Friday, December 9, 2011

Report on 2011 Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Sales

The Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Fall Sales are now over. The last sale was held yesterday, although we do have two spring sales coming up in 2012.

Canadian Angus Association commercial field staff put on a lot of miles this fall; we only missed attending 3 locations.

Our field staff report that sales have been good right across Canada. The demand has been strong for Angus cattle in every weight division, both heifers and steers. Prices have also been strong. When good quality cattle were identified with Angus tags, they sold at the top of the sale. Demand for Angus tagged cattle was strong across the country throughout the fall run. Demand for Angus tagged cattle has increased over last year and commercial field staff received lots of questions from customers and feedlot staff about the tag program.

There is also lots of demand for red and black bred Angus cattle. People have even been willing to pay a little more for solid coloured cattle this fall.

This year was the first year for our Feedlot of the Year Awards. Wherever I went in Western Canada, people had heard about the awards and commented about them. I also talked to a lot of people about our Auction Market of the Year Award. Once again, I'd like to congratulate Ferme d'Anjou et Fils, winner of our Eastern Canada Feedlot of the Year Award; High Ridge Feeders and Shannondale Farm, winner of our Western Canada Feedlot of the Year Award; and to Assiniboia Livestock Auction, winner of our Auction Market of the Year Award.

Angus breeders should be very happy. This is the best fall I've ever seen in the beef cattle industry. Several of the old timers I've talked to have had the same thing. The best part is that there's enough of a shortage of cattle that prices should remain strong into next year.

Posted by Brian Good