Last week the Canfax fed steer and heifer price closed around $162/cwt, $0.50/cwt lower than the previous week. Competition on the cash market was limited, and with the potential strike at Canadian Pacific Railways one packer was not bidding on cattle last week. Dressed sales were reported from $269.00-273.50/cwt FOB lot. Cattle that traded last week were being scheduled for the week of April 11th delivery. For the week ending March 5th western Canadian fed slaughter totaled over 47,000 head, the largest weekly slaughter seen this year.
The Canfax average feeder steer and heifer price closed the week $1-2/cwt lower. Last week steers weighing from 6-800 lb traded $2/cwt lower. Alberta steers weighing from 8-900 lb have traded sideways for the past five weeks, ranging from $188-189/cwt. The western Canadian calf index closed the week at $222.95/cwt. Alberta weekly auction volumes totaled just over 35,000 head last week, down 14% from the same time last year. Canadian feeder cattle exports to the U.S. for the week ending February 26th totaled 7,842 head up 316% from last year.
Alberta D2 cows traded $2.75/cwt higher last week and live trade was reported from $85-102/cwt. D3 cows averaged $82/cwt. Butcher bulls traded $0.50/cwt higher to average $116/cwt and live trade was reported from $100-135/cwt. Canadian butcher bull exports to the U.S. for the week ending February 26th totaled 607 head.
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