Last week, Canfax fed steer and heifer price closed around $174.75/cwt, $0.75/cwt higher than the previous week. Fed cattle prices are $25/cwt higher than last year. Last week dressed sales were reported from $291.50-292.50/cwt FOB the lot. Most of the cattle that traded last week were being scheduled for late August/early September delivery. Last week on a cash-to-cash basis, Alberta fed prices were at a $4/cwt discount against the Nebraska market. This is one of the strongest cash to cash basis levels seen this year. For the week ending July 23rd, Western Canadian steer carcass weights average 883 lbs, 2 lb smaller than last year.
The Canfax average steer and heifer price closed the week $1.50-3.00/cwt lower. Lower prices were noted on all classes of cattle except 900+ lb steers and heifers. Alberta 5-600 lb steer and heifers traded $1-3/cwt lower last week. Feeders weighing from 8-900 lb were reported $4‑5/cwt weaker. Western Canadian barley prices have moved lower over the past couple of weeks. Alberta weekly auction volumes totaled just under 6,000 head, 17,500 head smaller than last year. Canadian feeder cattle exports to the U.S. for the week ending July 16th totaled 2,839 head. For the middle of July, this is the largest export volume since 2015.
Alberta D2 cows traded $2.25/cwt higher last week, and live trade was reported from $100‑121/cwt. D3 cows averaged $98.50/cwt. Butcher bulls traded fully steady to average $131.25/cwt and trade was reported from $110-150/cwt. Canadian butcher bull exports to the U.S. for the week ending July 16th totaled 1,140 head. YTD bull exports to the U.S. are 15% higher than last year.
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