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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

Manitoba buyers show steady demand for lighter cattle

China’s coronavirus epidemic hasn’t yet landed on local cattle prices


Mid-weight feeder cattle prices were steady from last week, according to Robin Hill, Heartland Livestock Auctions’ manager at Virden. At last week’s sale, prices for 700- to 800-lb. feeder cattle were between $180 and $197 per hundredweight. Prices for 600- to 700-lb. feeders were between $196 and $221/cwt as well. Prices during this week’s sale


Cattle auctions’ prices steady, volumes strong

Manitoba’s cattle are about equally eastbound and westbound

Despite cold weather and icy highways, cattle markets across Manitoba were in full swing during the week ended Jan. 17. Tyler Slawinski, Gladstone Auction Mart’s auctioneer, said about 600 head showed up to the first auction of the year. “That’s about twice as many as I had expected,” he said. “That’s a good sign for

Fall cattle run picks up steam

After a slow and muddy start, auction barns have filled up

Cattle auction yards were busy across Manitoba during the last week of October, with the fall run in full swing. “We’re busy, I think every barn is full (across the province),” said Robin Hill, of Heartland Livestock Services in Virden. “The volumes in Western Canada really cranked up over the past week, and now everybody



Fall cattle run’s launch delayed as rains improve pastures

Producers with cull cows may want to sell soon

Numbers moving through Manitoba’s cattle auction yards are starting to pick up ahead of the fall run, with prices holding firm during the last week of September. “We finally saw decent volumes of calves to establish prices,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying. “Up until now we’ve had really light deliveries and the market

Cattle volumes in Manitoba are expected to drop off over the next few weeks, as cattle are turned out to grass and mixed farmers begin spring seeding.

Cattle volumes at auctions to drop soon, but not yet

Sales remained busy in the post-holiday time frame

Good volumes moved through Manitoba cattle auctions open during the week ended April 26, with solid prices in both the feeder and butcher markets. The short week due to Good Friday the previous week, and the fact that some auctions were closed for Easter Monday, meant the sales which were running were busy. “The numbers

A strong dollar is putting pressure on the price of feeder cattle.

Weather, dollar drag on Manitoba cattle auctions

Most auction markets handled fewer cattle on the week

The weather and the Canadian dollar were major factors at Manitoba cattle auctions for the week ending Feb. 1, according to representatives of three auction markets. “Our numbers were down because of the cold,” said Dave Nickel of Gladstone Auction Mart. For most of the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, daytime temperatures often


Lukewarm buyer interest weighs on cattle prices

Traders are mindful of expectations for large supplies

Cattle prices stayed under pressure at auction marts across Manitoba during the week ended April 6. Bids were mostly similar to the previous week for steers and heifers; a little more interest may have been paid to cows. “A lot of cows in Western Canada are coming to market now,” said Anne Wasko, a market

U.S. futures spur downturn at Manitoba auction marts

USDA’s Cattle on Feed report is bearish for markets

Cattle numbers shrank at Manitoba auction marts for the week ended March 30, as the latest U.S. Cattle on Feed report left an unsavoury taste in sellers’ mouths. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cattle on Feed report, released March 23, showed ranchers sent seven per cent more cattle to feedlots in February, compared to