Sheep &Goat Sales – for Jun. 2, 2011

There were 150 sheep and goats delivered for the May 19, 2011 sale at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction. Buyers were few and the supply of sheep and goats was sparse. However, the price bidding remained strong and exciting.

There seemed to be no pattern in the bidding on ewes, either by breed or weight. The price on ewes had dropped from the Easter sales at this sale. Price ranged from $0.60 to $0.90 per pound. Yet , a young 112-pound Katahdin-cross lamb ewe, brought $128.80 ($1.15 per pound).

The selection on the rams was limited, creating some exciting bidding. The heavier rams drew a lower price per pound. The 265-pound Suffolk-cross ram, brought $225.25 ($0.85 per pound). A ram resembling some of the colouration features of the Barbado breed, however, being much larger than the usual smaller frame of the Barbado breed, attracted some attention from the audience. This 155-pound ram, brought $155 ($1 per pound). Two – 112-pound Katahdin cross lamb rams, brought $128.80 ($1.15 per pound).

There were no heavyweight lambs, at this sale.

The 90-and 105-pound Cheviot-cross lambs, brought $72 and $118.13 ($0.80 and $1.125 per pound).

There was only one lightweight lamb at this sale. The 60-pound Suffolk-cross lamb, brought $105 ($1.75 per pound).

A group of four 99-pound Rideau-cross lambs, set a high price range similar to new-crop lambs. These Rideaucross lambs, brought $220.28 ($2.225 per pound).

The new-crop lambs con-t inued with the higher prices, based upon the great demand by the buyers. The first group of 10 – 78-pound Suffolk-cross and Rideaucross lambs, brought $181.74 ($2.33 per pound). The second group, 13 – 82-pound Suffolk-cross and Rideaucross lambs, brought $196.80 ($2.40 per pound).

Within the goat classification of does, bidding produced two distinctive price ranges. The lower weight does provided the higher prices and the bidding on the heavier does, gave lower prices. Two 68-pound Nubiancross does, brought $90 ($1.32 per pound). Three 65-pound Boer-cross does, brought $82.50 ($1.27 per pound). Two 128-pound Boer-cross does, brought $100 ($0.78 per pound). A 145-pound Alpinecross doe, brought $132.50 ($0.91 per pound).

There was only one buck, delivered for this sale. The 155-pound Nubian-cross buck, brought $200 ($1.29 per pound).

Once again, a two-tier pricing range was apparent in the bidding for the wethers. The group of two 123-pound Alpine-cross wethers, brought $135 ($1.10 per pound) and the group of eight 101-pound Alpine-cross wethers, brought $137 ($1.36 per pound). Pygmy-cross Alpine wethers, producing smaller to medium size goat frames, brought less per pound. Two 93-pound Alpine-cross Pygmy wethers, brought $77.50 ($0.83 per pound) and the four to 104 pound Alpine-cross Pygmy wethers, brought $90 ($0.87 per pound).

The demand for bucklings remained strong and the buyers were keeping the prices near the Easter season scale. The classification of bucklings was represented by Boercross kids. The 47-pound, 48-pound, and 53-pound bucklings, brought $70, $73 and $89 ($1.49, $1.52 and $1.68 per pound).

The interest in doelings remained high, with some serious bidding, as there was only two doelings for this sale. The two 55-pound Boer-cross doelings, brought $79 ($1.44 per pound).

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EWESLAMBS (LBS.)110+ 95 -110 80 -94

Under 80

60

New Crop (Lbs.)

78

82

$77 $164

n/a

$72 $220.28

n/a

$105

Price per pound

$2.33

$2.40

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