Sales Slower As Harvest Weather Improves

Ad e c e n t week of weather had an effect on volumes of cattle at Manitoba auction markets during the week ending Sept. 24.

Henry Penner of Grunthal Auction Mart said it had 580 head come through the gates at its sale Sept. 22, over 200 fewer than the previous week.

“We had big bunches the week before. There was some nice weather last week for a change, so guys could finally get some work (harvesting) done at home,” Penner said.

Prices at Grunthal were very similar to those at the Sept. 15 sale, he said.

“Prices were pretty well steady this week, as guys were bidding lower on the cows,” he said. “Fleshy export cows brought up to 60 cents, which is about what they were the week before. Six-hundred- to 700-pound steers were up as high as $1.21 per pound.”

One decline in the market came in mature cows, which Penner said was slightly weaker from the previous week.

There was a strong demand at the sale from buyers, he said, which helped keep the prices at a steady level. Cattle were going a few different directions, he said: “Some cattle went to the U. S., some went to Alberta, and some were staying around here locally.”

As for haying operations, Penner said there has been plenty of grass for producers to cut and bale and the second cut of hay is coming along nicely.

Producers weren’t expecting to see any issues in the way of finding feed for their cattle during the winter months, he added.

The Canadian dollar was stronger during the week ending Sept. 24. The Canadian currency ended the week at US97.66 cents, compared to US96.86 cents one week earlier. The stronger Canadian dollar was a detriment to export demand.

Some analysts reported during the week that the Canadian dollar could reach parity with its U. S. counterpart by the end of 2010.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

Ashern Livestock Mart:An estimated 1,784 head of cattle were sold at the sale held Sept. 22. Included in the sale were 263 slaughter cattle and 1,521 feeders.

In the slaughter market, heiferettes sold for $56.50; older shelly cows, $28 and up; age-verified D1 and D2 cows, $51.25-$59.75; D3 and D5 cows, $42-$50; and good bulls $60- $72.

Feeder steers weighing over 1,000 lbs. ranged from $80 to $96; 900-1,000 lbs., $96.10- $102.75; 800-900 lbs., $102- $108.75; 700-800 lbs., $107- $115; 600-700 lbs., $98-$117.50; and 500-600 lbs., $102-$113.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $85-$96.75; 800-900 lbs., $81-$102.75; 700- 800 lbs., $87-$107.75; 600-700 lbs., $91-$108; 500-600 lbs., $90- $119.75; and 400-500 lbs., $111- $124.75.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The Sept. 21 sale saw a total of 790 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $55 to $66 while cows brought $35-$50, with age verified up to $56.50.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $86 to $104.25; 800-900 lbs., $90-$110; 700-800 lbs., $100-$114; 600-700 lbs., $105- $129.50; 500-600 lbs., $100-$138; 400-500 lbs., $115-$149.25; and 300-400 lbs., $120-$153.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. sold from $83 to $94; 800-900 lbs., $85-$104.25; 700- 800 lbs., $80-$112; 600-700 lbs., $85-$112.50; 500-600 lbs., $90- $118; 400-500 lbs., $98-$124; and 300-400 lbs., $95-$133.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 161 slaughter cattle and 419 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on Sept. 22. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $55 to $60; lean export cows, $52-$55; mature cows, $45-$52; feeding cows, $56-$62.50; export bulls, $71-$75; and mature bulls, $65- $68.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. sold from $92 to $100; 700-800 lbs., $95-$106; 600-700 lbs., $98-$106.50; 500-600 lbs., $102-$111; 400-500 lbs., $105- $117.50; and under 400 lbs., $105-$120.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $100 to $111.25; 700-800 lbs., $105-$114; 600-700 lbs., $110-$121; 500-600 lbs., $115-$127.50; 400-500 lbs., $120-$139; and under 400 lbs., $120-$130.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 1,172 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers sold from $82 to $86.25; A1-A2 heifers, $80- $85; D1-D2 cows, $48-$55.25; D3 cows, $42-$47; feeder cows $35-$42; and good bulls $69- $71.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $95 to $104.75; 800-900 lbs., $98-$112; 700-800 lbs., $105-$114; 600-700 lbs., $110-$124.75; 500-600 lbs., $112-$133; 400-500 lbs., $115- $133.50; and 300-400 lbs., $120- $140.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. sold from $88 to $96; 800-900 lbs., $90-$97.25; 700- 800 lbs., $92-$103.75; 600-700 lbs., $95-$106; 500-600 lbs., $98-$108.50; 400-500 lbs., $100- $115; and 300-400 lbs., $110- $134.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 1,767 cattle sold at the sale held Sept. 22. Butcher steers brought $82- $85.50 while butcher heifers sold from $81 to $84.25. Ageverified/ young cows sold from $53 to $58; D1-D2 cows, $49- $53; D3 cows, $45-$49; shelly cows, $35-$45; and mature bulls, $65-$71.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$104.75; 800-900 lbs., $100-$111.75; 700- 800 lbs., $105-$115.75; 600-700 lbs., $110-$122; 500-600 lbs., $116-$138; 400-500 lbs., $125- $145; and 300-400 lbs., $125- $150.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., traded from $88 to $96.25; 800-900 lbs., $91-$100.50; 700-800 lbs., $96- $105.75; 600-700 lbs., $101-$114; 500-600 lbs., $105-$116.50; and 400-500 lbs., $108-$123.

