The Canfax fed steer price closed last week around $149/cwt, $1/cwt lower than the previous week. Fed prices are at their lowest point in seven weeks. Last week dressed sales were reported from $247-250/cwt FOB the lot. Cattle that traded last week were being scheduled for the week of April 5th and 12th delivery. Last week on a cash to cash basis, Alberta fed prices were trading at an estimated $7.50/cwt premium against the US market.
Last week the Canfax average feeder steer price closed the week $1.50/cwt lower while heifer prices were mostly steady. The largest week over week price decline was on 3-400 pound calves with prices down $5/cwt. Steers over 700 lbs traded $1-2/cwt lower while same weight heifer prices closed the week steady to $2/cwt higher. Western Canadian calf and feeder indices closed the week at $216.61/cwt and $185.02/cwt respectively. Alberta weekly auction volumes totaled just over 41,000 head. Canadian feeder cattle exports to the US for the week ending February 27th totaled 1,884 head.
Alberta D2 cow prices traded fully steady with live trade reported from $80-94/cwt. Last week D3 cows averaged $75.25/cwt. YTD Western Canadian cow slaughter is 17% lower than last year. Butcher bulls traded $1.75/cwt lower to average $105/cwt and live trade was reported from $90-124/cwt. Canadian butcher bull exports to the US for the week ending February 27th totaled 663 head.
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