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Prairie Auction Marts see an increase in volumes

It was a busy week at auction marts across the Prairies with more animals moving to town.

The information below is based on the Manitoba Cattle Marketing Report, Saskatchewan Cattle Marketing Report and the Canfax Report for Alberta Beef Producers.

In Manitoba:

The Manitoba Cattle Marketing Report shows 8,658 animals moved through seven of the province's eight auction marts last week.

Manitoba showed feeder steer prices ranged from an average of $451.21 per cwt for the 401 to 500 pound weights to $320.83 per cwt for the 801 to  900 pound category.

The biggest increase in feeder steer prices was in the 501 to 600 pound weights up $10.68 per cwt for an average price of $425.18 cwt.

Feeder heifer prices ranged from an average of $ 392.57 per cwt for the 401 to 500 pound weights to $246.88 per cwt for the 901 + category which dropped $12.29 per cwt from the previous week. 

Slaughter cow prices  D1-D2 cows were up $3.93 for an average of $156  per cwt, and D3's were up $6.70 per cwt for an average of $134.70 per cwt.

Slaughter bull prices were up $11.21 from the previous week for an average of $183.57 per cwt.

In Saskatchewan:

Canfax reported 13,188 head of feeder cattle moved through Saskatchewan auction marts over the past week, up from the 3,981 head marketed last week.

Saskatchewan steer prices ranged from an average of $424.88 per cwt for the 500 to 600 pound weights, down to $321.93 per cwt for the 800-900 pound category.

Feeder heifer prices were mixed but mostly down as compared to the last couple of weeks. 

Prices ranged from $391.50 per cwt for the 400-500lb heifers, down to $303.40 per cwt in the 800+lb category.

In Alberta:

The number of cattle moving through Alberta auction marts totalled just over 35,000 head, 21,000 head larger than the same week last year. 

Canadian feeder cattle exports to the U.S. for the week ending March 30th totalled 3,363 head. Year-to-date feeder cattle exports to the U.S. are 8 per cent larger than last year.

The Canfax report for the Alberta Beef Producers shows fed steers for the week ending April 12 was $249.25 per cwt a price increase of $6.02 from the previous week, setting new record highs, while Alberta heifers weighing from 5-700 pounds traded $10-12/cwt lower than the previous week. 

Alberta cow prices also reported record highs as compared to the previous week.

D2 cows were up $2.86 per cwt for an average of $174.54 per cwt, while  D3's were up $8.73 per cwt for an average of $162.79 per cwt.

Canfax also reported that Canadian feeder cattle exports to the U.S. for the week ending March 30th totalled 3,363 head. Year-to-date feeder cattle exports to the U.S. are 8 per cent larger than last year.

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