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Supplies, Domestic Demand, Prices All Strong

Wi t h ha r-v est operations now virtually complete across Manitoba, auction marts across the province saw large volumes during the final week of October, as the fall calf run brought in big numbers of cattle.

Keith Cleaver, manager of Heartland Livestock in Brandon, said it was a good week to be selling.

“The smoke is just about cleared. That’s just how hot the sale was,” Cleaver said. “The prices were very good. We had about 2,600 animals in here on Tuesday (Oct. 26).”

Not only was there good demand for all weights of calves, but all animals were selling at very strong prices, he said.

“The calves are strong, but the yearlings are also very strong. There aren’t a lot of yearlings left,” he said. “They’re getting farther and farther apart.”

Demand for cattle came from a variety of outlets across many parts of Canada. “A lot of the light calves have been staying local, but there’s been a lot going west, as well as east,” Cleaver said. “There are quite a few going into Ontario, and even some into Quebec.”

The strength of the Canadian dollar has been weakening demand from south of the border, but Cleaver said that’s fairly common for this time of year.

“On the calf end, there aren’t a lot of calves going to the States,” he said. “Typically they haven’t really taken a lot of wet-nosed calves. At least not any big numbers.”

With all of the moisture that most areas of Manitoba received throughout the summer months, there was no shortage of feed for the cattle. Animals for sale all looked very healthy, which contributed to strong prices, Cleaver said. “There was lots of grass, so the calves ate well, and the cows milked well.”

Even with the high number of cattle coming through the gates during the week ending Oct. 29, it’s quite possible there could still be higher numbers to come.

“There’s lots of cattle still on pastures, but with the weather and how it’s changed, they will be emptying out. With the weather turning a little more like winter, there will likely be more numbers starting to show,” Cleaver said.

There also appears to be plenty of feed available for the cattle throughout the province. “For most areas – aside from the Interlake – the feed supply is pretty good. There seems to be lots of hay around this area, that’s for sure,” Cleaver said.

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 1,824 head of cattle were sold at the sale held Oct. 27. Included in the sale were 130 slaughter cattle and 1,694 feeders.

In the slaughter market, older shelly cows sold for $35 and up; D1 and D2 cows, $44-$48, age verified, $48-$56; D3 and D5 cows, $38-$44; and good bulls, $55-$67.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $90 to $105; 800-900 lbs., $100-$114.60; 700-800 lbs., $110-$119.25; 600- 700 lbs., $118-$129.75; 500-600 lbs., $120-$139; and 400-500 lbs., $125-$147.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. brought $98-$109; 700- 800 lbs., $103-$114; 600-700 lbs., $90-$114.50; 500-600 lbs., $99- $118.25; and 400-500 lbs., $95- $123.

GladstoneAuctionMart:The Oct. 26 sale saw a total of 1,191 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $55 to $63.50 while cows brought $24-$54.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $85 to $106; 800-900 lbs., $85-$114.50; 700-800 lbs., $90- $118; 600-700 lbs., $95-$126.50; 500-600 lbs., $100-$138.50; 400- 500 lbs., $100-$156; and 300-400 lbs., $103-$166.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. went for $83-$99; 800- 900 lbs., $80-$105.50; 700-800 lbs., $80-$108.25; 600-700 lbs., $85- $109.50; 500-600 lbs., $90-$117.50; 400-500 lbs., $100-$128; and 300- 400 lbs., $105-$133.

GrunthalLivestockAuction Mart:There were 177 slaughter cattle and 486 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on Oct. 26. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $51-$55; lean export cows, $44-$49; mature cows, $42-$46; feeding cows, $50- $55; export bulls, $57-$60.75; and mature bulls, $50-$55.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. sold from $90 to $99; 700- 800 lbs., $95-$104.50; 600-700 lbs., $100-$108; 500-600 lbs., $105- $115; 400-500 lbs., $114-$123.75; and under 400 lbs., $120-$134.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. ranged from $95 to $107; 700- 800 lbs., $106-$116.50; 600-700 lbs., $113-$120.25; 500-600 lbs., $120-$135.50; 400-500 lbs., $135- $149.50; and under 400 lbs., $140- $156.

