Once again, prices at the Stratton sales barn topped those at the larger Manitoba sales last weekend, with just over 1,200 calves passing through the local ring.
“It went good, we were fairly pleased with the prices,” noted Tom Morrish, president of the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association.
“The prices were down from last year but according to all reports, our prices were strong compared to what they had in Winnipeg,” he added.
For the most part, the sale, which ran from about 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., remained about eight to 10 cents per pound above Winnipeg prices.
Morrish noted the Rainy River Feeder-Finance Co-operative has continued to play a big role in local sales.
“We had a strong [number of] Feeder Finance buyers there and that probably is what kept prices up,” he said. “A lot of the cattle sold last year through Feeder Finance came back this year as yearlings.”
Adding to the sale, buyers from southeastern Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota are becoming regulars at the Stratton sales barn since the new ring scale was installed last year.
They lined the buyers’ table again last weekend.
Fine-tuning also continued at the barn as the efficiency in moving the sold cattle was improved.
“We re-arranged some of our receiving pens for the sold cattle and we were using horses to herd them,” said Morrish.
One more cattle auction, the “Top of the Line Sale,” will be held Oct. 20 at the Stratton sales barn.
“That’s just the breeding stock, probably just some of the local breeders trading cattle off for some people who want to increase their herd a bit,” explained Morrish.