The Canfax fed steer and heifer price closed around $179/cwt $0.50/cwt higher than the previous week. Last week, dressed sales were reported from $298.50-300.50/cwt FOB the lot. Lift times were all over the map depending on who bought the cattle. Two packers were buying for September delivery while the other packer was buying cattle for early October delivery. Last week on a cash-to-cash basis Alberta fed prices were estimated at an $8.50/cwt discount against the Nebraska market. Western Canadian fed slaughter for the week ending August 20th totaled over 48,000 head, 2% lower than the same week last year.
The Canfax average feeder steer and heifer price closed the week $4-6/cwt higher. Last week steers and heifers weighing over 700 lb traded $6-11/cwt stronger. Heavier weight feeders are trading at the highest point since 2015. Last week Alberta 5-600 lb steer calves traded $3/cwt higher and are $35/cwt higher than last year. Last week Alberta weekly auction volumes totaled 22,000 head — 13,000 head smaller than last year. Canadian feeder cattle exports to the U.S. for the week ending August 13th totaled 2,615 head. YTD feeder cattle exports to the U.S. are 135% larger than last year.
Alberta D2 cows traded $2.25/cwt higher last week, and live trade was reported from $110‑124/cwt. D3 cows averaged $100/cwt. Butcher bulls were steady averaging $131.25/cwt and trade was reported from $120-149/cwt. Canadian butcher bull exports to the U.S. for the week ending August 13th totaled 1,011 head, YTD bull exports to the U.S. are 6% larger than last year while YTD Canadian bull slaughter volumes are down 21% compared to last year.
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