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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

Pandemic pricing hits Manitoba cattle values

Several auction markets’ sales will be put off due to the Easter long weekend

Prices for feeder cattle in Manitoba have taken a good hit, as have so many other commodities, during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart. “Prices are sliding. They’ve gone down quite a bit,” he said, but expressed some optimism. “The futures markets were up again (April 8), so if they


Auctioneer Bill Klassen says it will be hard to enforce social distancing at what's always been a social occasion.

Farm auctions OK in social distance era

COVID-19: But the Manitoba Auctioneers Association recommends members opt for online and telephone bidding instead

How will one of the most traditional and social of rural events — farm auction sales — work during the COVID-19 pandemic? Online and over the telephone is the recommendation from the Manitoba Auctioneers Association (MAA), that is bracing for the start of the sale season. “We can’t tell anyone in the association what they


Manitoba cattle sales picking up steam

livestock Producers worrying about winter feed supplies are starting to ship animals now

Activity at Manitoba’s cattle auction yards is starting to pick up earlier than normal, as concerns over tight feed supplies have ranchers looking to move more animals. The Gladstone Auction Mart held its first sale back after the summer break on Aug. 20, which was about a month earlier than normal, according to auctioneer Tyler


Load limits, calving season drag on activity at auctions

Nebraska was often a major buyer of Manitoba cattle

As temperatures rise and calving season hits full swing, cattle auction activity in Manitoba was fairly predictable for the week ended March 22. “Numbers were lower than previous weeks,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Buying Order Co. “We expect supplies of feeder cattle to decrease steadily from now until May.” On top of calving season,

Fall cattle rush tapers off for most Manitoba auction sales

Cattle numbers are still increasing at Ashern, though

Bucking the trend of declining numbers of cattle going to auction, Ashern Auction Mart is still witnessing increasing numbers and expecting more. Ashern had numbers jump by 21 per cent for its Nov. 28 sale, according to manager Kirk Kiesman, who said he’s expecting more for its Dec. 5 sale. “I would say we are

Cattle prices stay high with large fall run volume

Auction marts were packed with cattle, yet prices stayed on the stronger side

The momentum from previous weeks continued at Manitoba auction marts during the week ended Nov. 3, as prices held steady and volumes stayed strong. “Pretty much every auction mart around the countryside was full this week for the consignments and prices stayed relatively strong,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Company. Approximately 17,282 head



The auctioneer’s song

For someone who rarely attended auctions, my father somehow managed to host or co-host four different auctions in the last 20 or so years of his long life. The first, held in the mid-1990s, was a dispersal sale for the 100 or so Holstein cows, heifers, and calves that had remained on the dairy farm