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Snowfall Keeps Cattle At Home

“Everyone’s yards were muddy and it was difficult to get things moving. That’s why we’re having an extra auction June 10, which we normally don’t do.”

Ca t t l e prices at Manitoba auction marts for the week ended May 22 were mainly steady with last week’s values. Continued strong demand for grass-weight cattle and fully steady to higher prices for cows and bulls were reported by a number of auctioneers.

The numbers of cattle offered at many auction yards were lower than normal as snowfall early in the week prevented supply from coming to market.

At Ashern’s auction there was a good turnout from regular order buyers but only 500-plus head of cattle were offered because of the poor weather, said Buddy Bergner of Ashern Auction Mart.

“Everyone’s yards were muddy and it was difficult to get things moving. That’s why we’re having an extra auction June 10, which we normally don’t do,” he said.

Prices in Ashern for most cattle sold were steady to the previous week, but good-quality age-verified cattle heading into the U. S. were four to five cents off in response to the strength of the Canadian dollar, he said.

The surging Canadian currency aside, Bergner said there’s a sense among producers recently that the market is going to be OK.

“There is a bit of optimism now. These prices aren’t bad. Of course the guys would like to see more but they can live with this because they’ve readjusted the way they farm and they’ve become more efficient since BSE forced them to.”

There is a good grass market in the province right now and more cows are being turned out to pasture, he said.

In the Ashern area, pastures are wet but they are coming along slowly, Bergner said. A few consecutive days of heat are needed to green things up and move growth along nicely, he said.

With the exception of eastern Manitoba, according to the province’s crop report May 19, hayfields and pastures were developing slowly on account of the cool, wet weather conditions.

In some areas, slow development was said to be causing concern as feed supplies are tight following the long winter.

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. Due to the Victoria Day holiday, the weekly Pipestone auction did not take place.

Ashern Livestock Mart: An estimated 554 head of cattle were sold at the sale held May 20. In the slaughter market, older shelly cows sold for $20 and up, while D1 and D2 cows traded from $50 to $58.75; D3 and D5 cows brought $40-$50. Good bulls sold from $60 to $71.25.

Feeder steers weighing 700-800 lbs. ranged from $95 to $109; 600-700 lbs., $100-$120; 500-600 lbs., $105-$122.50; and 400-500 lbs., $111-$122. Feeder heifers, 600-700 lbs., traded from $89 to $111.50; 500-600 lbs., $103-$107; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$117.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The May 19 auction saw a total of 451 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $45 to $66 while cows brought $15-$58.75.

Feeder steers in the 800-to 900-lb. weight category traded from $72 to $94; 700-800 lbs., $95-$116.25; 600-700 lbs. , $100-$120.75; 500-600 lbs., $95-$124; 400-500 lbs., $97-$121; and 300-400 lbs., $108-$119.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $66 to $72; 800-900 lbs., $75-$92.25; 700-800 lbs., $82-$101.50; 600-700 lbs., $80-$109.50; 500-600 lbs., $85-$121; 400-500 lbs., $100-$121; and 300-400 lbs., $107-$118.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: There were 122 slaughter cattle and 336 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard May 20. In the slaughter market, age-verified cows brought $57.50-$62.25; mature cows traded from $45.50 to $55.50 and lean cows from $20 to $30. Age-ver ified bulls brought $56.50-$67 and mature bulls, $45-$51.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $63 to $72.50; 800-900 lbs., $72-$87; 700-800 lbs., $85-$97; 600-700 lbs., $89-$109.50; 500-600 lbs., $91-$110; 400-500 lbs., $93-$107; and under 400 lbs., $96-$117.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $84 to $95; 700-800 lbs., $93-$106; 600-700 lbs., $98-$109.50; 500-600 lbs., $103-$116; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$130.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 675 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. A1-A2 steers sold from $82 to $86.75 and A1-A2 heifers for $80-$84. D1-D2 cows fetched $50-$59.50; D3 cows, $38-$49; shelly cows, $20-$37; and good bulls, $68-$73.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. saw $85-$93.75; 800-900 lbs., $92-$106; 700-800 lbs., $102-$113.75; 600-700 lbs., $105-$119.50; 500-600 lbs., $110-$123; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$126.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold for $82-$88; 800-900 lbs., $85-$91; 700-800 lbs., $90-$102.75; 600-700 lbs., $95-$108.50; 500-600 lbs., $98-$111.50; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$113.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were 658 cattle sold at the auction held May 20. Butcher steers brought $82-$86 while butcher heifers sold from $80 to $84.50. Age-verified/young cows sold for $54-$59; D1-D2 cows, $51-$56; D3 cows, $46-$51; shelly cows, $37-$46; and mature bulls, $66-$71.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $87-$94.50; 800-900 lbs., $94-$103.50; 700-800 lbs., $101-$115; 600-700 lbs., $110-$120.75; 500-600 lbs., $114-$127; and 400-500 lbs., $118-$130. Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $83 to $91; 800-900 lbs., $89-$97.50; 700-800 lbs., $94-$104; 600-700 lbs., $100-$111; 500-600 lbs., $103-$115; and 400-500 lbs., $105-$116.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 525 head of cattle were moved at the auction held May 21. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cow prices ranged from $50 to $53, D3 cows brought $30-$42 and bulls sold from $60 to $72.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $90 to $102; 700-800 lbs., $94-$102.50; 600-700 lbs., $105-124; 500-600 lbs., $110-$131; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$130.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $82-$94; 700-800 lbs., $90-$97.50; 600-700 lbs., $90-$100; 500-600 lbs., $90-$103; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$111.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The auction held May 21 saw 70 slaughter cattle and 129 feeders sold. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. traded at $78-$85; A1-A2 heifers over 850 lbs. fetched $75-$85; D1 and D2 cows sold from $48 to $57; D3 and D5 cows, $30-$45; and good bulls, $50-$68.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category ranged from $80 to $89; 800-900 lbs., $85-$95; 700-800 lbs., $85-$100; 600-700 lbs., $90-$110; 500-600 lbs., $100-$115; 400-500 lbs., $105-$120; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$130.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs., fetched $75-$85; 700-800 lbs., $80-$90; 600-700 lbs., $85-$95; 500-600 lbs., $85-$100; 400-500 lbs., $100-$105; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$110.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were 810 head of cattle offered during the week ended May 22. In the slaughter market, dry fed cattle brought $45-$53; good fleshed cattle, from $38 to $46; lean, $30-$40; young age-verified cattle, $48-$58; and good bulls, $62-$71.50.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. fetched $85-$94.25; 700-800 lbs., $95-$105; 600-700 lbs., $95-$120; 500-600 lbs. , $105-$128; and 400-500 lbs., from $105 to $120. Heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. brought from $85 to $91.50; 600-700 lbs., $85-$106; 500-600 lbs., $100-$118; and 400-500 lbs., $98-$116.

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