A strong fall cattle run is nearing an end for 2017.
Auction marts in Southern Manitoba had steady prices and lots of cattle going through the sales ring.
“We saw a slow down a little bit on the feeder cattle this past week. We had 870 head and about 180 head of butcher cattle” said Allan Munroe owner of Killarney Auction Mart.
Killarney still has two bred cow sales before the end of the year. “This coming Monday is really the last day I would promote people come out and sell feeder calves. The sale we have just the week before Christmas is really just people cleaning out odds and ends and the big feeder orders are pulled by that time.”
Munroe calls the fall cattle run outstanding with prices far better than people were anticipating heading into the season.
“I would never have guessed we would see the prices we’ve had and it held. It stayed strong right up until a few weeks ago when there was a marginal correction of about a dime but prices have remained steady since that point.”
Munroe hopes prices remain steady in 2018 because he says there have been record numbers of cattle being sold and those purchasers want to make money so he hopes prices remain where they are and those people return with the cattle next fall.