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Values Improve For Heifers, Slaughter Cows

“These producers are likely to continue holding those calves until they get the pounds on…”

The numb er of cattle that made their way to auction yards in Manitoba during the week ended Feb. 12 declined from the previous week’s level. Prices for the classes of cattle, however, held steady levels with some improvement evident for certain animal types.

“There were not a lot of cattle moved in the latest week with the numbers not seen picking up until near the end of the month,” said Gene Parks of Pipestone Livestock Sales.

A lot of producers were still holding on to their calves from last year, he noted.

“These producers are likely to continue holding those calves until they get the pounds on and the market improves additionally from where it is currently at,” Parks said. “There have certainly been improvements in the price and there has been weight gain, but not enough to trigger aggressive movement by producers.”

The lack of cattle moving into the system has helped to stimulate some of the price strength.

Values for heifers have definitely improved, he said.

“Before Christmas, heifer values were in the 70s to low 80s and now values for heifers are in the 80s and some in the low 90s, depending on quality,” he said, noting hopefully the improved price structure will continue to hold and continue to improve slightly.

“Values may be lower than what we saw a year ago, but on the other hand they are also a bit better than what had been anticipated.”

Demand for slaughter cattle by packers in both Eastern and Western Canada continued to remain strong. There was also some fairly good interest for good-quality age-verified cows from U. S. outlets in the latest week, Parks said.

Prices for top-quality cows in particular have climbed steadily, given the consistent demand factor, he noted.

“Cows that were bringing 32 to 33 cents are now bringing 41 to 44 cents, and if they are good age-verified cows, prices have climbed into the 50-cent area,” Parks said.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS

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

Ashern Livestock Mart: An estimated 1,420 head of cattle were sold at the sale held on Feb. 10. In the slaughter market, age-verified D1 and D2 cows traded from $46 to $53.50; D3 and D5 cows, $40-$46; older shelly cows, $25 and up; and good bulls, $52-$60.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. ranged from $80 to $95.25; 700-800 lbs., $100-$105.25; 600-700 lbs., $106-$111; 500-600 lbs., $108-$118; and 400-500 lbs., $111-$119.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. brought $78-$89; 700-800 lbs., $81-$96.25; 600-700 lbs., $80-$99.50; 500-600 lbs., $88-$105; and 400-500 lbs., $90-$99.50.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The Feb. 9 sale saw a total of 782 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $50 to $59.75 while cows brought $30-$43, with age verified up to $49.50.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $70 to $88.50; 800-900 lbs., $75-$92.50; 700-800 lbs., $80-$104; 600-700 lbs., $90-$109; 500-600 lbs., $90-$117; 400-500 lbs., $100-$124; and 300-400 lbs., $100-$123.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $35 to $69.50; 800-900 lbs., $70-$86.50; 700-800 lbs., $75-$90.50; 600-700 lbs., $75-$97; 500-600 lbs., $75-$102.50; 400-500 lbs., $87-$110; and 300-400 lbs., $80-$112.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: There were 113 slaughter cattle and 1,050 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard Feb. 10. In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $50 to $54; lean export cows, $42-$46; mature cows, $32-$39; feeding cows, $45-$52; export bulls, $57-$62.75; and mature bulls, $48-$54.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $75 to $83.75; 700-800 lbs., $80-$89; 600-700 lbs., $86-$95; 500-600 lbs., $92-$118; 400-500 lbs., $100-$124; and under 400 lbs., $100-$120.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $78 to $85; 800-900 lbs., $86-$94.50; 700-800 lbs., $92-$101; 600-700 lbs., $98-$107.75; 500-600 lbs., $107-$123; and 400-500 lbs., $115-$127.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 954 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. A1-A2 steers traded from $72 to $78.50; A1-A2 heifers, $72-$78; D1-D2 cows $38-$46, with age verified $46-$54.25; D3 cows, $32-$38; shelly cows, $15-$32; and good bulls $60-$66.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $86 to $90.25; 800-900 lbs., $90-$95.75; 700-800 lbs., $95-$105; 600-700 lbs., $98-$106.25; 500-600 lbs., $102-$117; 400-500 lbs., $110-$123; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$125.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $80 to $85.75; 700-800 lbs., $86-$94.50; 600-700 lbs., $88-$96; 500-600 lbs., $88-$98; and 400-500 lbs., $90-$99.50.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were about 1,071 cattle sold at the sale held on Feb. 10. Butcher steers brought $71-$75.75, while butcher heifers sold from $70 to $74.50. Age-verified/ young cows sold from $48 to $54; D1-D2 cows, $39-$46; D3 cows, $35-$39; shelly cows, $30-$35; and mature bulls, $58-$64.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $87-$93.75; 800-900 lbs., $90-$97; 700-800 lbs., $93-$103; 600-700 lbs., $98-$111; 500-600 lbs., $102-$114; 400-500 lbs., $110-$128; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$128.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $77 to $84; 800-900 lbs., $79-$85.75; 700-800 lbs., $84-$93; 600-700 lbs., $85-$95; 500-600 lbs., $88-$97; and 400-500 lbs., $90-$103.

