Daily Cattle Report

May 19, 2017

Slaughter Report Last updated May 19, 2017

Feeder Report Last updated May 19, 2017

Alberta Cattle Industry Market Report

Alberta direct cattle sales so far this week have seen light trade develop with dressed sales ranging from 292.00-293.00 delivered. Initial sales are 8.00-12.00 lower than last week. Over the past two weeks fed prices have dropped 16.00, moving from the low 190's to now the mid 170's. Buyers were indicating cattle that they bought this week would be picked up by early June.  

Yesterday Live Rail
Steers No trade No trade
Heifers No trade No trade

In the cow and bull trade in Southern Alberta Thursday:

D1, D2 Cows D3 Cows Bulls
105.00-115.00 95.00-105.00 115.00-132.00

US Trade

In the US, around 3,000 head of cattle traded between Iowa and Nebraska with dressed sales fully steady with prices seen on Wednesday and are 10.00 lower than the previous week. Moderate trade was reported in Texas and Kansas with live sales 4.00-5.00 lower than last week. Yesterday weighted average steer prices in Texas settled at 133.96. Cash prices remain at an 11.00 premium against the June live cattle contract.

Yesterday Live Rail
Choice Steers 133.00-134.00 (South) 210.00-214.00 (North)
Choice Heifers 133.00-134.00 (South) 210.00-214.00 (North)

National slaughter cows traded:

Boner Cows Rail Avg
Over 500 lbs 133.71

Canadian Dollar

The nearby Canadian dollar at 8:30 this morning was trading at 73.77, up 0.32

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, in midsession trade, live cattle futures are as follows:

June August October
123.22, +0.30 120.10, +0.45 116.15, +0.35

Replacement Trade

Information provided on this report is supplied by various auction markets throughout Alberta. In reference to the following prices, producers are reminded to check with individual markets on current prices and trends. Prices quoted include top quality cattle only.

Feeder and stocker prices in Northern Alberta on Thursday

  Steers Heifers
900+ n/a 165.00-168.00
800-900 n/a 173.00-185.00
700-800 n/a 185.00-196.00
600-700 217.00-226.00 197.00-218.00
500-600 238.00-250.00 214.00-226.00
400-500 n/a 220.00-227.00
300-400 n/a n/a
Bred Cows Bred Heifers Cow/Calf Pairs
n/a n/a n/a

All information sourced from Statistics Canada, Alberta Agriculture and Canfax.

Canfax Weekly Article

ABP Weekly

Report for the week of May 15, 2017

Following a $14.00 price jump the previous week, fed steer prices realigned sharply $11.00 lower.  Dressed sales for end of May delivery saw prices range from $300.00-305.00 delivered.  US packer interest in the western Canadian fed market was noted and light volumes of western Canadian fed cattle were marketed South.  US buyers were once again looking for quick delivery cattle.  US sales were at a slight premium over local sales.  Depending on freight and dressing percent, US bids were working back to the mid $180’s on a live basis.  Excluding the holiday short week, western Canadian slaughter volumes have been rather consistent over the past seven weeks ranging between 39,500-41,900. 

Alberta feeder prices continued to rally higher last week despite a seasonally large offering.  Broad based buyer interest was observed on calves less than 600 lbs, and the steer/heifer price spread tightened with fewer quality steer calves and more heifers on offer.  Feeders from 600-800 lbs saw prices firm $4.00-5.50 higher than the previous week while larger feeders over 800 lbs trended fully steady to $1.00 higher.  Eastern buying interest continues to focus on heavy weight bunk replacements.  Auction volumes were dramatically large for this time of year, totaling over 31,000 head.  YTD auction volumes are 18% larger than year ago at 548,047 head.  Feeder exports to the US for the week ending April 29th were modestly lower than the previous week at 5,396 head.  YTD feeder exports are 35% below year ago totaling 63,961 head.

Non-fed prices were mixed last week with slaughter cows at auction easing lower and butcher bull prices trending modestly higher.  D1,2 cows were $1.00 lower than the previous week while leaner D3 cows slipped $2.50 lower.  Dressed cow bids were reported at around $207.00-212.00 delivered.  Western Canadian non-fed slaughter for the week ending May 6th was 16% smaller than the previous week totaling 5,453 head.  YTD western non-fed slaughter was 7% larger at 136,727 head.  Feeder cow and D1/2 prices moving forward should remain well supported. 


  • Competition has intensified in the local fed market
  • Fed slaughter volumes are large
  • Pork cutout values have strengthened and production should seasonally decline 


  • Strong cutout values could price retail beef out of the market
  • Market ready fed supplies will increase moving forward
  • Carcass weights are close to a seasonal bottom

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