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Weather Supports Grass Cattle Demand

The amount of cattle going through auction yards in Manitoba during the week ended June 18 continued on a downward trend as the seasonal summer lull kicks in. Prices for the cattle marketed were steady to lower depending on the quality of the animals.

While most cattle markets are starting to slow down because of the summer lull, there was an increase in the amount of cull cows going through auction yards this week. The rise in these animals was linked to the current high prices for cull cows, due to the increased demand for hamburger meat. Prices for feeder and fat cattle stayed strong.

“It’s probably the price of the cull cows,” said Keith Cleaver, manager of Heartland Livestock Services at Brandon, about what attracted the high number of cattle to go through the yards. “It’s fairly high right now. So everything that doesn’t have a calf is getting sold.”

Typically, Cleaver said, he sees more feeder cattle go through the auction yard compared to cull cows – but this week, cull cows represented a large percentage of cattle moving through the yard.

“Quite a few cows actually for this time of year,” he said, noting that the summer season is typically when cattle are sent to pasture and business for auction yards slows down.

Surprisingly, wet weather conditions haven’t impacted cattle movement, according to Cleaver. Some producers haven’t been able to move onto pasture land in order to move cattle to the auction yard, he said, but there was not an overwhelming amount of producers in that situation to affect the level of sales.

Demand for grass cattle due to the recent weather conditions remained steady, as grass in pastures is expected to grow rapidly.

Packer interest for cattle remained steady, with most of the demand coming from the West, Cleaver said.

Demand from U. S. packers has been mainly targeted toward younger, age-verified cattle, Cleaver said.

The Canadian dollar as of June 18 was quoted at US97.88 cents. However, the recent firmness of the Canadian currency has had no bearing on cattle prices for this week, according to Cleaver.

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.

Ashern Livestock Mart: Ashern is closed until mid-August.

Gladstone Auction Mart: The June 15 sale saw a total of 219 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $65 to $71.50 while cows brought $35-$65.

Feeder steers in the 900-1,000 lbs. weight category traded from $80 to $89.25; 800-900 lbs., $80-$99; 700-800 lbs., $90-$109.50; 600-700 lbs., $90-$121.50; 500-600 lbs., $100-$124.50; 400-500 lbs., $88-$126 and 300-400 lbs., $99-$130.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $70 to $89.50; 800-900 lbs., $73-$92; 700-800 lbs., $75-$95.50; 600-700 lbs., $97-$105.50; 500-600 lbs., $80-$111.50; 400-500 lbs., $85-$110 and 300-400 lbs., $84-$105.

The last auction for the summer will be July 13; Gladstone will reopen Aug. 16.

Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart: There were 153 cattle sold at the Grunthal yard on June 16. Included in the sale were 85 slaughter animals and 68 feeders.

In the slaughter market, fleshy export cows traded from $52 to $57; lean export cows, $48-$54; mature cows, $45-$51; feeding cows, $55-$65; export bulls, $67-$73; and mature bulls $65-$70.

Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. sold from $88 to $94; 600-700 lbs., $92-$106; 500-600 lbs., $100-$110; 400-500 lbs., $104-$115; and under 400 lbs., $104-$114.

Feeder steers weighing 700-800 lbs. sold from $94 to $102; 600-700 lbs., $100-$110; 500-600 lbs., $105-$115; 400-500 lbs., $110-$120 and under 400 lbs., $110-$120.

Auctions will be held every other week in July and August.

Heartland Livestock Services, Brandon: A total of 456 cattle were on offer in Brandon during the week. A1-A2 steers traded from $80 to $85.50; A1-A2 heifers, $78-$82; D1-D2 cows, $52-$58, age verified $56-$64; feeder cows, $45-$52; shells, $30-$45; and good bulls $70-$76.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $90 to $97; 800-900 lbs., $95-$104.25; 700-800 lbs., $100-$112.50; 600-700 lbs., $105-$119.25; 500-600 lbs., $110-$120; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$124.50.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $82 to $88.50; 800-900 lbs., $84-$90.50; 700-800 lbs., $92-$104.25; 600-700 lbs., $95-$105.50; 500-600 lbs., $98-$110 and 400-500 lbs., $100-$108.

Auctions will be held every Tuesday.

Heartland Livestock Services, Virden: There were about 369 cattle sold at the sale held June 16.

