Snow Brings In Remaining Cattle From Pasture

Ca t t l e market s in Manitoba saw relat i vely steady numbers and prices during the week ended Nov. 19, as demand remains solid for the animals moving through the auction yards in the province. As feedlots fill up, that demand could start to subside, but the number of cattle on offer should also be expected to decline heading into the tail end of the fall run.

“The markets over the past four weeks have been fairly steady,” Dave Nickel of Gladstone Auction Mart said, adding that the top-end calves in particular were finding some strong demand.

Movement of feeder cattle down to the U.S. remains virtually non-existent given the current strong Canadian dollar and relatively cheaper cost of feeding in Canada compared to the U.S. As a result, most Manitoba feeder cattle continue to move to feedlots in either Alberta or Ontario. “They’re going both directions,” Nickel said.

The strong demand will keep the market well supported for at least the next few weeks, he said.

He expected the numbers at the sales will soon decline, as there are just fewer cattle out there in the country to move, due to the steady decline in herd sizes.

Snow finally hit all parts of the province during the week, which should bring in the last of animals still out on pasture. Feed for the animals coming in should be sufficient through the winter, although Nickel noted there are some areas of tightness in the province.

“Some guys don’t have enough, but somebody else has lots, so overall the (feed) supply will be all right,” he said.

On the slaughter side, the prices fluctuate greatly in relation to the Canadian dollar, said Nickel. The currency did weaken relative to its U.S. counterpart during the week, which should have resulted in firmer slaughter cattle prices. However, values for the butcher animals also traditionally start to soften around this time of year, and the conflicting forces kept things relatively steady overall.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

AshernLivestockMart:An estimated 2,850 head of cattle were sold at the sale held on Nov. 17. Included in the sale were 250 slaughter cattle and 2,600 feeders.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows sold anywhere from $40 to $48, with age-verified animals bringing up to $55; D3 and D5 cows, $35-$42; and good bulls, $50-$71.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. ranged from $93 to $111; 700-800 lbs., $105-$116; 600-700 lbs., $108-$132; 500- 600 lbs., $120-$142; 400-500 lbs., $130-$154; and 300-400 lbs., $147-$157.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $90-$105; 700-800 lbs., $90-$107; 600- 700 lbs., $95-$120; 500-600 lbs., $100-$127; 400-500 lbs., $105-$127; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$139.

GladstoneAuctionMart: The Nov. 16 sale saw a total of 1,410 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $50 to $59 while cows brought $25- $57.75.

Feeder steers in the 900- to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $80 to $105.25; 800-900 lbs., $80-$113.50; 700- 800 lbs., $96-$114.75; 600-700 lbs., $95-$132.25; 500-600 lbs., $100-$146; 400-500 lbs., $120- $161; and 300-400 lbs., $120- $164.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. sold from $80 to $93; 800-900 lbs., $80-$108; 700- 800 lbs., $80-$108.25; 600-700 lbs., $80-$114.50; 500-600 lbs., $85-$126.50; 400-500 lbs., $90- $136; and 300-400 lbs., $115- $140.

GrunthalLivestockAuction Mart:There were 165 slaughter cattle and 761 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard Nov. 17. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $47 to $53.25; lean export cows, $44- $47; mature cows, $37-$42; feeding cows, $48-$55; export bulls, $57-$62; and mature bulls, $53-$58.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $90 to $104.50; 700-800 lbs., $95-$104; 600-700 lbs., $100-$112.50; 500-600 lbs., $112-$133; 400- 500 lbs., $124-$136; and under 400 lbs., $125-$136.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. ranged from $100 to $110.50; 700-800 lbs., $105- $113; 600-700 lbs., $113-$130; 500-600 lbs., $130-$141; 400- 500 lbs., $140-$154; and under 400 lbs., $155-$168.

HeartlandLivestockServices, Brandon:A total of 1,588 cattle were on offer at Brandon Nov. 16. In the slaughter market, D1-D2 cows brought $46-$51; D3 cows, $40-$45; and mature bulls, $55-$67.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $100 to $111; 800-900 lbs., $105- $115.50; 700-800 lbs., $110- $117.50; 600-700 lbs., $115- $126.50; 500-600 lbs., $125- $144.50; 400-500 lbs., $130- $155; and 300-400 lbs., $140- $170.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs., brought $92-$103; 800-900 lbs., $92-$105.75; 700- 800 lbs., $90-$108; 600-700 lbs., $105-$115; 500-600 lbs., $110-$127; 400-500 lbs., $115- $136; and 300-400 lbs., $122- $145.

HeartlandLivestockServices, Virden:Prices for Wednesday’s sale were unavailable.

KillarneyAuctionMart: There were 1,250 cattle sold at the Nov. 18 sale. In the slaughter market , D1 and D2 cows ranged from $48 to $57.50; D3 and D4 cows, $35- $47.50; and slaughter bulls, $56.25-$60.75.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. sold for $78 to $103; 800-900 lbs., $87-$111; 700-800 lbs., $94-$112.50; 600-700 lbs., $111-$122.50; 500-600 lbs., $120-$139.50; 400-500 lbs., $134-$154.50; and 300-400 lbs., $135-$169.

Feeder heifers weighing over 900 lbs. brought $82-$102.50; 800-900 lbs., $89-$104.50; 700- 800 lbs., $94-$105; 600-700 lbs., $98-$109.25; 500-600 lbs., $105-$117.50; 400-500 lbs., $115-$145.50; 300-400 lbs., $118-$138.50; and 200-300 lbs., $95-$120.

Ste.RoseAuctionMart:A total of 2,610 cattle were sold at the Nov. 18 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $40 to $47; D3-D4 cows, $32-$41; canners, $25- $32; and slaughter bulls, $55- $63.

Feeder steers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $101-$114; 700-800 lbs., $107-$115; 600- 700 lbs., $118-$130; 500-600 lbs., $125-$141; 400-500 lbs., $135-$150; and 300-400 lbs., $140-$167.

Feeder heifers weighing 700- 800 lbs. brought $98-$108; 600- 700 lbs., $108-$115; 500-600 lbs., $112-$126; 400-500 lbs., $120-$134; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$140.

TaylorAuctions,Melita:The sale held Nov. 18 resulted in 200 slaughter cattle and 1,277 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers sold from $84 to $88; A1 and A2 heifers, $82-$85; D1-D2 cows, $40-$50; D3 and D5 cows, $30-$40; and good bulls, $60-$65.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $95-$105; 800-900 lbs., $105-$112; 700- 800 lbs., $110-$118; 600-700 lbs., $115-$125; 500-600 lbs., $120-$135; 400-500 lbs., $130- $155; and 300-400 lbs., $140- $165.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $95 to $100; 700-800 lbs., $100-$105; 600-700 lbs., $100-$110; 500- 600 lbs., $105-$115; 400-500 lbs., $115-$125; and 300-400 lbs., $120-$135.

WinnipegLivestockSales: There were no numbers available from the week’s sale.

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Someguysdon’t haveenough(feed), butsomebody elsehaslots.”

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