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Manitoba’s fall cattle run begins

Manitoba’s fall cattle run begins

Busier sales have led to a wider range of prices

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

Greener pastures translate to slower cattle sales

Greener pastures translate to slower cattle sales

CME October cattle futures have dropped since late August

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 rain slows cattle rush at Manitoba auction markets

Recent rain slows cattle rush at Manitoba auction markets

Feeder cattle and calves show price strength

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.

Room for optimism seen in southwest

Room for optimism seen in southwest

Rainfall has taken some of the urgent edge off sales in the region

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.


Cattle numbers increase as fall season begins

Cattle numbers increase as fall season begins

Early start to fall run reflects unseasonably hot and dry weather

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

Fall cattle run earlier than expected

Fall cattle run earlier than expected

Drought conditions continue to drive volumes as producers forced to sell

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

Unprecedented summer cattle sales across province

Unprecedented summer cattle sales across province

Drought in stark focus as producers forced to cut herds

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


Drought takes hold over Manitoba cattle markets

Drought takes hold over Manitoba cattle markets

U.S. cattle are being shipped north for slaughter

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

Temperatures rise but prices cool at cattle auctions

Temperatures rise but prices cool at cattle auctions

Some Manitoba cattle may start heading east as volumes rise

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