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Cattle sales recover from February cold snap

Cattle sales recover from February cold snap

Feed values and the Canadian dollar are up, Chicago live cattle futures down

After frigid temperatures affected most of Manitoba earlier in February, cattle sellers made up for lost time as thousands of cattle poured through the rings during the week ending Feb. 26. More than 14,000 cattle were auctioned off across the province, including at least 13,000 feeders. By comparison, at least 7,000 cattle in total were sold at

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


Manitoba’s cattle auctions off to slow start in 2019

Inclement weather helped keep a lid on cattle traffic


Only four of Manitoba’s eight major cattle auctions had sales last week, with sales numbers down compared to those before the holiday break. For the week ending Jan. 11, auctions at Brandon, Grunthal, Virden and Winnipeg sold a total of 1,164 cattle, with weather having played a role in the lower numbers. “We ran into

Cows herded in to holding pen

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



With cattle prices being relatively positive for the time being, one industry watcher predicts there could be an early fall run to market.

Concerns over limited feed could mean early fall run

Cattle prices remain steady on summer-level volumes

After low-yielding hay cuts have left Manitoba cattle producers scrambling to find hay to buy, some producers are starting to consider their options — including selling earlier than usual. “I would say there’s definitely concern for sure. I’m not saying it’s in dire, desperate need today, but there’s definitely concerns of feed (shortages) in areas,”

Short week stays quiet as most major marketings done

Short week stays quiet as most major marketings done

USDA’s latest Cattle on Feed numbers will be bearish

The Victoria Day long weekend limited activity at Manitoba’s cattle auction yards during the week ended May 26, but the market was steady for the animals that still moved. “I didn’t see any change from the previous week. Everything was fully steady on the feeder cattle,” said Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden.

Heartland Livestock Services named market of the year

The Canadian Angus Association salutes the Virden staff

The Canadian Angus Association (CAA) has named Heartland Livestock Services from Virden, Manitoba with the Auction Market of the Year. CAA director of field services, Brian Good, and Manitoba field staff, Lois McRae, presented the award in Winnipeg at the recent Livestock Markets Association of Canada annual conference. Heartland Livestock Services has been connecting buyers


Weekly livestock auction

For week ending Nov. 22, 2013

The first real snowfall of the year, seen on Nov. 17, didn’t keep the cattle away at Manitoba’s auction yards during the week ended Nov. 22. The snow made for some messier conditions and caused a few cancellations here and there, but overall didn’t interfere too much with cattle marketing in Manitoba during the week.

Fall cattle run carries on strong at Manitoba markets

Weekly livestock auction results for week ending Nov. 8, 2013

Manitoba auction yards were very busy again during the week ended Nov. 8, according to Robin Hill of Heartland Livestock Services at Virden, who noted the fall run should wrap up near the end of the month. “Volume was great this week,” he said, adding that over 5,000 cattle went through the auction yard at