Butcher steers brought $80-$84.75 while butcher heifers sold from $78 to $82.25. Age-verified/ young cows sold from $58 to $63; D1-D2 cows, $57-$61; D3 cows, $52-$56; shelly cows, $48-$52; and mature bulls, $70-$76.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $87-$94; 800-900 lbs., $95-$103.75; 700-800 lbs., $100-$112; 600-700 lbs., $105-$118; 500-600 lbs., $110-$123; and 400-500 lbs., $110-$125.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $77 to $84.50; 800-900 lbs., $83-$91; 700-800 lbs., $89-$100; 600-700 lbs., $96-$106; 500-600 lbs., $100-$110; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$114.

Auctions will be held every Wednesday.

Killarney Auction Mart: There were 438 cattle sold at the June 17 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows went from $55 to $60; D3 and D4 cows, $44-$54.50; age-verified cows $54-$61; and bulls, $64-$75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs., sold for $72-$78.50; 800-900 lbs., $96-$99; 700-800 lbs., $102.50-$106.50; 600-700 lbs., $110.50-$118; 500-600 lbs., $114-$120.50; 400-500 lbs., $116-$124; and 300-400 lbs., $102-126.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $76-$84; 800-900 lbs., $93.50-$95; 700-800 lbs., $94-$103.50; 600-700 lbs., $102-$105; 500-600 lbs., $98-$109; 400-500 lbs., $100.25-$108; and 300-400 lbs., $92-$97.50.

Killarney is now closed until mid-August.

Pipestone Livestock Sales: There were 162 cattle sold at the sale held June 14. Included in the sale were 64 slaughter cattle and 98 feeders.

In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers sold from $77 to $81; A1 and A2 heifers, $73.50-$75; D1 cows, $53-$59, age verified up to $66; D2 cows, $46-$51; D3 cows $36-$44; and bulls, $70-$73.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. fetched $92-$101; 700-800 lbs., $102-$112; 600-700 lbs., $107-$117; 500-600 lbs., $110-$124; and 400-500 lbs., $116-$130.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs., traded from $87 to $96.50; 700-800 lbs., $93-$100; 600-700 lbs., $96-$106; 500-600 lbs., $106-$114; and 400-500 lbs., $100-$118.

Pipestone is now closed until the end of August.

Ste. Rose Auction Mart: A total of 260 cattle were sold at the June 17 sale. In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $45 to $52; D3-D4 cows, $33-$45; and bulls, $73-$78.

Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. went for $90-$101.50 and 700-800 lbs., $90-$112.50. Feeder heifers weighing 700-800 lbs. brought $90-$104.50.

The last sale before the summer break will be held June 24.

Taylor Auctions, Melita: The sale held June 17 resulted in 145 slaughter cattle and 67 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1 and A2 steers over 1,000 lbs. brought $77-$83.50; A1 and A2 heifers over 850 lbs., $76-$82.75; D1 and D2 cows, $52-$64; D3 and D5 cows, $38-$50; and good bulls, $58-$69.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $85-$98; 800-900 lbs., $87-$102; 700-800 lbs., $90-$109.50; 600-700 lbs., $92-$112; 500-600 lbs., $95-$114; 400-500 lbs., $95-$124; and 300-400 lbs., $95-$120.

Feeder hei fers weighing 800-900 lbs. traded from $78 to $96.50; 700-800 lbs., $82-$101.50; 600-700 lbs., $85-$104; 500-600 lbs., $88-$106; 400-500 lbs., $90-$110; and 300-400 lbs., $92-$114.

Taylor Auctions will be closed for the month of July.

Winnipeg Livestock Sales: There were about 395 head of cattle sold during the week ending June 18. In the slaughter market, choice steers and heifers sold from $82 to $85; select steers and heifers, $78-$82; dry fed cows, $48-$52; good fleshed, $45-$49; lean, $38-$45; young age verified, $48-$59; and good bulls, $60-$75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $87-$93; 800-900 lbs., $95-$99.50; 700-800 lbs., $98-$102; 600-700 lbs., $105-$116.50; and 500-600 lbs., $110-$123.

Feeder heifers weighing over 1,000 lbs. traded from $80 to $85; 800-900 lbs., $85-$88; 700-800 lbs., $92-$97; and 500-600 lbs., $98-$113.

Winnipeg will hold sales on Fridays only during the summer months.

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