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Fall run begins at Manitoba cattle auctions

The annual rush is nicely underway and expected to last through the month of October

Cattle prices in Manitoba remained strong throughout the month of September, and prices have firmed up as the fall run begins. “We’re going to see volume get fairly big after Thanksgiving,” remarked Robin Hill of Virden’s Heartland Livestock Auction on Oct. 9. “Volumes at every auction mart are going to increase drastically.” Last week, auctions across Manitoba saw

Lower cattle supplies supportive for prices

Pastures remain in good condition, pre-empting the fall run

Prices have been strong for butcher and feeder cattle, supported mainly by low numbers of cattle heading to auction in Manitoba. The expected fall run has been delayed by unseasonably warm temperatures across most of Manitoba, as pastures have remained in good condition. “Because we’ve had good fall weather, that’s kept cattle out on pasture


Prices hold steady at Brandon livestock auction

Weak Canadian dollar aids prices

Prices at Heartland Livestock’s Brandon auction were firm on Sept. 22, compared to the previous week’s sale, according the auction’s Keith Cleaver. “The prices are actually pretty good,” he said, adding that the drop in the Canadian dollar probably lent some support to cattle prices. Feeder steers in the 700- to 800-lb. class went for

Cattle prices strong as fall run continues

Manitoba cattle have seen interest from both the west and east

Cattle prices were strong at auctions across Manitoba during the week ended Sept. 18, as more cattle head to auction for the fall run. “Now that harvest is tapering off, we’re going to see more cattle coming in,” said Tyler Slawinski, an auctioneer at the Gladstone Auction Mart. He noted some areas of the province

Activity slow to pick up at Manitoba cattle auctions

Below-average cattle counts at sales were supportive for feeder prices

Many cattle auctions across Manitoba came back from summer breaks during the week ended Sept. 3, but the volume of cattle at auction was below average. “I think it’ll be awhile before it’s busy because there’s a lot of grass out there,” Harold Unrau, manager of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart, said. “It’ll probably be towards


U.S. frozen pork supplies shrink to nine-year low in July

U.S. cold storage facilities haven’t been so low on pork inventory since 2011

U.S. frozen pork inventories fell in July to the lowest monthly level in nine years, the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) said Aug. 24, even after meat-packing plants shut by COVID-19 came back online. The data coincided with China reporting a record volume of pork imports in July after an outbreak of African swine fever reduced

Cattle prices stronger despite summer doldrums

Fall calf run is still a few weeks away and could be rain delayed

Cattle prices at Heartland’s Virden auction have gained strength in recent weeks, due in part to consistent demand and few active auctions across the province. Many auctions across Manitoba take the summer off, but Heartland and Winnipeg Auction Mart held sales this week. “Feeder and fed cattle took a nice run of increases over the past two weeks,” remarked Heartland Virden’s

Markets firming for both slaughter and feeder cattle

Reduced placements and a strong slaughter pace are supportive

Slow summer activity continued at the few Manitoba cattle auction yards that held sales during the first week of August. The general trend in the market remained pointed higher, though, as the slaughter backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continued to be worked through. “There are a couple of key drivers,” analyst Anne Wasko of


Butcher cattle prices stay steady across province

Low animal numbers have been met with steady demand

Butcher cattle prices have held strength at cattle auctions scattered across Manitoba, due to low numbers at auction and steady demand. “The butcher market remains fully steady, with stable demand supporting prices,” commented Harold Unrau of Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart. During the week ended July 30, Grunthal and Winnipeg held auctions, servicing approximately 300 cattle.

Cattle prices maintain strength into summer

Thin trade does make it hard to get a handle on market

Feeder cattle prices have held strength during the summer doldrums at cattle auctions in Manitoba. “It’s tough to get a gauge because we only had about 25 or 30,” remarked Scott Anderson of Winnipeg Livestock Auction. “But based on numbers and quality, prices were steady.” Feeder steers between 800 and 900 pounds were between $155