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Increased slaughter activity revives optimism at auctions

Chicago live cattle last week climbed to their best levels since early March

Cattle prices at Manitoba auction yards have shown some considerable improvement over the past month, as activity starts to slow down ahead of the summer and earlier disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have largely sorted themselves out for the time being. “It certainly has perked up,” Allan Munroe of Killarney Auction Mart said of

Demand returning to Manitoba cattle sales

An increased pace in beef processing helped lift cash prices and futures

Slaughter and feeder cattle prices in Manitoba have recovered slightly from prior lows caused by processing plant shutdowns due to COVID-19. “Between when they bottomed out two weeks ago and now, we’re probably seeing a spread of about 30 to 50 cents higher,” said Tyler Slawinski, an auctioneer for Ashern and Gladstone’s markets. Slawinski credited the uptick in


Improved demand keeps cattle markets largely steady

Demand outstrips cattle supplies as the spring run comes to an end

Despite some price increases for feeder cattle, markets were largely steady to higher this week, according to Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co. Any gains, he said, were helped by packing plants in Ontario and Alberta taking in more livestock. “It stimulated some (price) activity on the bigger cattle.” Another supportive factor was that the spring run

Heavyweight cattle prices pressured by lack of demand

Plant closures are adding to the usual seasonal lull expected for this time of year

Cattle volumes at auctions across Manitoba are starting to dwindle, which is typical for this time of year. “Numbers are down everywhere,” said Rick Wright of Heartland Order Buying Co., remarking that some auctions had already switched to their summer schedule of holding auctions every two weeks. Prices for feeder cattle below 750 pounds have held steady, but

Supply chain problems weigh on cattle prices

Locals who usually seek cattle for grazing are staying clear of auctions

Auction markets across the province are feeling the burden of COVID-19, as supply chain issues have put pressure on feeder and butcher cattle. Feeder cattle prices at Grunthal Livestock Auction Mart were steady to slightly lower during the week ended April 17, with sharper losses observed in butcher cattle prices. Weakness in butcher cattle pricing


Broader cattle market volatility resonates at local level

Meat supply lines are filling up again in the wake of pandemic panic buying

In addition to ongoing COVID-19 social distancing measures, a spring snowstorm also hampered some movement at Manitoba cattle auction yards during the first week of April. Prices were generally steady to higher compared to the previous week, although volatility in global markets was also being felt at a local level. “The cows are still calving,

Limits on border traffic not affecting cattle movement

Manitoba’s cattle sales continue, albeit with social distancing in mind

It wasn’t quite business as usual at Manitoba’s cattle auction yards during the week ended March 27, but cattle were still moving despite the extra COVID-19 pandemic precautions in place. With the Manitoba government declaring a state of emergency, the livestock sector is also practising social distancing. Sales are being held, but with only staff

Auction marts urged to introduce social distance

Cattle are still flowing through auction marts as scheduled

The Livestock Markets Association of Canada wants to see more social distance at auction marts in the wake of COVID-19. The association has released an emergency response policy, asking its members to implement social distancing and prevention measures against the virus. “What we are looking at is trying to get a consistent message out to


Good movement, steady prices at livestock auctions

Futures are recovering from coronavirus reaction

There was good movement through Manitoba’s cattle auction yards during the second week of February, with prices relatively steady for most classes of cattle. “The light cattle are still very strong,” said Allan Munroe, of the Killarney Auction Mart. However, “the big ones took a hit with the drop in the futures a few weeks

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