The Canfax fed steer price closed last week around $152/cwt, fully steady with the previous week. This is the first time in 36 weeks fed prices have been above last year. Last week dressed sales were reported from $252.00-255.50/cwt FOB the lot. Cattle that traded last week were being scheduled for the first half of March delivery. Alberta fed cash to futures basis strengthened going from +$4.77/cwt to +$5.84/cwt.
Last week the Canfax average feeder steer closed the week $3/cwt higher while heifers strengthened $0.75/cwt. The largest week over week price gain was seen on 4-500 lb and 6-700 lb steers with prices up $6/cwt. Heifer calves and light weight stockers are trading steady to $5/cwt higher than last year. Western Canadian calf and feeder indices closed the week at $220.15/cwt and $190.63/cwt respectively. Alberta weekly auction volumes totaled just over 17,000 head. Canadian feeder cattle exports to the US for the week ending February 6th totaled 1,042 head.
Alberta D2 cow prices traded $5.75/cwt higher with live trade reported from $75-89/cwt. Last week D3 cows averaged $69.75/cwt. Butcher bulls traded $5/cwt higher to average $107/cwt and live trade was reported from $90-123/cwt. Canadian butcher bull exports to the US for the week ending February 6th totaled 648 head.
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