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Seasonal Factors Loom Over Marketings

There were some pretty good marketings of cattle made at the auction yards in Manitoba during the week ended April 16, but price levels were starting to show signs of backing off.

“I would classify the marketings of cattle at the various yards as pretty good for this time of year,” said Rick Wright, a cattle buyer with Heartland Order Buying Co. He felt the number of cattle being moved to the various auction yards might start to slow as seasonal factors begin to kick in.

Prices for grass cattle under 700 pounds continued to be strong despite the push by the Canadian dollar above parity with the U. S. greenback during the week, Wright said. Much of that strength continued to come from steady demand for those classes of cattle.

Values for butcher cattle barely held steady in view of packer demand starting to back off. “Packers had been pushing their processing cycle to a certain degree… now they are slowing down that pace again, which in turn has reduced the need to have these type of cattle in transit,” Wright said.

Larger cattle weighing over 750 lbs. saw some good demand come forward during the week, which in turn helped to keep a firm floor under those values, he said. There continued to be large discounts for poor quality and fleshy animals.

Wright noted demand for ageverified cattle continued to be steady as well and values equalled that demand.

He also cautioned that with the extreme fluctuations in the value of the Canadian dollar as of late, cattle producers really should have some sort of business plan in place that helps to adjust for the move in the currency.

At the close of business on April 16, the Canadian dollar was trading at US99.54 cents. It had strengthened and settled above the U. S. dollar level on a number of days during the week.

Gene Parks of Pipestone Livestock Sales said producers were unlikely to start putting cattle out to pasture in a significant way for at least another month or so.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

Ashern Livestock Mart: An estimated 2,312 head of cattle were sold at the sale held April 14. In the slaughter market, older shelly cows traded for $20 and up; ageverified D1 and D2 cows, $50-$57; D3 and D5 cows, $40-$50; and good bulls, $60-$73.75.

Feeder steers weighing 700-800 lbs. ranged from $95 to $106; 600-700 lbs., $100-$122; 500-600 lbs., $108-$130 and 400-500 lbs., $110-$131.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $80-$97; 700-800 lbs., $87-$98; 600-700 lbs., $97-$110; 500-600 lbs., $100-$110; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$120.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The April 13 sale saw a total of 1,200 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $55 to $71 while cows brought $30-$54.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $80 to $95.75; 800-900 lbs., $80-$102.25; 700-800 lbs., $85-$110; 600-700 lbs., $85-$119.50; 500-600 lbs., $90-$131; 400-500 lbs., $90-$133; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$136.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $65 to $90; 800-900 lbs., $70-$91.25; 700-800 lbs., $80-$103; 600-700 lbs., $80-$112.75; 500-600 lbs., $80-$113.50; 400-500 lbs., $85-$113; and 300-400 lbs., $90-$110.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: There were 126 slaughter cattle and 688 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on April 14. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $51 to $54.50; lean export cows, $44-$49; mature cows, $40-$48; feeding cows, $48-$58; export bulls $62-$69.75; and mature bulls, $58-$64.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $88 to $95; 700-800 lbs., $90-$97; 600-700 lbs., $96-$107; 500-600 lbs., $102-$114; 400-500 lbs., $105-$115 and under 400 lbs., $105-$115.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs., sold from $90 to $98.50; 700-800 lbs., $95-$106.50; 600-700 lbs., $110-$125; 500-600 lbs., $115-$130; 400-500 lbs., $120-$128; and under 400 lbs., $120-$131.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 2,525 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. A1 and A2 steers traded from $80 to $83; A1 and A2 heifers, $80-$82; D1-D2 cows, $52-$55, age verified, $54-$57.25; D3 cows, $48-$52; and good bulls $67-$72.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $84 to $93.50; 800-900 lbs., $89-$99.25; 700-800 lbs., $75-$111; 600-700 lbs., $110-$120; 500-600 lbs., $110-$120; and 400-500 lbs., $112-$125.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $80 to $89; 700-800 lbs., $86-$97.25; 600-700 lbs., $92-$107; 500-600 lbs., $93-$108; and 400-500 lbs., $95-$112.75.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were about 1,841 cattle sold at the sale held on April 14. Butcher steers brought $82-$86.75 while butcher heifers sold from $81 to $85.75. Age-verified/ young cows sold from $52 to $57.75; D1-D2 cows, $50-$54.50; D3 cows, $47-$50; shelly cows, $42-$47; and mature bulls, $64-$70.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $84-$93; 800-900 lbs., $89-$101.50; 700-800 lbs., $98-$107; 600-700 lbs., $105-$119; 500-600 lbs., $112-$126; 400-500 lbs., $117-$130; and 300-400 lbs., $118-$131.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $74 to $81; 800-900 lbs., $79-$87.75; 700-800 lbs., $84-$97; 600-700 lbs., $91-$106; 500-600 lbs., $95-$109 and 400-500 lbs., $97-$112.

