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Drought takes hold over Manitoba cattle markets

Drought takes hold over Manitoba cattle markets

U.S. cattle are being shipped north for slaughter

As the drought in Manitoba continued to take hold on the province’s cattle industry, Tyler Slawinski, an auctioneer for the Ashern and Gladstone auction marts, noted two important points. One: some producers in the Interlake region have completely dispersed their cattle because of feed shortages and high prices, as well as the lack of water

Dry conditions support cattle auction traffic

Dry conditions support cattle auction traffic

Solid demand remains supportive for prices

Dry pastures and mounting concerns over feed availability going forward kept cattle moving through the auction yards still open in Manitoba during the first week of July. Prices held relatively steady for most classes of feeder cattle, while large numbers put some pressure on the butcher trade in some cases. “Usually we’d take every second


Cattle auctions slow down for summer

Cattle auctions slow down for summer

Some auctions are anticipating an early return if dry conditions continue

Entering July, some Manitoba cattle auction sites either are or will soon take their summer break. But continuing drought-like conditions may increase selling demand for cattle producers and auction sites could see their summer vacation be shorter than normal. “We had our last regular sale for the summer break here (on June 29),” said Tyler

Rains, weaker loonie help cattle producers

Rains, weaker loonie help cattle producers

Chicago August live cattle last week touched contract highs

Another week saw another summertime decline in the number of cattle going through the rings at Manitoba auction sites for the week ended June 17. In total, 2,449 feeders and butchers were sold at auction sites over the week, with only Ashern and Ste. Rose du Lac not conducting sales. That’s down from the 3,107 animals

Cattle numbers likely to drop as prices hold steady

Cattle numbers likely to drop as prices hold steady

Lack of regrowth on pastures may send more cattle to market

Prices at six of Manitoba’s eight cattle auctions didn’t see much movement overall for the week ended June 3. Now on a biweekly schedule, the auction marts at Ashern and Ste. Rose skipped this week, with their next sales on June 9 and 10 respectively. At Winnipeg Livestock Sales, field representative Scott Anderson said slaughter


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

Weather, slaughter market warming up

Weather, slaughter market warming up

A continued dry spell could boost demand for sales

Fewer cattle went through the rings at Manitoba auction sites during the week ending May 13, but the slaughter market is seeing higher numbers as the mercury rises. With temperatures hovering around 20 C across southern Manitoba in the midst of dry conditions, more producers chose to sell butcher cattle earlier than expected. At least 610 were sold during

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 market holds strong in face of challenges ahead

Cattle market holds strong in face of challenges ahead

Current dry conditions and high prices for feed add pressure

Despite recently backing off, Manitoba’s cattle market maintained some strength for the week ended April 8, according to Gladstone Auction Mart auctioneer Tyler Slawinski. The market, he said, is not as strong as it was at its peak about four weeks ago. “Fewer cattle are moving. Everybody is either cleaning out or they have cleaned out due

Pre-Easter lull and weather hit cattle market volume

Pre-Easter lull and weather hit cattle market volume

Despite scant supply, prices held up nicely

Aspring snowstorm and holiday shutdowns ahead of the Easter long weekend limited activity at Manitoba’s cattle auction yards during the week ended April 1, but prices — for what moved — were solid. Snow and strong winds led to highway closures across the Prairies on March 29 to 30. “Producers didn’t want to take their