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Cattle market holds strong in face of challenges ahead

Cattle market holds strong in face of challenges ahead

Current dry conditions and high prices for feed add pressure

Despite recently backing off, Manitoba’s cattle market maintained some strength for the week ended April 8, according to Gladstone Auction Mart auctioneer Tyler Slawinski. The market, he said, is not as strong as it was at its peak about four weeks ago. “Fewer cattle are moving. Everybody is either cleaning out or they have cleaned out due

Pre-Easter lull and weather hit cattle market volume

Pre-Easter lull and weather hit cattle market volume

Despite scant supply, prices held up nicely

Aspring snowstorm and holiday shutdowns ahead of the Easter long weekend limited activity at Manitoba’s cattle auction yards during the week ended April 1, but prices — for what moved — were solid. Snow and strong winds led to highway closures across the Prairies on March 29 to 30. “Producers didn’t want to take their

Drop in quality and numbers seen at cattle sales

Drop in quality and numbers seen at cattle sales

Cattle producers welcome AgriStability changes

Quality in cattle, especially in feeder steers, was a bit harder to find as Manitoba livestock auction found during the week ending March 25. Heavyweight feeder steers had less of a presence than in previous weeks, with only Winnipeg Livestock Sales reporting sales of feeders weighing more than 1,000 lbs. Meanwhile, lightweight feeder steers topped

Auction action accelerates on warmer spring weather

Auction action accelerates on warmer spring weather

Buyers Down East are now more current in their cattle purchases

Spring weather kept cattle auction yards across Manitoba busy during the last ‘official’ week of winter, as producers were busy moving animals before pastures green up and attention turns to field work. “It’s been an incredibly busy month all over Manitoba for cattle marketing ever since things warmed up after the cold snap,” said Allan

Brazil cattle supplies to remain tight, hitting beef packers

Brazil cattle supplies to remain tight, hitting beef packers

Reuters – A shortage of cattle for slaughtering will continue to weigh on Brazilian beef processors for at least a year, Fernando Iglesias, an analyst with Safras & Mercado, said in a recent presentation. Brazil’s tight supplies, caused by the slaughtering of cows and strong demand for beef in markets like China, has led companies


Lightweight feeder steer prices decline

Lightweight feeder steer prices decline

Spring calving and weather forecasts favour buyers

Fewer cattle went through the rings at Manitoba livestock auction sites during the week ending March 12 compared to the previous week. At least 10,800 head were sold, including about 10,000 feeders this week, down from more than 12,000 the previous week. At most sites this week, prices were steady to lower for lightweight feeder

German pig prices up again

German pig prices up again

German pig prices have risen again as sales inside the EU help markets recover from Asian import bans on German pork, traders and industry sources said on Wednesday. German pig prices on March 3 rose to 1.40 euros a kg slaughter weight from 1.30 euros the previous week, said the association of German animal farmers

Pipestone fire a loss for Manitoba markets

Pipestone fire a loss for Manitoba markets

Top-end bids for feeder cattle show signs of coming off

Manitoba’s cattle sector took a hit during the week as a fire destroyed the historic Pipestone Livestock Sales yard in the southwestern corner of the province. The blaze started at around 6:30 p.m. on March 1, with over 80 per cent of the structures and equipment engulfed in flames and destroyed, according to owner Gene


Cattle sales recover from February cold snap

Cattle sales recover from February cold snap

Feed values and the Canadian dollar are up, Chicago live cattle futures down

After frigid temperatures affected most of Manitoba earlier in February, cattle sellers made up for lost time as thousands of cattle poured through the rings during the week ending Feb. 26. More than 14,000 cattle were auctioned off across the province, including at least 13,000 feeders. By comparison, at least 7,000 cattle in total were sold at

Auction activity recovers as colder spell retreats

Auction activity recovers as colder spell retreats

Eastern and western feedlots are again shopping for feeder cattle

Temperatures were still cold across Manitoba during the third week of February, but sunny skies and daytime highs in the -20s C, or even the minus teens, were much more welcome at the cattle auctions than the -40s with the wind chill that limited activity the previous week. “We’re getting out of this cold snap