Killarney Auction Mart: There were 683 cattle sold at the Feb. 11 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows went from $44 to $50.25; D3 and D4 cows, $32-$38; and bulls, $45-$60.75.

Feeder steers weighing 700-850 lbs. sold from $92 to $101, plain to medium $83-$89; 500-700 lbs., $107-$113, plain to medium $92-$103; and under 500 lbs., $118-$125, plain to medium $104-$110.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-850 lbs. brought $86-$90, plain to medium $75-$79; 500-700 lbs., $90-$96, plain to medium $80-$85; and under 500 lbs., $90-$97, plain to medium $84-$88.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: There were 252 cattle sold at the sale held on Feb. 8. Included in the sale were 56 slaughter animals and 196 feeders. In the slaughter market, D1 cows sold from $42 to $46, age verified $45-$55; D2 cows, $37-$41; and D3 cows, $28-$36.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. fetched $84-$88; 800-900 lbs., $86-$91.50; 700-800 lbs., $88-$98.50; 600-700 lbs., $94-$105; 500-600 lbs., $97-$116.50; and 400-500 lbs., $97-$122.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. went for $76-$83.25; 700-800 lbs., $76-$84.25; 600-700 lbs., $82-$89.25; 500-600 lbs., $85-$95; and 400-500 lbs., $88-$104.50.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 1,235 cattle were sold at the Feb. 11 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $36 to $45; D3-D4 cows, $25-$35; and bulls, $58-$66.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $85 to $94.50; 800-900 lbs., $87-$95; 700-800 lbs., $93-$101.50; 600-700 lbs., $100-$110; 500-600 lbs., $110-$122; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$127.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. fetched $83-$91; 700-800 lbs., $88-$96.50; 600-700 lbs., $90-$100; 500-600 lbs., $90-$102; and 400-500 lbs., $95-$108.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held Feb. 11 resulted in 60 slaughter cattle and 588 feeders being sold.

In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 heifers over 850 lbs. brought $74-$80; D1 and D2 cows, $48-$58; D3 and D5 cows, $38-$48; and good bulls, $60-$68.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $85-$92.50; 800-900 lbs., $88-$94.50; 700-800 lbs., $95-$105; 600-700 lbs., $100-$112; 500-600 lbs., $105-$117; 400-500 lbs., $108-$118; and 300-400 lbs., $110-$125.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $80 to $87; 700-800 lbs., $85-$90; 600-700 lbs., $88-$96; 500-600 lbs., $90-$98; 400-500 lbs., $90-$102; and 300-400 lbs., $95-$105.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 1,649 head of cattle sold during the week ending Feb. 12. In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold from $72 to $73.50; dry fed cows, $37-$45; good fleshed, $33-$40; lean, $28-$36; young age verified, $38-$51.25; and good bulls, $42.50-$59.75.

Feeder steers weighing over 1,000 lbs. brought $77-$82.50; 900-1,000 lbs., $85-$94; 800-900 lbs., $85-$96.75; 700-800 lbs., $90-$104.50; 600-700 lbs., $95-$107; 500-600 lbs., $100-$112; 400-500 lbs., $105-$121; and under 400 lbs., $110-$122.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., traded from $72 to $82; 800-900 lbs., $80-$89; 700-800 lbs., $80-$92.50; 600-700 lbs., $85-$94.25; 500-600 lbs., $88-$107.75; and 400-500 lbs., $90-$112.

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