Killarney Auction Mart:There were 353 cattle sold at the Sept. 23 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows went from $42 to $54.25; D3 and D4 cows, $32- $42; and bulls, $60-$83.50.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. sold for $78 to $98; 800- 900 lbs., $75-$99; 700-800 lbs., $89-$111; 600-700 lbs., $101- $120.50; 500-600 lbs., $109-$128; and 400-500 lbs., $112-$129.

Feeder heifers weighing over 900 lbs. brought $70-$85; 800- 900 lbs., $85.50-$95; 700-800 lbs., $93.50-$103.50 600-700 lbs., $92-$112.50; 500-600 lbs., $102- $123; 400-500 lbs., $102-$122; and 300-400 lbs., $119-$128.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: Pipestone did not hold a sale this week.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 1,008 cattle were sold at the Sept. 23 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $52 to $58; D3-D4 cows, $45-$51; canners, $30- $42; and bulls, $68-$72.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $94-$105; 800-900 lbs., $102-$111.75; 700- 800 lbs., $105-$115.50; 600-700 lbs., $110-$124; 500-600 lbs., $118-$135; and 400-500 lbs., $115-$142.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $90 to $95; 800-900 lbs., $90-$101.50; 700-800 lbs., $98-$104.50; 600- 700 lbs., $100-$110; 500-600 lbs., $100-$112; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$119.

Taylor Auctions, Melita:The sale held Sept. 23 resulted in 180 slaughter cattle and 203 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, heiferettes sold from $65 to $75; D1 and D2 cows, $50-$58; D3 and D5 cows, $45- $50; and good bulls, $68-$72.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$100; 800-900 lbs., $100-$110; 700-800 lbs., $110-$118; 600-700 lbs., $120-$125; 500-600 lbs., $125- $130; 400-500 lbs., $130-$135; and 300-400 lbs., $135-$144.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $90 to $95; 700-800 lbs., $95-$105; 600-700 lbs., $100-$110; 500-600 lbs., $105-$115; 400-500 lbs., $110- $118; and 300-400 lbs., $115- $125.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 1,340 head of cattle sold during the week ending Sept. 24. In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold for $83.50; dry fed cows, $49-$52; good fleshed, $44-$49; lean, $39-$44; young age verified, $48-$58; and good bulls, $62-$72.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $95-$103; 700- 800 lbs., $105-$114.50; 600-700 lbs., $110-$118.75; 500-600 lbs., $120-$127.75; and 400-500 lbs., $130-$144. Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $88 to $97; 800-900 lbs., $90-$102; 700-800 lbs., $95- $107.50; 600-700 lbs., $98- $108.75; and 500-600 lbs., $105- $125.

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