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Weekly Manitoba Livestock Report

Winnipeg

Values for cattle sold at the various auction marts in Manitoba continued to hold strong levels during the week ended April 17 as demand from all outlets remained fairly aggressive. Prices for cows also held their own during the reporting period.

Marketings of cattle, overall, remained at a pretty healthy pace.

“Values for feeder cattle, or anything that is suitable to go on grass this summer, have been extremely strong,” said Rick Wright, a livestock order buyer for Cattlex Ltd., in Hamiota.

He said local demand for cattle under 750 pounds has picked up and remains strong as has demand from both eastern and western outlets for most grades.

“The strong prices for the cattle are a reflection of the fewer animals available,” Wright said. He explained that the lower numbers were a function of a decline in the number of producers willing to background cattle in the fall for resale this spring.

“Most of the cattle that were backgrounded in the province were owned by outside interests, including from the U. S., as well as Eastern Canada,” Wright said. “And those cattle never came back for resale.”

Wright noted that in a traditional year, 40 per cent to 45 per cent of the cattle that are sold in the spring are animals bought in the fall and backgrounded for sale in the spring. “There was virtually none of that backgrounding done last fall,” he said.

The reluctance of individuals to background was linked in part to nervousness over the implementation of the U. S. Government’s country-of-origin labelling laws and problems obtaining custom feeding agreements.

“At least with the custom feed pacts, the individuals shared the risk and would generally be guaranteed some sort of return on the original investment,” Wright said, noting under these kind of arrangements, individuals would be able to fill up their lots and be a service provider instead of just being an owner.

The price for finished cattle at the beginning of the reporting period also was up sharply. “This really got guys optimistic about replacing inventory, which in turn only notched up the demand factor,” he said.

However, by the end of the week, prices for the finished cattle eased which in turn caused a small downturn in the demand for these animals,” Wright said.

Wright also cautioned that some of the plants in which the finished cattle are destined for have requirements covered until the May 1 kill. As for the demand for grass cattle, Wright expected this interest to remain strong in the weeks ahead even if putting these animals out to pasture will not occur for another five weeks or so.

FROM THE AUCTION FLOORS (Note all prices in Cdn. $ per cwt. These prices also generally represent the top one-third of sales reported by the auction yard)

ASHERN LIVESTOCK MART: An estimated 1,210 head of cattle were sold at the sale held on April 15. In the slaughter market heiferettes sold for $76.50-$81, while age-verified D1 and D2 cows traded from $60-$73. D3 and D5 cows brought $40-$48.

Good bulls sold from $56-$78. Feeder steers weighing 800-900 lbs. ranged from $100-$102; 700-800 lbs. $100-$116.25; 600-700 lbs. $105-$123.50; 500-600 lbs. $100-$132.50 and 400-500 lbs. $105-$130.

Feeder heifers 700-800 lbs. traded $83-$98; 600-700 lbs. $90-$110; 500-600 lbs. $90-$118.50; 400-500 lbs. $99-$116 and 300-400 lbs. $107-$112.

GLADSTONE: The April 14 sale saw a total of 1,001 head of cattle sold at the Gladstone yard. In the slaughter market, bulls sold from $54-$72 while cows brought $20-$50 with age verified up to $66.

Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category traded from $80-$95; 800-900 lbs. $85-$103; 700-800 lbs. $90-$113.25; 600-700 lbs. $95-$123; 500-600 lbs. $100-$133.50; 400-500 lbs. $100-$134; and 300-400 lbs. $105-$130.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $65-$91.50; 800-900 lbs. $75-$99; 700-800 lbs. $76-$101.50; 600-700 lbs. $80-$109.50; 500-600 lbs. $80-$112; 400-500 lbs. $82-$113 and 300-400 lbs. $80-$114.

GRUNTHAL: There were 100 slaughter cattle and 453 feeders sold at the Grunthal yard on April 15.

In the slaughter market average dry fed cows brought $52-$59.25 while mature good fleshed cows traded from $43.25-$48.

Lean cows sold from $12-$23 while average bulls brought $58-$66.75 and mature bulls $51-$56.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $71-$96; 700-800 lbs. $86-$107; 600-700 lbs. $91-$113; 500-600 lbs. $94-$115.50 and 400-500 lbs. $97-$121.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $80-$91.50; 800-900 lbs. $92-$98; 700-800 lbs. $80-$113; 600-700 lbs. $99-$122; 500-600 lbs. $121-$135 and 400-500 lbs. $114-$138.

PIPESTONE: There were 302 cattle sold at the sale held on April 13. Included in the sale were 56 slaughter animals and 246 feeders.

