The buyers were present but the sheep and goats were missing in action at the latest sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction.
At times it felt like walking the streets of a ghost town at the March 7 event, with just 69 animals continuing a trend towards low animal supply.
A 125-pound Rideau-cross lamb represented the heavy-weight class. This lamb brought $162.56 ($1.30/lb.). The ringmaster became immediately aware, this lamb was going to control the ring, and his stay was short.
No market lambs were delivered.
The demand for the feeder lambs was apparent from the strong bidding. The price ranged from $2.49 to $2.53/lb., for weights ranging from 81 to 88 pounds. The exceptions were 11 92-pound Dorset-cross lambs which brought $2.02/lb.
The bidding for the lightweight lambs dropped quickly. Buyers had little interest and seemingly it was too early for the Easter buying from the general public, giving buyers the upper hand in the ring. The 48-pound lambs brought $2.175/lb. A 75-pound lamb brought $2.51/lb. and a 58-pound lamb brought $2.21/lb. A 60-pound lamb brought $1.40/lb.
When the goats hit the ring the small selection meant even less excitement. Prices have been in a funk since they fell before this past Christmas and there’s nothing happening in eastern Canadian markets to stimulate or even maintain prices.
The Ontario Stockyard Report demonstrates this trend is continuing, with bidding just reaching established prices. New-crop lambs are only a few dollars higher than older lambs of similar weight.