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Sheep &Goat Sales – for Aug. 4, 2011

The July 7 sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction had over 500 sheep and goats delivered for the sale. All buyers were prepared for some serious bidding and kept the auctioneer busy.

The price for the various ewes had dropped, at this sale – compared to the last sale. With the new-crop lambs and older lambs, reaching the markets – the demand on the ewes had become less. The bidding did not indicate that a certain breed of ewes, dominated the higher prices. The sheared ewes appeared to have no benefit in the pricing range, rather remained in the lower end of the price range.

The selection of rams was limited, as only three were delivered for this sale. The price range was slightly lower than the past sale.

There were no 110-plus-pound lambs, at this sale.

The heavier lambs within the 95-to 110-pound classification, produced the lower end of the price range. Two 103-pound lambs, brought $100.43 ($0.9750 per pound). Three 102-pound Suffolk-cross lambs, brought $137.70 ($1.35 per pound). A 105-pound Rideau-cross lamb, brought $149.63 ($1.4250 per pound). Ten 98-pound Dorsetcross lambs, brought $164.64 ($1.68 per pound).

The bidding on the 80-to 94-pound lamb classification, did not indicate any pattern in the purchasing on the various lambs. Two groups of 90-pound lambs, brought $54 ($0.60 per pound); while 92-pound lambs, brought $158.24 ($1.72 per pound). An 80-pound Suffolk-cross lamb, brought $68 ($0.85 per pound). Two groups of 86-pound Dorper-cross, Cheviot-cross and Suffolk-cross lambs, brought $147.92 ($1.72 per pound). Two 83-pound Rideau-cross lambs, brought $143.18 ($1.7250 per pound).

The demand on the lightweight lambs was quite noticeable at this sale. The lambs that ranged 72 to 78 pounds, brought $123.75 to $144.30 ($1.60 to $1.85 per pound). The bidding continued in a similar manner for the 60-to 68-pound lambs, which brought $94.20 to $114.24 ($1.57 to $1.68 per pound). An exception within this weight group, were four 64-pound Dorset-cross lambs, which brought $133.28 ($1.77 per pound).

A 55-pound Cheviot-cross lamb, brought $82.50 ($1.50 per pound).

Lambs in the 42-to 44-pound range, brought $65.10 to $73.04 ($1.55 to $1.66 per pound).

Four 39-pound Cheviot-cross lambs, brought $55.58 ($1.425 per pound).

A group of four 26-pound lambs, brought $34.45 ($1.325 per pound).

The demand on the new-crop lambs had slightly decreased, causing the bidding to fall compared to the past few sales. Generally, the various newcrop lambs remained within the price range of the various weight classes.

Fifteen 70-pound Suffolkcross (new crop), brought $125.30 ($1.79 per pound). A 65-pound Suffolk-cross (newcrop) lamb, brought $117 ($1.80 per pound). Three 52-pound Suffolk-cross (new-crop) lambs, brought $94.90 ($1.825 per pound). A four-pound Cheviotcross lamb, brought $63.55 ($1.55 per pound); while five 43-pound Suffolk-cross (newcrop) lambs, brought $59.13 ($1.375 per pound).

There was a lot of interest in the various goat classifications. The bucks started the high bidding, as this tendency continued in a similar fashion for the other classifications. The lighter-weight Boer-cross bucks, produced the higher end of the price range. A 55-pound Boer-cross Alpine buck, brought $112.50 ($2.05 per pound) and a 60-pound Boercross buck, brought $122.50 ($1.88 per pound). While the demand on the heavier bucks was lower, there were still similarities to the past sales. A 160-pound Boer-cross buck, brought $152.50 ($0.95 per pound) and a 140-pound Boercross buck, brought $165 ($1.18 per pound).

The dairy does drew the highest bidding at this sale. The audience really got involved when the Nubians does/doelings entered the arena. The Nubians were slightly lighter in weight compared to the other does, but this did not affect the bidding.

Two 58-pound Nubian doelings, brought $87.50 ($1.57 per pound) and a 55-pound Nubian, brought $125 ($2.27 per pound). Four 51-pound Nubian doel ings, brought $92.50 ($1.81 per pound). A 65-pound Alpine-cross doe, brought $127.50 ($1.96 per pound) and a 45-pound Alpinecross doeling, brought $90 ($2 per pound). An 80-pound Saanen-cross doeling, brought $125 ($1.56 per pound). Two 83-and 115-pound Boer does brought $105 and $117.50 ($1.27 and $1.02 per pound).

The goat kids were on the lighter side, at this sale. A group of seven – 53-pound Nubian wethers and doelings, brought $112.50 ($2.12 per pound). Two 55-pound Boer-cross wethers, brought $102.50 ($1.86 per pound). A group of eight 47-pound Boer-cross bucklings, brought $95 ($2.02 per pound) and a group of 13 Boer-cross goats at 45 pounds, brought $85 ($1.89 per pound).

Eight – 31-pound Saanencross goats, brought $50 ($1.61 per pound).

Three 37-pound Nubian wethers, brought $77.50 ($2.10 per pound).

Seven 39-pound Boer-cross bucklings, brought $75 ($1.92 per pound).

Two 25-pound Boer-cross goats, brought $52.50 ($2.10 per pound). The 25-pound Nubiancross goat, entering the arena with all of its charm, brought $55 ($2.20 per pound).

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Ewes (sheared)

Lambs (lbs.) 110 +

95 – 110 80 – 94

< 80 70 – 78

60 – 68 55

41 – 44 39

26

$59.23 – $140.40

$43.13 – $94.38

n/a $100.43 – $164.64

$143.18 – $158.24

$115.20 – $144.30 $94.20 – $114.24

$82.50 $63.55 – $73.04

$55.59 $34.45

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