Daily Cattle Report

April 23, 2018

Slaughter Report Last updated April 23, 2018

Feeder Report Last updated April 23, 2018

Alberta Cattle Industry Market Report

Alberta direct cattle sales last week saw light trade develop with weighted average steer and heifer prices closing the week at 157.50 and 156.25 respectively. Prices are 2.00 higher than the previous week. All reported cash sales traded locally. Looking at the non-fed market butcher cows and bulls traded steady to 2.00 lower through commercial auction facilities last week. Non-fed prices are trading 13.00-17.00 lower than the same time last year.  

Last week Live Rail
Steers --- 262.00-264.00
Heifers --- 262.00-264.00

In the cow and bull trade in Southern on Friday

D1, D2 Cows D3 Cows Bulls
94.00-104.00 78.00-88.00 115.00-122.00

US Trade

In the US, trade stretched from Wednesday to Friday. Dressed sales in the North were 2.00-4.00 higher than the previous week while southern regions traded 2.00-5.00 higher on a live basis. Last Friday's cattle on feed report should be viewed as neutral as March placements and marketings were right in line with pre-report estimates. Cattle on feed inventories as of April 1st are 7% larger than last year.

Last week

Live Rail
Choice Steers 121.00-122.00 (South) 193.00-195.00 (North)
Choice Heifers 121.00-122.00 (South) 193.00-195.00 (North)

National slaughter cows traded:

Boner Cows Rail Avg
Over 500 lbs 124.08

Canadian Dollar

The nearby Canadian dollar at 8:30 this morning was trading at 78.01, down 0.50

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

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

April June August
120.12, +0.77 105.17, +1.45 104.97, +1.17

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 Southern Alberta on Friday

  Steers Heifers
900+ 160.00-165.00 149.00-159.00
800-900 173.00-183.00 158.00-182.00
700-800 193.00-204.00 179.00-214.00
600-700 212.00-224.00 177.00-198.00
500-600 235.00-251.00 192.00-208.00
400-500 --- 202.00-219.00
300-400 --- ---
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

Report for the week of April 16, 2018

Western Canadian fed prices have trended lower for four straight weeks, with new annual lows being established. Hovering in the mid $150’s for the past two weeks, feedlots have likely just started to sell cattle at a loss. A lot of the calves placed against the second quarter fed market have breakevens in the upper $150’s.  In terms of fed supplies, we are in a transition phase as yearling supplies are dwindling, and calves are starting to come onto the market. Most of the dressed sales this week were reported at $260.00 delivered. First quarter fed cattle exports totaled 65,182 head, 20% lower compared to last year and 22% lower compared to 2016.

Alberta feeder prices firmed higher last week on renewed grass interest and tightening supplies. Grass type 500-700 lb steers saw prices rebound $8.00-9.50 higher than the previous week and heifers generally traded $3.00 higher. A modest offering of feeders over 700 lbs traded widely on varied quality. The Alberta feeder index ended the week higher at $178.23, and the calf index surged to $207.54. Weekly auction volumes totaled 20,271 head and YTD auction volumes are 8% lower than year ago at 374,352 head. Feeder exports to the US for the week ending March 31st were 14% larger than the previous week at 10,620 head, and YTD are total 58,595 head.

Non-fed cattle saw continued good demand and prices firmed $2.50-3.50 higher than the previous week. Dressed slaughter cow bids were reported around $182.00-187.00 delivered. Butcher bull prices typically firm higher through the first half of the year and prices this week once again climbed to a new annual high. Western Canadian non-fed slaughter for the week ending April 7th was 7,308 head, and YTD is 8% larger totaling 120,356 head. Canadian non-fed exports to the US for the week ending March 31st eased modestly to 2,748 head and YTD total 31,868.


  • Fed carcass weights should continue to trend smaller
  • US fed prices rebounded last week and the local market hit downside price resistance
  • Spring grilling demand is pent up and active buying should develop with better weather   


  • The Canadian dollar continues to test $80.00 resistance
  • Out front packer inventories are comfortable
  • March feeder placements were the fifth largest since Canfax reporting began in 2000

detailed information on markets this week please visit the Canfax website www.canfax.ca.

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