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Ample supply of sheep, goats as festival season wraps up

Lower bids marked the end of this market cycle, 
while animal numbers held up

Ample supply of sheep, goats as festival season wraps up

As the Muslim festival of Eid wrapped up, a small sale was expected.

However, 600 goats and sheep arrived at Winnipeg Livestock Auction for the September 5 sale. In some cases the animals appeared to be culls, but the size of the sale represented a general reluctance to carry or hold extra animals.

The sheep sale saw a sharp drop in prices offered by bidders. The last sale had a strong demand for various ewes. Many of the ewes were sheared, but showed no price differences. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair ewes. The culls were immediately affected sharply by the low bidding.

Rams appeared to remain similar to the last sale. Although the class was limited in selection — the demand was not apparent. A low-framed, ‘bear-like’ ram entered the arena creating some interest. This ram was a Babydoll-Southdown cross. Another ram that had unspecific characters for identification was viewed due to the large horns. The horns were more of an interest than the ram. This ram appeared to have the horns of a Merino-cross ram.

The heavyweight lambs were of less interest from the last sale — due to the festival wrap-up. Two groups of sheared lambs had a large price drop. Two 120-pound Suffolk-cross lambs continued the stronger bidding, reaching $1.93/lb.

The market lamb class had limited lambs in this class. However, there was a serious price difference between wool and hair lambs — with the wool lambs being the winners.

The feeder lamb class indicated a major difference between the light lambs versus the heavier lambs. Some circumstances showed 10 to 20 cents less for the difference on the hair lambs as well. But the price difference was on the heavier lambs with more buyer interest. The price ranged from $1.92 to $1.97/lb. (for the heavier lambs) and the price ranged from $1.71 to $1.81/lb. (lighter lambs). A group of eight 89-pound Icelandic-cross lambs brought $1.27/lb.

The lightweight lambs had a special surprise for the audience, to recall those early moments of raising the first lambs. A young boy was selling a seven-pound Suffolk-cross and a Cheviot-cross lamb. The bidder was proud to give this boy the top bid ($2.02/lb.) of the day for this weight class. The price generally ranged from $1.72 to $1.89/lb.

The 60-plus lamb class could not maintain the bidding of the 70-plus lambs. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair lambs. The price ranged from $1.695 to $1.76/lb.

The 50-plus lamb class created two price ranges. The upper price range was $1.62 to $1.80/lb. While the lower price range was $1.30 to $1.55/lb.

During the goat sale does remained fairly constant, as they did at the last sale. Buyers were interested in the younger goat does at this sale.

The bidding on the goat bucks was strong, due to the limited supply.

The last sale had supplied many more goat kids than normally available. The decline in bidding clearly indicated a fair drop in the prices. Through the past sales the prices of goat kids of various weights had remained fairly constant. Exotic goats (Angora goat cross) received limited interest at this sale.

The next sale there will be a herd dispersal of Boer-cross nannies (at various stages).

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