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Dry conditions generate slaughter cow traffic

Dry conditions generate slaughter cow traffic

AUCTIONS | Solid demand remains supportive for prices

While the seasonal slowdown is in effect, activity at Manitoba’s cattle auction yards was still busier than usual for late June, as concerns over pasture conditions and forage availability saw large numbers of slaughter cattle move through the rings. “Drought conditions are pushing slaughter cows to the marketplace,” said cattle buyer Rick Wright of Heartland


Late-May rainfall welcomed as cattle bids decline

Late-May rainfall welcomed as cattle bids decline

Rising feed prices and a stronger loonie have dragged on values

It was another week of declining cattle numbers at livestock auction sites across Manitoba during the week ended May 27. As auction sites in Gladstone, Killarney and Ste. Rose du Lac were closed for the week, only 2,375 cattle went through the rings, down from 2,426 the previous week. Of those 2,375, at least 950

Factors pile up for a downturn in cattle markets

Factors pile up for a downturn in cattle markets

The loonie’s current strength is not helpful

Along with the stronger Canadian dollar, a few other factors have combined to point the Manitoba cattle industry toward something of a downturn, according to Harold Unrau of the Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart. “Grain prices are rising. Cattle futures are staying the same or maybe dropping a bit. So between the dollar and the grain

Cattle values steady despite futures’ drop

Cattle values steady despite futures’ drop

Despite falling prices on U.S. cattle futures markets, bids remained steady at auction sites in Manitoba during the week ending April 29. More than 7,200 cattle went through the rings during the week, down from 8,600 the week earlier, as feeder numbers start to settle down before the summer. While prices have remained steady for


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

Guelph beef plant’s shutdown alters feeder cattle traffic

Guelph beef plant’s shutdown alters feeder cattle traffic

Higher prices for feed grains put pressure on cattle markets

Livestock auction sites across the province saw a jump in activity with more cattle sold during the week ending Jan. 22. Prices for feeder cattle did not see much change from the previous week. Despite this, deliveries are still slightly lower than at the same time last year — and higher grain prices are to

Healthy demand greets lighter-weight cattle

Healthy demand greets lighter-weight cattle

Markets expect a couple of busy weeks before the year-end shutdown

Manitoba cattle auction yards remained busy during the first week of December, but should start to slow down heading into the new year. Lightweight feeders were seeing the best demand, with heavier animals running into some resistance. “We probably have another 10 days of good deliveries before everybody shuts down for the holidays,” Rick Wright



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Klassen: Yearling market remains red hot

Barley harvest well underway in southern Alberta

Compared to last week, western Canadian yearling prices were $2-$4 higher on average; however, in southern Alberta, yearlings traded $6-$8 above week-ago levels. A few auction barns in Alberta held their first feature sales of the fall run and buyers showed up with both hands. The quality of yearlings coming off grass is excellent and