The drought and producer challenges with trying to find feed are leading some producers to reduce their herds.

The latest cattle marketing report shows in Saskatchewan more cattle are coming to town.

The number of feeder cattle moving through the auction mart more than doubled last week to 7,607 head up from 2,917 the previous week, and up from last year's weekly total of 4,794 head.

Feeder steer prices ranged from $420.00 per cwt for the 400-500lb weight category to $307.20 per cwt for the 900+lb weight category ... feeder heifer prices ranged from $386.25 per cwt for the 300-400 pounders to $290 per cwt for the 800+  weights

The largest price increase was seen in the 800-900lb weight category, with prices improving $6.25 per cwt to end the week averaging $290.00 per cwt. 

In Alberta prices of D2 slaughter cows averaged $150.33, while D3's averaged $134  per cwt.

The rail price for non-fed cattle in Alberta ranged between $285.00-290.00 per cwt while fed steers averaged $232.73  per cwt.

The only prices available out of Manitoba for last week were for D1-D2 cows which had an average price of $133.50 per cwt up $6.50 from the previous week, while slaughter bulls averaged out at $148.88  per cwt up $8.50 from the previous week.