HeartlandLivestockServices, Brandon:A total of 2,652 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers sold from $82 to $88.50; A1-A2 heifers, $82-$88; D1-D2, $48-$54; feeder cows, $40- $48; and good bulls, $62-$66.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. ranged from $100 to $107.50; 800-900 lbs., $104-$111; 700-800 lbs., $108-$116.50; 600- 700 lbs., $112-$125; 500-600 lbs., $120-$135.75; 400-500 lbs., $130- $153; and 300-400 lbs., $135-$160.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $88-$92.75; 800-900 lbs., $90-$103; 700-800 lbs., $95-$104; 600-700 lbs., $102- $112; 500-600 lbs., $108-$117; 400-500 lbs., $112-$127; and 300- 400 lbs., $115-$130.

HeartlandLivestockServices, Virden:There were about 2,011 cattle sold at the sale held Oct. 27. Butcher steers brought $84- $87.50 while butcher heifers sold from $82 to $85.75. Age-verified/ young cows ranged from $50 to $55.75; D1-D2 cows, $48-$53; D3 cows, $43-$47; shelly cows, $30- $40; and mature bulls, $61-$66.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs., brought $97-$107; 800- 900 lbs., $102-$113; 700-800 lbs., $107-$116; 600-700 lbs., $112- $120; 500-600 lbs., $118-$132; 400-500 lbs., $125-$145; and 300- 400 lbs., $135-$158.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $90 to $100; 800-900 lbs., $96-$105.50; 700-800 lbs., $97-$105.50; 600-700 lbs., $99-$110.75; 500-600 lbs., $105- $120; and 400-500 lbs., $112-$130.

KillarneyAuctionMart:There were 411 cattle sold at the Oct. 28 sale. In the slaughter market, cows ranged from $40 to $49.50; bulls sold for $63.25.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. sold for $78-$100; 800- 900 lbs., $106.50-$111.50; 700-800 lbs., $107.50-$116.50; 600-700 lbs., $115.50-$121.50; 500-600 lbs., $121-$130; 400-500 lbs., $128- $148.50; and 300-400 lbs., $134- $144.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 700- 800 lbs. brought $99-$104; 600- 700 lbs., $95-$109.75; 500-600 lbs., $98-$112.50; 400-500 lbs., $115- $129; and 300-400 lbs., $112-$121.

Ste.RoseAuctionMart:Atotal of 1,193 cattle were sold at the Oct. 28 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $48 to $57; D3-D4 cows, $40-$47; canners, $30-$42; and bulls, $61- $67.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $100-$106; 800- 900 lbs., $102-$113; 700-800 lbs., $107-$118; 600-700 lbs., $114- $128; 500-600 lbs., $125-$139; 400-500 lbs., $135-$152; and 300- 400 lbs., $140-$156.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs., traded from $95 to $107.50; 700-800 lbs., $98-$108; 600-700 lbs., $105-$115; 500-600 lbs., $110- $121; 400-500 lbs., $112-$136; and 300-400 lbs., $115-$131.

TaylorAuctions,Melita:Thesale held Oct. 28 resulted in 87 slaughter cattle and 474 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. sold from $82 to $86; A1-A2 heifers over 800 lbs., $81-$84.50; D1 and D2 cows, $45-$57; D3 and D5 cows, $38-$46; and good bulls, $58- $65.50.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. brought $98-$107; 800- 900 lbs., $104-$113.50; 700-800 lbs., $110-$125.50; 600-700 lbs., $116- $133; 500-600 lbs., $121-$147.50; 400-500 lbs., $122-$154.75; and 300-400 lbs., $125-$158.

Feeder heifers weighing 800- 900 lbs. traded from $95 to $105; 700-800 lbs., $101-$114; 600-700 lbs., $104-$121; 500-600 lbs., $108-$126; 400-500 lbs., $110- $131.50; and 300-400 lbs., $110- $134.

WinnipegLivestockSales: There were about 920 head of cattle sold during the week ending Oct. 29. In the slaughter market, dry fed cows went for $44-$48; good fleshed, $39-$44; lean, $30-38; young age verified, $38-$52; and good bulls, $52- $64.

Feeder steers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs., brought $88-$95; 800- 900 lbs., $95-$106; 700-800 lbs., $105-$119; 600-700 lbs., $110- $127; 500-600 lbs., $122-$140; 400-500 lbs., $130-$150; and under 400 lbs., $140-$160.

Feeder heifers weighing 900- 1,000 lbs. traded from $85 to $95; 800-900 lbs., $95-$105; 700-800 lbs., $98-$108; 600-700 lbs., $102- $110; 500-600 lbs., $108-$115; 400-500 lbs., $112-$127; and under 400 lbs., $115-$130.

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BRENT HARDER

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