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Lightweight feeder steer prices decline

Lightweight feeder steer prices decline

Spring calving and weather forecasts favour buyers

Fewer cattle went through the rings at Manitoba livestock auction sites during the week ending March 12 compared to the previous week. At least 10,800 head were sold, including about 10,000 feeders this week, down from more than 12,000 the previous week. At most sites this week, prices were steady to lower for lightweight feeder



High feed grain prices in the West are expected to keep a lid on feeder cattle values this month.

Only a trio of cattle auctions to start 2021

A stronger loonie is making Manitoba cattle less attractive for export

With just three auctions open, fewer than 640 head of cattle were sold at Brandon, Virden and Grunthal for the week ended Jan. 7. “There wasn’t enough to really quote accurate market (prices),” said Keith Cleaver, manager of Heartland Livestock Services’ Brandon auction. “The first week is pretty slow always,” he added, noting cattle numbers

Continued warm spell heats up cattle sales

Continued warm spell heats up cattle sales

A stronger loonie has warded off potential cross-border buyers

Unseasonably warm temperatures across Manitoba have kept activity high at cattle auctions this winter. “It’s been an exceptional run here at Gladstone,” said Tyler Slawinski, Gladstone Auction Mart’s auctioneer. “We traded a lot of cattle, prices were good, and I hope we continue to see that into 2021.” This week, feeder steers between 600 and

Slaughter pace improved, cattle backlog remains

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

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

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

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

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