The Canfax fed steer and heifer price closed the week at around $225/cwt, mostly steady with the previous week. Seasonally, yearling supplies are declining, while fed calf volumes remain light. Last week, dressed sales were reported from $377-380.50/cwt FOB the lot. Most of the cattle that traded were being scheduled for the first half of May delivery. In some instances, cattle will be picked up in seven days. Over the past four weeks, Western Canadian fed slaughter has averaged 40,000 head/week compared to 43,000 head/week last year.
The Canfax average feeder steer and heifer price was $4-5/cwt higher. Alberta 550 lb steer and heifer calves traded $3-6/cwt stronger; prices are $102-107/cwt higher than last year. Heifers weighing more than 800 lb traded $2-3/cwt higher. Alberta 900 lb steers for September delivery traded in the low $270s/cwt. Forward delivery prices for yearlings off grass are record high. The Western Canadian calf index closed the week at $332.37/cwt. Alberta auction volumes totaled just more than 26,000 head, fully steady with the same week last year. Canadian feeder cattle exports to the U.S. for the week ending April 15 totaled 4,917 head; this is the largest weekly export volume seen this year.
Alberta D2 cows traded $6.25/cwt higher than the previous week, and live trade was reported from $131‑162/cwt. D3 cows averaged $126.50/cwt. Alberta cow prices are trading $5/cwt shy of their all-time highs set back in the spring of 2015. Butcher bulls traded fully steady, averaging $155/cwt, with a trading range from $140-172/cwt. Canadian butcher bull exports to the U.S. for the week ending April 15 totaled 476 head.
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