; 600-700 lbs., $129.50-$146.50; 500-600 lbs., $135-$149; 400-500 lbs., $142-$156; and 300-400 lbs., $145-$161.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $105.50-$114; 700-800 lbs., $111-$116; 600-700 lbs., $116.50-$128.50; 500-600 lbs., $126-$137; 400-500 lbs., $129-$144; and 300-400 lbs., $133-$146.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 1,685 cattle were sold at the March 17 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $63 to $72; D3 and D4 cows, $54-$60; canners, $40-$52; and slaughter bulls, $82-$87.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. fetched $103-$113; 800-900 lbs., $112-$125.50; 700- 800 lbs., $122-$133.50; 600-700 lbs., $130-$150; 500-600 lbs., $144-$168; and 400-500 lbs., $150-$176.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $105-$121.50; 700-800 lbs., $110- $127; 600-700 lbs., $120-$132; 500-600 lbs., $126-$151; 400-500 lbs., $130-$153; and 300-400 lbs., $125-$143.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The sale held March 17 resulted in 100 slaughter cattle and 1,186 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. sold from $95 to $100; A1-A2 heifers, over 850 lbs., $94-$97.50; D1 and D2 cows, $65-$75; D3 and D5 cows, $55-$65; and good bulls, $82-$88.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$118; 800- 900 lbs., $115-$125; 700-800 lbs., $124-$135; 600-700 lbs., $135- $145; 500-600 lbs., $145-$158; 400-500 lbs., $150-$163; and 300- 400 lbs., $155-$168.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $105 to $115; 700-800 lbs., $110-$120; 600-700 lbs., $115-$130; 500- 600 lbs., $125-$135; 400-500 lbs., $130-$145; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$150.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were a total of 1,236 head of cattle sold at the auction held on March 18, of which 180 were for the slaughter sector and 1,056 feeders. In the slaughter market, dry fed cows brought $61-$64; good fleshed cows, $57-$61; lean cows, $50-$57; young age verified, $54-$69.50; and good bulls, $78-$87.50.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. sold from $115 to $123; 700-800 lbs., $122-$136.50; 600- 700 lbs., $132-$150; 500-600 lbs., $140-$161; 400-500 lbs., $140- $162; and under 400 lbs., $140- $162.

Feeder heifers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. category brought $94- $102.50; 800-900 lbs., $100-$115; 700-800 lbs., $110-$127; 600-700 lbs., $120-$136; 500-600 lbs., $125-$140; and 400-500 lbs., $130-$145.

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