Canfax fed steer and heifer prices closed the week around $150/cwt, mostly steady with the previous week. Last week dressed sales were reported from $250.50-251.75 FOB lot. Cattle that traded last week were being booked for late August/early September delivery. On a cash-to-cash basis Alberta fed prices are trading at roughly $5.75/cwt discount against the Nebraska market, the weakest basis since December. US buying interest on the western Canadian fed market was non-existent.
Last week the Canfax average feeder steer and heifer prices closed the week slightly lower. Heavier weight feeders continue to trade at or near annual price highs while calf prices have been under pressure for the past thirty days. Last week heifers over 800 lbs traded fully steady and are $6/cwt higher than last year. Alberta calf prices are trading at roughly a $6/cwt premium against the US market. Alberta weekly auction volumes totaled just over 24,000 head. Canadian feeder cattle exports to the US for the week ending July 24th totaled 2,309 head.
Last week Alberta D2 cow prices traded fully steady and live trade was reported from $75-89/cwt. D3 cows averaged $73/cwt. Butcher bulls traded $0.50/cwt lower to average $111/cwt and live trade was reported from $100-127/cwt. Canadian butcher bull exports to the US for the week ending July 24th totaled 1,232 head.
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