AB Direct - Steers

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US Trade- Steers

Live: 135.00-137.00 (TX, KN), 140.00-144.00 (NE) Last week
Rail: 225.00-232.00 (NE, IA) Last week

US Trade - Heifers

Live: 135.00-137.00 (TX,KN) 140.00-144.00 (NE) Last week
Rail: 225.00-232.00 (NE, IA) Last week

Canadian Dollar

$77.82
0.55
March 28, 2022
by Canfax

Canfax Weekly Article | Report for the week of March 28, 2022

Thankfully the CP Rail lockout was short lived last week and employees were back to work by mid-day Tuesday. The fed market did see disruption with limited orders placed and an overall lack of buying interest. Total sale volumes were too slight to fully establish a weekly price trend, but the underlying tone was generally steady. A handful of dressed trade did develop in Alberta and Saskatchewan at $275/cwt delivered and thin live trade at $161.50/cwt was comparable. Western Canadian fed slaughter for the week ending March 19th was steady with the previous week at 42,755 head and YTD slaughter volumes were up 3%. Canadian steer carcass weights were 2 lbs heavier than the previous week and 3 lbs smaller than the same week last year. Canadian fed cattle/cow exports to the US for the week ending March 12th were steady with the previous week at 12,220 head and YTD are up 6%.

Lackluster interest and the uncertainty of available grain imports pressured the feeder market lower in the west. Light calves from 3 400 lbs were $7/cwt lower and mid-weight calves traded steady to slightly lower. Prices strengthened moving east across the prairies. In Saskatchewan, light-weight calves traded between $4-6/cwt higher than the previous week. Similar to Alberta, mid-weight prices in Saskatchewan were steady to slightly lower. Prices for all weights were down in Manitoba. Auction volumes in Western Canada were down 6,000 head at 46,191 head, and were down 4% from the same week last year. For the week ending March 12th, Canadian feeder cattle exports to the US totaled 5,753 and year to date are up 393% at 60,568 head.

D2 cow prices have rallied higher for a seventh week to average $96.39/cwt and were 10% higher than the five-year historic average. Dressed cow bids rallied $3/cwt higher than the previous week with reports from $183-188/cwt delivered. Butcher bull prices stalled for the first time this year trading modestly lower, but did average a respectable $117.90/cwt.

Bull.

  • The CPR lockout is in the rearview mirror
  • Canadian fed slaughter for the week ending March 19th continued steady at 54,141 head
  • Ontario feedlot fed market supplies and carcass weights are tightening

Bear.

  • The USDA reports February placements were 3% larger than estimates and were up 9% from year ago
  • Market ready fed supplies are ample
  • Escalating inflation and higher wholesale beef prices will be antagonistic

For over 50 years, Canfax has provided expert analysis of markets and trends in the ever changing North American beef industry. In this new millennium, cattlemen, feedlot managers, and agri-business professionals will continue to rely on up-to-the-minute information as an essential tool for maximizing profit in today’s beef sector. Whether your operation needs to plan for three hours or three years into the future, Canfax delivers timely, accurate information for 21st Century cattle industry professionals.

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Canfax, a division of Canadian Cattlemen's Association, has provided expert analysis of markets and trends in the ever changing North American beef industry for over fifty years. In this new millennium, cattlemen, feedlot managers, and agri-business professionals will continue to rely on up-to-the-minute information as an essential tool for maximizing profit in today's beef sector. Whether your operation needs to plan for three hours or three years into the future, Canfax delivers timely, accurate information for 21st Century cattle industry professionals.

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