Producers and buyers were able to push through the snow from the Alberta clipper, to attend the March 5 sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. There were 400 sheep and goats delivered for this sale. The Manitoba buyers were selective on quality, creating some extreme bidding pressures, following similar Ontario patterns.
There was no clear separation in the price bidding between wool and hair ewes, at this sale. Bids on all ewes were lower compared to the last sale, but this is following the past few weeks of the Ontario trend. The higher-quality ewes at this sale price ranged from $0.58 to $0.90 per pound, for ewes ranging in weight from 98 to 175 pounds. Bidding was lower on some ewes due to physical characteristics. The class of these ewes had a price range from $0.20 to $0.49 per pound.
The selection of rams, was higher than the last sale. Two 145-pound Dorper-cross rams brought $140.65 ($0.97 per pound). A 175-pound Dorper-cross ram brought $134.75 ($0.77 per pound). A 165-pound Katahdin-cross ram brought $120.45 ($0.73 per pound). A group of 223-pound Cheviot-cross and a 223-pound Suffolk-cross ram brought $176.17 ($0.79 per pound).
The heavyweight lambs continued with a soft bidding from the buyers at this sale. The selection was a bit limited for the sale market. The price ranged from $112.70 to $132.99 for weights ranging from $0.93 to $0.98 per pound. There was an exception of a 145-pound Dorset-cross lamb brought $82.65 ($0.57 per pound).
The buyers appeared to be showing more of a demand on the lighter-weight market lambs. The selection of the market lambs was divided in the weight range from 95 to 99 pounds. These lambs brought $1.10 to $1.17 per pound. Slightly heavier lambs in the weight range of 110 to 105 pounds brought a price range from $0.97 to $1.06 per pound.
The demand continued for the feeder lambs following the prices of the last sale. The weight of the feeder lambs ranged from 80 to 94 pounds with a price range of $1.07 to $1.24 per pound. This classification of lambs dominated this sale.
For a special treat for the various buyers three 88-pound milk-fed lambs were presented for sale prompting some exciting bidding for a final price of $147.40 ($1.675 per pound).
A group of 73-pound lambs brought $89.79 ($1.23 per pound). Thirteen 78-pound Suffolk-cross lambs brought $94.38 ($1.21 per pound). There were three groups of lambs at the weight of 75 pounds. Four Cheviot-cross lambs brought $84.75 ($1.13 per pound). A Suffolk-cross lamb brought $89.25 ($1.19 per pound). Fifteen Dorper-cross brought $89.25 ($1.19 per pound).
Ten 63-pound Suffolk-cross lambs brought $78.75 ($1.25 per pound). Twenty 66-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $81.18 ($1.23 per pound). There were three groups of 65-pound lambs for this sale. A Dorper-cross lamb brought $83.20 ($1.28 per pound). A Suffolk-cross lamb brought $77.35 ($1.19 per pound). Four Dorper-cross lambs brought $83.20 ($1.28 per pound).
Two 53-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $66.25 ($1.25 per pound). Two 55-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $70.13 per pound.
A 45-pound Dorper-cross lamb brought $54.90 ($1.22 per pound).
The classification of goat does was presented by a 100-pound Boer-cross nanny that brought $97.50 ($0.96 per pound). The other was a 115-pound Saanen-cross nanny which brought $107.50 ($0.93 per pound).
The selection of bucks was limited. A 185-pound Boer-cross buck brought $200 ($1.08 per pound). A 195-pound Alpine-cross buck brought $237.50 ($1.22 per pound).
Two 158-pound Boer-cross wethers brought $135 ($0.85 per pound).
A group of six 89-pound Alpine-cross and Boer-cross bucklings brought $121 ($1.36 per pound). Ten 89-pound Boer-cross wethers brought $106 ($1.19 per pound).
Ten 77-pound Boer-cross bucklings brought $136 ($1.19 per pound).
Two 68-pound Boer-cross bucklings brought $100 ($1.47 per pound). A group of nine 61-pound Alpine-cross and Boer-cross bucklings brought $88 ($1.44 per pound). Two 65-pound Pygmy-cross bucklings brought $71 ($1.09 per pound).
A group of six 58-pound Alpine-cross and Boer-cross bucklings brought $97 ($1.67 per pound).
Two 43-pound Alpine bucklings brought $70 ($1.63 per pound).
A 30-pound Boer-cross goat kid brought $50 ($1.67 per pound). A 35-pound Boer-cross goat kid brought $50 ($1.43 per pound).
The Ontario Stockyard Report continues to show that sheep prices are dropping and have been declining for quite some sales. The lightweight lambs kept the buyers due to the demand on these lambs. However, other classes of lambs were steady. The goat prices remain constant and have been for numerous sales in the past.
U.S. Farm Report (03/02/2013) states the traditional Easter lamb dinner will be higher in cost. The USDA forecast that the prices in 2013 will be higher, as there is a small lamb crop and the availability is down by three per cent.