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Cull cow prices down slightly this past fall

Prices for cull cows are down slightly this fall, but are still fetching a higher-than-usual premium, says provincial livestock market analyst Jason Wood.

Cull cow prices averaged $85.50 per cwt in September (down $4.50 from August) and were just 16 cents lower than that in the first half of October. However, during the week of Oct. 15, prices were $9.60 per cwt over the U.S.

“That is more than $3 per cwt higher than the five-year average for the same week,” said Wood. Based on the seasonal trend, prices “could range between mid-$70 and mid-$80 per cwt for the remainder of 2018,” he added.

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