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Demand for lambs and goats remains high

$136 $172.38 110+ lbs.: 95 110 lbs.: 80 94 lbs.: under 80 lbs.:

EWES LAMBS

n/a $145 $156.55

$78.75 $141 $102.90

35-49 lbs.

Ontario Stockyards Inc. Market Report

GOATS

Jan. 15/2010 Jan. 25/2010

Feb. 5/2010

LAMBS

Jan. 15/2010 Jan. 25/2010

Feb. 5/2010

1.86 1.84 1.86 1.84

1.86 1.84

5 80 lbs.

2.83 -2.75

50-75 lbs.

2.94 2.58 2.10 1.92

2.59 2.63

Does-mature

Bucks-mature

1.50 1.47 80.00 110.00 150.00 200.00

1.50 1.60 80.00 110.00 150.00 220.00

1.50 1.60 80.00 110.00 150.00 250.00

80 95 lbs.

2.15 -0.92

2.00 1.99

over 95 lbs.

1.63 1.79 1.65 1.73

1.68 1.77

over 110 lbs.

1.32 1.36 1.36 1.45

1.18 1.38

The Winnipeg Livestock Auction on Feb. 4 had a low quantity of lambs and goats for the buyers in their bidding wars. The demand for lambs and goats remains – extremely high.

Market lambs were the strong category with the majority in numbers. The various groups of those market lambs entering the arena, kept the interest with solid bidding. Buyers appear to be preparing for the Easter season, expecting a shortage of lambs and goats.

The producers were benefiting, with the higher prices. The market lambs were within the price range of $1.45 per lb. -$1.55 per lb.

The one group of feeder lambs, 94 pounds, brought $141 ($1.50/lb.). Plus, the Dorper-cross lamb, being lightweight, 70 pounds, brought $102.90 ($1.47/lb.).

There were no rams at this sale.

The ewes at this sale, were ranging in price between 77.5 cents per pound and 92.5 cents per pound. There was one young ewe that caught the audience attention, thus causing some wild bidding. This young Cheviotcross ewe, 130 pounds, brought $157.30 ($1.21/lb.).

The selection of the various goats categories was very limited or even nil in some. There were no does, at this sale. There were only two Boer-cross bucks; the first buck 110 pounds, brought $145 ($1.32/lb.) and the second buck, 185 pounds, brought $195 ($1.05/lb.). Once again, only two Boer-cross wethers were for sale. The first wether brought the top prize for the whole sale, this 75-pound wether, brought $121 ($1.61/lb.). While the second Boercross wether, 55 pounds, brought $72.75 ( $1.32/lb.).

It was the day for the specialized goats, as the pygmy-cross goats were well represented. The tendencies of the lightweight pygmy goats – produced the lower dollar average.

However, two pygmy-cross bucks,

60 pounds, brought $94 ($1.57/lb.). The combination of a pygmy doe and buck, 30 pounds, brought $39 ($1.30/ lb.). The small pygmy-cross buckling,

20 pounds, brought $20 ($1/lb.).

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