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Sales Expected To Turn Down Towards Christmas

Ca t t l e cont inued to be sold at a steady pace at Manitoba auction marts during the week ending November 26, despite a snowstorm that dropped in the neighbourhood of 15 centimetres in many parts of the province.

Robin Hill, manager of Heartland Livestock Services in Virden, said volume was close to where it’s been about the last couple of weeks, even with the adverse weather conditions.

“There were lots of orders again this week,” Hill said. “There could be some producers who are pretty much finished (selling feeders), but for everyone that’s finishing there could be new producers who are just getting started.”

With the month of November now complete, cattle volumes should be starting to decline fairly soon, ahead of the holiday season.

“We’re kind of down to two more weeks of selling. Numbers should start tapering off between the 10th and 15th (of December),” Hill said. “The 15th will likely be the last day we are going to sell, and that’s if there is any volume. “There is still two more weeks of probably decent volume, but you will see the week before Christmas most guys won’t buy anything at all.”

Hill said the weather did not have a large impact on the price of cattle either.

“With the storm, the heifers were not quite as strong as last week, but they were still pretty close,” he said.

Hill said the feeder market was right where it had been the last couple of weeks, with about 2,100 feeders being sold at the November 24 sale.

One factor the snow has affected is the feed situation for cattle.

“Cows better be getting fed now, with all the snow we’ve gotten,” Hill said. “There is plenty of feed in our area. I’m not saying every area is, but there is in our area (near Virden).”

Meanwhile, cattle producers across Canada got some good news during the week, as it was announced Canadian beef will now have improved access to the European Union (EU) in the form of a 20,000-tonne duty-free quota.

The Canadian government has further steps planned to boost the market with Europe, including increasing the original 20,000 tonnes to 45,000 tonnes in 2012 and a staged addition of a further 3,200 tonnes for a total quota amount of 48,200 tonnes.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

(NoteallpricesinCdn$per cwt.Thesepricesalsogenerally representthetopone-thirdof salesreportedbytheauction yard.)

ASHERN LIVESTOCK MART: An estimated 2,947 head of cattle were sold at the sale held on November 24. Included in the sale were 244 slaughter cattle and 2,703 feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold anywhere from $50-$65, age verified $45-$62; and good bulls $52.50-$70.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000lbs ranged from $97- $110; 800-900lbs $96-$114.25; 700-800lbs $101.50-$121; 600-700lbs $91-$134.75; 500- 600lbs $60-$148; 400-500lbs $70-$155 and 300-400lbs $120- $160.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900lbs brought $90-$105.25; 700-800lbs $94-$106.75; 600- 700lbs $103-$114.25; 500-600lbs $105-$130; 400-500lbs $108- $132.25 and 300-400lbs $110- $134.25.

GLADSTONE AUCTION MART:The November 23 sale saw a total of 1,317 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard.

In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $30-$57 while cows brought $30-$51.

Feeder steers in the 900- 1,000lbs weight category traded from $55-$104; 800-900lbs $54- 107.75; 700-800lbs $85-$107; 600-700lbs $97-$118.50; 500- 600lbs $50-$129.5; 400-500lbs $50-$137.50 and 300-400lbs $100-$138.50

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000lbs $65-$86; 800-900lbs sold from $80-$99. 50; 700-800lbs $85-$106; 600-700lbs $90-$114.50; 500-600lbs $95-$123; 400-500lbs $100-$133 and 300-400lbs $110-$135.

GRUNTHAL LIVESTOCK AUCTION MART:There were 118 slaughter cattle and 684 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on November 24.

In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $48-$53; lean export cows $44-$47; mature cows $40-$46; feeding cows $50-$56; export bulls $57-$62 and mature bulls $50-$56.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900lbs sold from $92-$105; 700-800lbs $95-$106.25; 600-700lbs $104-$115; 500-600lbs $112-$126; 400- 500lbs $118-$135 and under 400lbs $120-$135.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900lbs ranged from $100- $110.50; 700-800lbs $108- $115.50; 600-700lbs $113-$124; 500-600lbs $123-$137.50; 400- 500lbs $135-$152 and under 400lbs $150-$167.

HEARTLAND LIVESTOCK SERVICES, BRANDON:A total of 3,149 cattle were on offer in Brandon at the November 23 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows $42-$49.75; D3 cows $35-$42 and good bulls $55-$57.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000lbs ranged from $105- $112.50; 800-900lbs $105-$114; 700-800lbs $110-$121.75; 600-700lbs $120-$126.25; 500- 600lbs $127-$137; 400-500lbs $130-$149.50 and 300-400lbs $140-$166.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000lbs brought $90-$103.50; 800-900lbs $92-$109; 700- 800lbs $95-$112.75; 600-700lbs $107-$114.75; 500-600lbs $112- $133.50; 400-500lbs $115-$134 and 300-400lbs $123-$137.

HEARTLAND LIVESTOCK SERVICES, VIRDEN:There were about 2,509 cattle sold at the sale held on November 24.

Butcher steers brought $83-$87.25 while butcher heifers sold from $82-$86. Age-verified/ young cows ranged from $47- $51.50; D1-D2 cows $44-$49; D3 cows $40-$44; shelly cows $20-$30 and mature bulls $58- $63.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000lbs brought $97-$107; 800-900lbs $106-$112; 700-800lbs $109- $117; 600-700lbs $111-$127; 500-600lbs $121-$135; 400- 500lbs $133-$152 and 300- 400lbs $140-$158.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000lbs traded from $93-$103; 800-900lbs $99-$106; 700-800lbs $99-$108; 600-700lbs $103-$114; 500-600lbs $110-$123 and 400-500lbs $115-$134.

KILLARNEY AUCTION MART: 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 900lbs sold for $86-$105; 800-900lbs $95.50-$110.50; 700-800lbs $98-$112.75; 600-700lbs $109-$123; 500-600lbs $124-$139; 400-500lbs $134.50-$150 and 300-400lbs $137-$164.

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

STE. ROSE AUCTION MART LTD:A total of 2,529 cattle were sold at the November 25 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $46-$54; D3-D4 cows $32-$45; canners $22-$30 and bulls $55-$67.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900lbs brought $101-$113; 700-800lbs $107-$117.50; 600-700lbs $118-$131; 500-600lbs $125-$140; 400-500lbs $135-$158 and 300- 400lbs $140-$163.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900lbs brought $98-$107.50; 700-800lbs $98-$108.50; 600-700lbs $108-$116.50; 500-600lbs $112-$126; 400-500lbs $120-$134 and 300- 400lbs $115-$143.

TAYLOR AUCTIONS, MELITA, Man.:The sale held on November 25 resulted in 168 slaughter cattle and 700 feeders being sold.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold from $48-$59; D3 and D5 cows $35-$45 and good bulls $58-$64.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000lbs brought $100-$108; 800-900lbs $105-$114; 700-800lbs $110- $118; 600-700lbs $115-$128; 500-600lbs $120-$135; 400-500lbs $135-$145 and 300-400lbs $130-$150.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900lbs traded from $95-$108; 700-800lbs $105- $110; 600-700lbs $108-$117; 500-600lbs $110-$120; 400-500lbs $115-$130 and 300-400lbs $115-$135.

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BRENT HARDER

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