Last week the Canfax fed steer price closed around $160.25/cwt, $5/cwt higher than the previous week. Fed prices are $10/cwt higher than last year but $3.50/cwt lower than 2020. Last week dressed sales were reported from $257.00-276.50/cwt FOB lot. One packer was limiting the amount of cattle that they were buying from each producer. Cattle that traded last week were being scheduled for the week of February 14 and 21 delivery.
The Canfax average feeder steer price closed last week steady while heifer prices eased $1.50/cwt. Year over year the largest price increase is on steers over 900 lb, $20/cwt higher than a year ago. Last week heifers weighing from 7-900 lb traded $1-3/cwt lower while same weight steers traded $1/cwt weaker. Alberta 550 lb steer prices were steady while heifer calves strengthened $2/cwt. Western Canadian calf and feeder indices closed the week at $213.71/cwt and $193.63/cwt respectively. Alberta weekly auction volumes totaled just over 40,000 head last week. Canadian feeder cattle exports to the US for the week ending January 8 totaled 1,766 head.
Alberta D2 cows traded $2.75/cwt higher last week and live trade was reported from $70-84/cwt. D3 cows averaged $66/cwt. Butcher bulls traded $3.25/cwt lower to average $101/cwt and live trade was reported from $85-115/cwt. Canadian butcher bull exports to the U.S. for the week ending January 8 totaled 144 head.
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