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Social distancing guidelines could pose challenging for fall cattle run

Slaughter values in the province have rebounded

When Manitoba’s fall run starts in September, Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co. has a little bit of trepidation when it comes to the social distancing guidelines set by the province. “There are a percentage of people who are not respecting the social distancing requirements, and it’s putting the markets in a bad position,” Wright said, noting

Slaughter pace improved, cattle backlog remains

Manitoba’s livestock markets take the week off for Canada Day

Cattle auctions in Manitoba were quiet during the week ended July 3, with any yard not already closed for the summer taking the week off for Canada Day. Cattle futures in the United States moved higher during the week amid signs of a global economic recovery. The cattle industry is showing some signs of stabilizing after the COVID-19 pandemic forced slaughterhouse

Light action at auctions ahead of long weekend

Conditions on Manitoba pastures and hayfields vary from region to region

With the summer shutdown now well underway, only four of Manitoba’s cattle auctions hosted sales this past week: Brandon, Grunthal, Virden and Winnipeg. Auctions at Ashern, Gladstone, Killarney, Pipestone and Ste. Rose remain closed for the balance of the summer. “Everything is out to grass now. Until pastures either start to run out or if

The last few cattle are still headed to pasture as the market takes its annual break.

Culls dominate Manitoba cattle markets

Most facilities are already on summer schedule

Cull cows accounted for most of the cattle moving through the Manitoba cattle auction yards in mid-June, with facilities already closed for the summer or operating at a reduced schedule. “We’re seeing large volumes of cows come into the market in Manitoba,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying, adding that prices were relatively steady

Demand strong ahead of summer slowdowns

Fed cattle prices have shown improvement

Prices for cattle at auctions across Manitoba were stronger ahead of the summer slowdown during the week ended June 11. “There’s some optimism for feeder cows, because we can put them away for a later market,” said Tyler Slawinski, an auctioneer for the livestock markets at Ashern and Gladstone. Demand is strong for heavier feeder cattle, which has supported prices, he said. At


Cattle prices improve prior to summer shutdowns

Overall cattle traffic at auctions was down by almost two-thirds

Just as the spring run in the Manitoba cattle auctions comes to an end, prices gained a little ground for the week of May 29 to June 4. Keith Cleaver of Heartland at Brandon said increased demand provided support for prices, while Harold Unrau of Grunthal Auction Mart added that “a lack of product” also helped. With several auctions closed this

Increased slaughter activity revives optimism at auctions

Chicago live cattle last week climbed to their best levels since early March

Cattle prices at Manitoba auction yards have shown some considerable improvement over the past month, as activity starts to slow down ahead of the summer and earlier disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have largely sorted themselves out for the time being. “It certainly has perked up,” Allan Munroe of Killarney Auction Mart said of

Demand returning to Manitoba cattle sales

An increased pace in beef processing helped lift cash prices and futures

Slaughter and feeder cattle prices in Manitoba have recovered slightly from prior lows caused by processing plant shutdowns due to COVID-19. “Between when they bottomed out two weeks ago and now, we’re probably seeing a spread of about 30 to 50 cents higher,” said Tyler Slawinski, an auctioneer for Ashern and Gladstone’s markets. Slawinski credited the uptick in


Improved demand keeps cattle markets largely steady

Demand outstrips cattle supplies as the spring run comes to an end

Despite some price increases for feeder cattle, markets were largely steady to higher this week, according to Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co. Any gains, he said, were helped by packing plants in Ontario and Alberta taking in more livestock. “It stimulated some (price) activity on the bigger cattle.” Another supportive factor was that the spring run

Heavyweight cattle prices pressured by lack of demand

Plant closures are adding to the usual seasonal lull expected for this time of year

Cattle volumes at auctions across Manitoba are starting to dwindle, which is typical for this time of year. “Numbers are down everywhere,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co., remarking that some auctions had already switched to their summer schedule of holding auctions every two weeks. Prices for feeder cattle below 750 pounds have held steady, but