Moisture in the driest areas of the province may reduce the number of cows and heifers sold this fall.
A few weeks ago, cattle producers in many southern and central regions of Saskatchewan were looking at scarce feed supplies.
The late harvest means there will be more lower quality feed grain available.
Brian Perrillat is a cattle market analyst with Canfax and said some of the pressure has been alleviated.
“It’s one thing to be short of feed, but when you look at your pasture that’s beat down and not much re-growth, they’re already starting to worry about next year,” he said. “If anything, this moisture hopefully gives them a little bit of piece of mind that they get the cows through the winter, they’ll have some grass next spring.”
Perrillat also noted that sales are up from last year, but are still lower than expected.
“Our concern was once weening hit, then we’d see another hard culling of the cows,” he said. “We’re not seeing that yet.”