Price instability creating challenges for producers

There appears to be little correlation between 
prices this year and previous years

There were more animals of lesser quality at the most recent sheep and goat sale held Feb. 1 at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction. Producers delivered 212 animals, compared to just 141 at the previous sale in January, but the quality was noticeably lower. Markets have been very unstable and producers appear to be finding it […] Read more

Sales results a hopeful indication for the new year

Strong bidding and plenty of quality animals across all classes is a great start to the year

A total of 141 sheep and goats was presented at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction’s first sale of 2017 on Jan. 18, as attendees enjoyed spring-like melting weather. While it’s difficult to predict exactly how the year will unfold, this sale set a positive example for the rest of the year to follow. Buyers were bidding […] Read more

Higher demand seen for feeder lambs

Last sale before Christmas featured buyers filling holiday orders

The last sale of 2016 saw 350 sheep and goats delivered to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction on Dec. 21. Buyers were ready to fill market demand for the Christmas season and prepare for the coming new year. The next sale was January 11, 2017. The ewe class was represented about equally by wool and hair […] Read more

Beef cattle market continues to see volatility

Coming off two years of solid prices, cattle producers are adjusting to the realities to today’s market

There’s just one way to describe the beef market over the past five years — volatile. Benjamin Hamm, farm management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, says that’s the only thing that comes to mind when he looks at the market. “In 2015 we had some crazy highs, up to $3.75 and even a few spikes to […] Read more

BeefTalk: Lower prices need lower costs

The first step to lowering costs is knowing the costs

The daily CattleFax report just popped into my email and was not the positive news one would like. The Oct. 10 values were $98.87 for live cattle and $124.65 for feeder cattle (all figures U.S. funds). I had a simple thought: “What, two-digit live-cattle prices!” My second thought: “We have got to get costs down!” […] Read more

Herd decisions continue to fuel supply

More than 500 animals were at the October 19 sale

With fall heading quickly to winter, sheep and goat producers continue to eye herd quality when marketing their animals. Information from Eastern Canada markets suggests there’s still strong demand for animals in all weight classifications, and producers responded by bringing 500 sheep and goats to markets Oct. 19 at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. There appeared to […] Read more

Cool weather brings hair lambs to auction

Strong bidding for a good selection of feeder lambs; no price difference between wool and hair types

Producers delivered 450 sheep and goats to the Oct. 5 sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. There was no indication that the producers had any concerns about lower prices caused by stock left over from earlier sales. Feeder lambs and ewes dominated the sale. The young meat goat kids were of show quality and drew the […] Read more

Hangover from last large sale limits bidding

Buyers still met sellers, but action was muted compared to the last sale

The latest sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction was smaller than the previous large sale, and suffered from a bit of a hangover from the volume of animals that came to market at that event. Bidding was fairly consistent with the last sale, but some classifications saw slightly lower prices, as buyers proved […] Read more

Local buyers met with quality sheep, goats

A large sale meant buyers had excellent choice in all classes of animals

A large sale attracted 1,200 sheep and goats to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction Sept. 7, supplying the local market with a wide variety of animals. Producers took advantage of the interest generated by the local ethnic holiday season by reducing herd size and selling animals before the Christmas rush. Local buyers as a result enjoyed […] Read more

Good numbers of goats attract strong interest

The feeder lamb quality was also high, attracting some active bidding

There were nearly equal numbers of sheep and goats among the 500 animals delivered for the Winnipeg Livestock Auction sale on August 3. A good selection of various classification of goats created high interest for the buyers, as there have been limited numbers for recent sales. Sheep The quality of the Dorper-cross ewes that entered […] Read more