The fall cattle run shifted into full gear as all eight Manitoba cattle auction sites conducted regular sales during the week ended Sept. 16. Rains helped extend the pasture season during the previous week, keeping many cattle producers at home. However, the season could only last so long, as producers decided it was time to
It was all quiet on the Manitoba cattle front for the week ended Sept. 9. Only four auction sites — Winnipeg, Grunthal and the Heartland sites at Brandon and Virden — hosted regular cattle sales, all with lower numbers through the rings than in the previous week. Temperatures in southern and western Manitoba mostly stayed
Recent rains across Manitoba brought some much-needed relief to dry pastures, slowing activity at the province’s cattle auctions during the week ended Sept. 3. Prices for what was moving were solid, with strength in the feeder market but a softer tone in butcher cows. “There were light offerings everywhere this week, for feeder cattle and
Recent rains in Manitoba have greened up pastures and in turn slowed down the number of cattle headed to market, said Kirk Kiesman, manager at Ashern Auction Mart. In light of the severe drought on the Prairies, and especially in the Interlake region of Manitoba, the Ashern market organized a number of auctions this summer.
Drought has been the major story for Manitoba cattle producers this summer, but the effects have varied depending on the region. While the Interlake and parts of eastern Manitoba have been hit the hardest by the hot and dry conditions, southwestern Manitoba has received much more precipitation, creating a less desperate situation for cattle sales.
Despite only having 259 feeder and butcher cattle going through the rings on Aug. 10, Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart was one of a few auction sites across the province beginning their season early due to unseasonably hot and dry weather. While there weren’t enough feeders to establish a market, 109 to be exact, auctioneer and sales representative Brad
Increasing demand from cattle producers selling their herds convinced Tyler Slawinski of Gladstone Auction Mart to hold a sale Aug. 3, even if it wasn’t entirely the best idea. “We had 160 head. It wasn’t cost feasible to run a sale that small, but we like to provide a service for producers in need. That’s
In Allan Munroe’s 10 years at the Killarney Auction Mart, he has never before needed to conduct a sale at his auction site in July. However, desperate times for cattle producers called for having a sale of 285 butchers and feeders on July 26. Killarney was not alone as Gladstone, Grunthal, Winnipeg and both Heartland
As the drought in Manitoba continued to take hold on the province’s cattle industry, Tyler Slawinski, an auctioneer for the Ashern and Gladstone auction marts, noted two important points. One: some producers in the Interlake region have completely dispersed their cattle because of feed shortages and high prices, as well as the lack of water
As hot and dry weather continues to blister the Prairies including Manitoba, the volume of cattle sales has stayed consistent as more and more producers sell their animals. “With the dry conditions, we are going to be getting busier. We are staying open through the summer to serve our customers,” said Robin Hill of Heartland