Killarney Auction Mart: There were 300 cattle sold at the April 15 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows went from $46 to $55.25; D3 and D4 cows, $37-$45; and bulls, $59.50-$68.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $78 to $88; 800-900 lbs., $80-$96; 700-800 lbs., $90-$103.50; 600-700 lbs., $93.50-$115; 500-600 lbs., $102-$116; 400-500 lbs., $105-$128; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$127.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $77.50-$80; 800-900 lbs., $65-$82.50; 700-800 lbs., $76-$95; 600-700 lbs., $81-$101; 500-600 lbs., $85-$105; 400-500 lbs., $86-$106; and 300-400 lbs., $96.50.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: There were 466 cattle sold at the sale held April 12. Included in the sale were 66 slaughter animals and 400 feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 cows sold from $48 to $55; D2 cows, $43-$47; D3 cows, $30-$42; and bulls, $58-$69.75.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. fetched $85-$97; 700-800 lbs., $90-$108; 600-700 lbs., $98-$117; 500-600 lbs., $100-$123; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$119.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $75 to $87.50; 700-800 lbs., $78-$90; 600-700 lbs., $80-$97; 500-600 lbs., $84-$98; and 400-500 lbs., $85-$97.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 1,550 cattle were sold at the April 15 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $43-$52; D3-D4 cows, $32-$40; and bulls, $68-$76.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $86 to $97; 800-900 lbs., $90-$101; 700-800 lbs., $98-$110; 600-700 lbs., $110-$120; 500-600 lbs., $110-$126; 400-500 lbs., $115-$130; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$125.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $83-$91.50; 700-800 lbs., $90-$98; 600-700 lbs., $95-$106; 500-600 lbs., $98-$110; 400-500 lbs., $100-$110; and 300-400 lbs., $95-$104.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held April 15 resulted in 143 slaughter cattle and 200 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. brought $78-$84; A1 and A2 heifers over 850 lbs., $75-$82; D1 and D2 cows, $45-$55; D3 and D5 cows, $38-$45; and good bulls, $62-$68.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $85-$95; 800-900 lbs., $90-$106; 700-800 lbs., $100-$112; 600-700 lbs., $105-$116; 500-600 lbs., $105-$120; 400-500 lbs., $110-$125; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$130.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $82 to $88; 700-800 lbs., $90-$98; 600-700 lbs., $90-$100; 500-600 lbs., $95-$105; 400-500 lbs., $100-$108; and 300-400 lbs., $105-$110.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 1,800 head of cattle sold during the week ending April 16. In the slaughter market, dry fed cows sold from $44 to $47; good fleshed, $40-$44; lean, $35-$40; young age verified, $40-$53; and good bulls, $60-$69.60.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $85-$90.75; 800-900 lbs., $90-$101.50; 700-800 lbs., $92-$108; 600-700 lbs., $98-$115; 500-600 lbs., $118-$127.50; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$127.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $69 to $75; 800-900 lbs., $89-$97.50; 700-800 lbs., $90-$97.50; 600-700 lbs., $95-$108.50; 500-600 lbs., $102-$113.50; and 400-500 lbs., $102-$117.

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