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Sales Volumes Rise On Dry Conditions

Ne a r l y all cattle auction marts in Manitoba were back in business during the week ended Sept. 2, and many saw their largest volumes in quite some time.

A total of 712 animals were sold at the Gladstone Auction Mart at its Aug. 30 sale, its second auction since returning from the summer break. Manager Dave Nickel said they were very pleased with the total, considering only about 200 head were brought to market the previous week.

“This was much more than we expected, because everybody was harvesting and things like that, so we were quite pleasantly surprised to see that amount in here,” Nickel said. “We had a few more consignors who brought their cattle in. Some of them were new, and some brought their animals in earlier than usual, so that helped build up the totals.”

Another factor that brought a large number of animals to market, he said, were the dry pasture conditions, as the Gladstone area has seen little precipitation during the summer. However, a fairly significant thunderstorm hit the area during the evening of Aug. 31, and Nickel said that could improve the conditions of pastures, and ultimately reduce the number of cattle coming to the yard.

“We had a fairly nice rain here last night so that could slow things down a bit,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the southwest corner of the province, Heartland Livestock at Virden saw a whopping 1,731 head sold at its weekly sale.

“It’s the strong prices more than anything,” said a spokesperson from the Virden unit, when asked why so many animals were brought in. “Once producers pencil things out and see they can make a profit, they are going to bring the cattle in to be sold.”

Nickel said he expected to see prices remain strong into the fall, which is likely to augment the volumes as well.

“I think the market is going to continue to look attractive, and that should bring in some cattle,” he said.

Asked how the hay crop ended up turning out in the area, Nickel said, “It was a lot better than what we had anticipated. Feed shouldn’t be an issue when winter comes, at least in this area.”

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

Note:AllpricesinCanadian dollarsperhundredweight (cwt).Thesepricesalsogenerally representthetopone-third ofsalesreportedbythe auctionyard.

Ashern Livestock Mart:An estimated 425 head of cattle were sold at the sale held Aug. 31.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold anywhere from $60 to $66; D3 and D5 cows, $55-$60; age verified, $62-$70; and good bulls, $72- $84.50.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $110-$131.50; 700-800 lbs., $135-$139.75; and 600-700 lbs. , $124- $139.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $108-$118.25; 700-800 lbs., $105-$124.75; and 600-700 lbs., brought $110-$126.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The Aug. 30 sale saw a total of 712 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $75 to $92.50 while cows brought $34-$65.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. category traded from $100 to $119; 800-900 lbs., $105-$132.75; 700-800 lbs., $105-$137.50; 600-700 lbs., $110-$141.75; 500-600 lbs., $120-$153; and 400-500 lbs., $120-$150.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. sold from $80 to $103; 800-900 lbs., $90-$117.25; 700- 800 lbs., $100-$127.50; 600-700 lbs., $110-$132.50; 500-600 lbs., $115-$133.50; and 400-500 lbs., $80-$129.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart:There were 79 slaughter cattle and 37 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on Aug. 30. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $56 to $60.50; lean export cows, $52-$56; mature cows, $60- $67; and export bulls, $70- $75.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 600- 700 lbs. brought $100-$114, while 500-600 lbs. brought $102-$110. Feeder steers weighing 700-800 lbs. ranged from $108 to $115.50, and under 400 lbs. brought $135-$148.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon:A total of 1,542 cattle were on offer in Brandon at the Aug. 30 sale. In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows went for $65-$72; D3 cows, $58-$64; feeder cows, $52-$57; and good bulls, $78- $83.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. ranged from $112 to $121.75; 800-900 lbs., $120-$130; 700-800 lbs., $128- $140.50; 600-700 lbs., $130- $142.75; and 500-600 lbs., $135-$149.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs., brought $105-$114; 800-900 lbs., $110-$120; 700- 800 lbs., $112-$124; 600-700 lbs., $118-$130.25; 500-600 lbs., $120-$133; and 400-500 lbs., $125-$137.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden:There were about 1,731 cattle sold at the sale held Aug. 30. Butcher steers brought $92-$95.50 while butcher heifers sold from $91 to $94.75. Ageverified/ young cows ranged from $63 to $68.50; D1 and D2 cows, $62-$67; D3 cows, $58- $62; shelly cows, $45-$57; and mature bulls, $76-$82.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $117- $125.50; 800-900 lbs., $120- $131; 700-800 lbs., $124-$138; 600-700 lbs., $128-$142; 500- 600 lbs., $130-$147; 400-500 lbs., $132-$150; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$165.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $105 to $116; 800-900 lbs., $111-$120; 700-800 lbs., $116-$129; 600- 700 lbs., $119-$131; 500-600 lbs., $122-$135; and 400-500 lbs., $125-$142.

Killarney Auction Mart: Prices unavailable from Aug. 29 auction. No sale Sept. 5 due to Labour Day.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart:A total of 375 cattle were sold at the Sept. 1 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $60 to $68; D3 and D4 cows, $50-$57; canners, $35-$51; and bulls, $70- $79.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $115-$132; 700-800 lbs., $118-$138; 600- 700 lbs., $120-$143.50; 500- 600 lbs., $125-$147; 400-500 lbs., $150-$168.50; and under 400 lbs., $155-$175.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 700- 800 lbs. brought $110-$127.75; 600-700 lbs., $110-$130.50; 500-600 lbs., $110-$127; 400- 500 lbs., $110-$141; and under 400 lbs., $110-$145.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: Prices unavailable at press time from Sept. 1 sale.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: Prices unavailable at press time from Sept. 2 sale.

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