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Manitoba cattle market defies trend

The province’s geographic proximity to significant 
domestic markets is coming into play

Ontario and Quebec interest continues to buoy prices at Manitoba cattle auctions. “Pound for pound, on the good end of the calves, we’re probably still $5 to $7 per hundredweight better than they (Alberta) are,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co. On Oct. 31, good 600-lb. steers at Virden, Man., were attracting prices



Wet weather supportive for Manitoba’s cattle markets

A weaker loonie and higher pork prices haven’t hurt, either

Wet weather is holding producers back from rushing to sell their cattle in Western Canada, according to an analyst. “Volumes are a decent size, but they’re not burdensome by any means. (They’re) maybe slowed down a little bit by the weather and guys maybe reassessing if things are going to green up. It just takes






Cattle producers are “still culling heavily

Cattle market keeps holding steady as summer draws near

Recent rains haven’t relieved producers’ drought anxiety

Although traffic is starting to slow down at Manitoba’s auction marts for the summer, business held steady for the week ended June 8. “The market numbers this week, for those markets that had sales, deliveries were actually higher than anticipated,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Buying Order Co. About 1,913 head were run through the



Snowstorm leads to snow day for Manitoba cattle auctions

Economic uncertainty drags on the Canadian dollar

The late-winter snowstorm which hit Western Canada the first weekend in March caused auction marts across Manitoba to cancel sales. “I don’t think anybody sold anything until (Thursday). We had no cattle at all, either sale. And Brandon had no cattle, Killarney had no cattle,” said Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden. Of