In the slaughter market D1 cows brought $42-$57 age verified up to $64, D2 cows brought $30-$41, D3 cows brought $19-$27 while bulls traded from $65.75-$73.

Feeder steers weighing over 900 lbs. fetched $74-$100; 800-900 lbs. $88-$102.50; 700-800 lbs. $98-$113; 600-700 lbs. $102-$125; 500-600 lbs. $102-$131 and 400-500 lbs. $106-$128.

Feeder heifers weighing over 900 lbs. $76-$86; 800-900 lbs. $80-$92.25; 700-800 lbs. $86-$97; 600-700 lbs. $92-$107.25; 500-600 lbs. $94-$112 and 400-500 lbs. $99-$111.

STE. ROSE: A total of 1,614 cattle sold at the April 16 sale.

In the slaughter market, D1 and D2 cows ranged from $50-$65, while D3 cows brought $35-$48 and bulls sold from $60-$72. Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $90-$98; 800-900 lbs. $93-$108; 700-800 lbs. $95-$112; 600-700 lbs. $108-$123; 500-600 lbs. $115-$132 and 400-500 lbs. $100-$132.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. sold from $88-$98; 700-800 lbs. $90-$106; 600-700 lbs. $100-$112; 500-600 lbs. $105-$115 and 400-500 lbs. $105-$118.

HEARTLAND, BRANDON: A total of 900 cattle were on offer during the week. In the slaughter market butcher steers ranged from $88-$91.50. D1-D2 cows sold from $50-$63.50; D3 cows $40-$50; and mature bulls $73-$76.50. Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. $90-$98.50; 800-900 lbs. $95-$103; 700-800 lbs. $102-$112.50; 600-700 lbs. $110-$124; 500-600 lbs. $115-$134.50; 400-500 lbs. $115-$128 and 300-400 lbs. $115-$126.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $82-$89.50; 800-900 lbs. $85-$92; 700-800 lbs. $95-$105; 600-700 lbs. $98-$110; 500-600 lbs. $100-$114; 400-500 lbs. $105-$116.50 and 300-400 lbs. $105-$116.50.

HEARTLAND, VIRDEN: There were about 728 cattle sold at the sale held on April 15. Butcher steers brought $85-$91, while butcher heifers sold from $84-$89. Age-verified/young cows sold for $53-$58; D1-D2 cows $49-$53; D3 cows $43-$48; shelly cows $35-$42 and mature bulls $66-$74.25.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. brought $88-$97; 800-900 lbs. $95-$103; 700-800 lbs. $100-$113; 600-700 lbs. $110-$126; 500-600 lbs. $117-$134; and 400-500 lbs. $118-$135.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded from $80-$91; 800-900 lbs. $87-$97; 700-800 lbs. $94-$105; 600-700 lbs. $100-$109.75; 500-600 lbs. $103-$114 and 400-500 lbs. $104-$115.

TAYLOR AUCTIONS, MELITA: The sale held on Thursday, April 16 resulted in 122 slaughter cattle and 553 feeders being sold. In the slaughter market, A1-A2 steers over 1000 lbs. traded at $87-$94.25; A1-A2 heifers over 850 lbs. $84-$92.50; D1 and D2 cows sold from $50-$63; D3 and D5 cows $38-$48; and good bulls $70-$81. Feeder steers in the 900-to 1,000-lb. weight category ranged from $88-$104.50; 800-900 lbs. $94-$112.50; 700-800 lbs. $100-$120; 600-700 lbs. $108-$124.50; 500-600 lbs. $110-$128; 400-500 lbs. $115-$132 and 300-400 lbs. $115-$130.

Feeder heifers weighing 800-900 lbs. fetched $80-$97.50; 700-800 lbs. $85-$105; 600-700 lbs. $87-$108.50; 500-600 lbs. $90-$112; 400-500 lbs. $92-$114 and 300-400 lbs. $95-$115.

Winnipeg LIVESTOCK: There were 2,062 head of cattle sold at the sales during the week ended Friday, April 17.

Of the animals sold 200 were for slaughter and 1,862 consisted of feeders. In the slaughter market, dry fed cows brought $46-$55; good fleshed cows $40-$48; lean cows $35-$42 and young age-verified cows $52-$65. Good bulls traded from $66-$72.75.

Feeder steers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. traded $90-$98.75; 800-900 lbs. $95-$108; 700-800 lbs. $100-$110; 600-700 lbs. $110-$122; 500-600 lbs. $115-$130 and 400-500 lbs. $118-$130.

Feeder heifers weighing 900-1,000 lbs. sold from $85-$93.50; 800-900 lbs. $90-$102; 700-800 lbs. $95-$105; 600-700 lbs.; $100-$113; 500-600 lbs. $115-$120 and 400-500 lbs. $115-$126.

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