Canfax fed steer and heifer prices closed last week around $162.25/cwt, $2/cwt lower than the previous week. The last time fed prices averaged over $160/cwt in June was back in 2015, other than 2015 this stands as the second strongest price for June on record. Last week dressed sales were reported from $270-272/cwt FOB the lot. Most of the cattle that traded last week were being scheduled for the week of July 19th delivery. Alberta fed cash to futures basis weakened going from +$14.73 to +$12.23/cwt last week.
Last week the Canfax average feeder steer price closed the week $1.75/cwt higher while heifer prices on average increased $2.25/cwt. Steers and heifers weighing over 700 lbs established new annual price highs. Trading $2/cwt higher last week, Alberta 7-800 lb steer prices are at the highest point since September 2019. The Western Canadian feeder index closed the week at $203.91/cwt. Alberta weekly auction volumes totaled just under 15,000 head. Canadian feeder cattle exports to the US for the week ending June 12th totaled 2,359 head.
Last week Alberta D2 cow prices traded $0.75/cwt lower and live trade was reported from $90-113/cwt. D3 cows averaged $89/cwt. Butcher bulls traded $0.50/cwt higher to average $117.50/cwt and live trade was reported from $100-140/cwt. Canadian butcher bull exports to the US for the week ending June 12th totaled 672 head.
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