Last week, Canfax fed steer and heifer price closed around $174/cwt, steady with the previous week. Prices are $19/cwt higher than last year and $30/cwt higher than the five-year average. Last week dressed sales were reported from $288.50-290.50/cwt FOB the lot. Pick up times were all over the map, largely dependent on who bought the cattle. Some cattle will be picked up in 1-2 weeks, while others were being scheduled for mid-August delivery. For the holiday short week ending July 2nd, Western Canadian fed slaughter totaled just over 33,000 head, 14% lower than the same week last year.
On a seasonally light run of calves and feeders, the Canfax average steer price closed the week $1.50/cwt lower, while heifers strengthened $1.50/cwt. Week over week, 8-900 lbs feeders saw the largest price increase strengthening $4-7/cwt. Alberta 850 lb steer price is the highest since February 2016. Last week, steers weighting from 5-700 lbs traded $2-6/cwt weaker. Alberta weekly auction volumes totaled just over 7,000 head, 3,000 head larger than last year. Canadian feeder cattle exports to the US for the week ending June 25th totaled 2,940 head.
Alberta D2 cows traded $0.50/cwt higher last week, and live trade was reported from $98‑115/cwt. D3 cows averaged $94.25/cwt. Butcher bulls traded $1.25/cwt higher to average $132/cwt and trade was reported from $118-153/cwt. Canadian butcher bull exports to the US for the week ending June 25th totaled 1,081 head, 39% larger than the same week last year.
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