Producer sales were lower before Easter

But buyer interest was strong, especially for replacement stock available through a herd dispersal

Producers delivered 400 sheep and goats to the April 16 sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction, the last sale before the Easter holiday. Although the number of animals on offer was lower than the previous sale, buyer demand was strong.

The buyers showed high interest in quality ewes. No differences between wool and hair ewes, but the young ewes were more in demand. The young ewes ranged from $0.98 to $1.10 per pound. Bidding dropped off on cull ewes. A herd dispersal of bred Arcott-Dorset-cross ewes drew major interest from producers attending the sale. These ewes and 10 Rideau-cross ewes showed quality and brought a price range from $170 to $180 each.

The ram selection was limited. A purebred 220-pound Katahdin ram brought $200.20 ($0.91 per pound). A 225-pound Rideau-cross ram brought $207 ($0.92 per pound). A good young woolly 205-pound Dorset-cross ram brought $175 ($0.85 per pound).

No heavyweight lambs were delivered.

Market lambs were limited. A 110-pound Cheviot-cross lamb brought $93.50 ($0.85 per pound). A 95-pound Dorper-cross lamb brought $151.05 ($1.59 per pound). Fourteen 98-pound Katahdin-cross lambs brought $131.81 ($1.345 per pound).

Feeder lambs was limited. The lambs ranged in weight from 85 to 86 pounds, and brought a price range from $1.47 to $1.68 per pound. Two 93-pound Suffolk-cross lambs brought $173.91 ($1.87 per pound). The buyers showed quality lambs were wanted cull lambs brought $0.975 per pound.

The older lightweight lambs had to show top quality as the new-crop lambs were representing the various light lambs in weight. Thirteen 67-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $89.11 ($1.33 per pound). The quality of a group of 62-pound lambs was lower — so bidding stopped at $0.80 per pound.

A 50-pound Rideau-cross lamb brought $63.75 ($1.275 per pound).

New-crop lambs dominated the lambs sold, as expected for this sale. These lambs represented the lightweight lamb classification, with excellent quality and development. The appreciation was indicated by the bidding. The new-crop lambs in the 70-plus pound range brought a price range from $1.84 to $1.91 per pound. Strong bidding continued with the 60-plus pound (new-crop lambs) with a price range from $1.77 to $2.16 per pound.

Lambs ranging from 50 to 59 pounds brought $1.98 to $2.20 per pound. Two 48-pound new- crop lambs brought $2.01 per pound.

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The meat goat does that were delivered for this Easter season showed less development. The top quality that the buyers were expecting was missing. Some final finishing was required on the Boer-cross (goat) does. The lightweight goat yearlings were more on demand. Similar situation for the dairy goat does — the buyers were looking for more finished goats.

A herd dispersal of a group of 26 goat does with 29 goat kids sold as 26 units. Separating into individual units would be too time consuming, plus difficult in matching (doe with kid). Each unit sold at $133.

The goat buck classification was represented by two Boer-cross bucks. A 180-pound Boer-cross (goat) buck brought $197.50 ($1.10 per pound). A large, gentle 330-pound Boer-cross buck brought $275 ($0.83 per pound).

Two 63-pound Boer-cross (goat) kids brought $128 ($2.03 per pound).

Three 58-pound La Mancha-cross (goat) kids brought $99 ($1.71 per pound).

Thirteen 41-pound Boer-cross (goat) kids brought $68 and 56 ($1.60 and $1.37 per pound).

The Ontario Stockyard Report indicated that goat kids sold at premium prices for the sale. Well-finished lambs sold strong but other various lamb weight did not do as well.

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