With no holidays sparking demand, the latest sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction was a subdued affair, with just 106 animals delivered Feb. 21.
Most market observers are casting an eye towards Easter at the end of this month, and the summer months.
The bidding on the wool ewes did not reach the same level seen at the last sale. The animals offered were of similar weight, and price ranged from $0.80 to $1/lb. An exception was a group of three 155-pound Suffolk-cross ewes, which brought $1.10/lb. Two fancy breed ewes, 206-pound Babydoll ewes, brought $0.62/lb.
The ram class was represented by two 195-pound Dorset-cross rams that brought $0.94/lb. A 255-pound Rideau-cross ram brought $0.98/lb. At the last sale prices had reached $1.15 and $1.23/lb.
A group of seven 124-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $1.65/lb. Another group of six 138-pound Suffolk-cross lambs brought $1.56/lb. Once again, the bidding was much lower in the last sale.
The bidding on the market lambs was only slightly lower, compared to the last sale. Five 101-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $1.72/lb.
The prices ranged for the present and last sale are in similar pattern for the feeder lambs. The price ranged from $1.91 to $1.94/lb.
There were only a group of seven 75-pound Cheviot-cross lambs, representing the lightweight class. These lambs brought $2.01/lb.
The goat doe prices remained fairly constant through the sales. There was a 125-pound Boer-cross doeling that entered the arena, immediately catching the attention of the buyers, bringing $1.32/lb.
Four 93-pound Boer-cross bucks represented the goat buck class, bringing $1.55/lb.
The selection for goat kids increased at this sale. The bidding was very similar with other sales, however, with no major excitement.
The Ontario Stockyard Report clearly indicated that even with less animals supplied, compared to other sales, prices are dropping. The markets are not holding the buyers and the bidding is dropping. The general public are paying for high prices in the stores, not the producers.