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Sheep & Goat Market Report – for Jan. 14, 2010

Ewes

Table 1. Winnipeg, Jan. 7

Lambs 110

95-110

80-94 <80

70-79

60-69

50-59

40-49

December 2009 January 2010 86.90-129.50 99.60-117.00

161.00 134.40-154.08 89.60-120.90

82.55-106.26

81.62

64.13

N/A N/A

109.06-143.22 124.74-125.10

123.24-124.03

100.64-104.94

84.80

N/A

Lambs

65-80

80-95

95-110

110

2.85

2.19-1.90

1.781.79

1.36-1.46

3.15 3.29

2.00-2.05

1.55-1.67

1.33-1.36

Goats (kids)

35-49

50-75

1.88-1.84

1.50-1.47

1.86-1.84

1.50-1.47

Ontario Innisfail, Alta.

Nov. 20, 2009

Nov. 27, 2009

Dec. 4, 2009

Jan. 1, 2010

Jan. 8, 2010

1.58-1.96

1.70-2.03

1.54-1.69

N/A

N/A

1.17-1.14

1.19-1.18

1.20-1.15

1.27-1.11

1.32-1.16

The new year’s first sheep and goat sale at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction started with a cold day (Jan. 7). The wind was blowing snow over the roads and the temperature was cold – yet producers brought about 150 animals for the start of 2010 and the buyers were ready for a fresh beginning, as demand remained high (see Table 1). Prices continued steady or slightly higher than the closing of last year (2009).

Cheviot-cross ewes represented this classification selection. The ewes showed well-developed frames, causing some major bidding in the audience. Ewes at 123 to 150 pounds brought $113.70 and $117 (92.5 and 78 cents per pound) respectively.

There were no rams at this sale.

One group of 81-pound lambs (Dorper cross) brought $124.74 ($1.54 per pound). Another group of 90-pound lambs (Cheviot cross) brought $125.10 ($1.39 per pound). There were no heavyweight lambs or 95-to 110-pound market lambs at this sale.

In the under-80-pound classification, there were three weight classes. Two groups of 79-pound lambs brought $123.24 and $124.03 ($1.56 and $1.57 per pound), respectively.

Dorper-cross lambs at 66 pounds brought $104.94 ($1.59 per pound) and Cheviot-cross lambs at 68 pounds brought $100.64 ($1.48 per pound). A lighter-weight group of Dorper-cross lambs at 53 pounds brought $84.80 ($1.60 per pound).

The audience was entertained with a Boer-cross doe with two kids, extremely

Table 2. Ontario Stockyards, Jan. 8 Dec. 28, 2009 Jan. 8, 2010

young kids (possibly less than a week old), sold as a family group.

The majority of the nannies at this sale were bred for future kidding. The bidding was stronger for these nannies – a new start for the year. The heavier nannies, 112-134 pounds, brought $172 and $130 ($1.54 and 97 cents per pound), respectively.

Lightweight nannies sold for a slightly higher price range: 65-pound and 84-pound nannies brought $100 and $125 ($1.54 and $1.49 per pound), respectively.

Only one buck, a Boer cross, was available

Table 3. Weekly livestock market review: Market lambs (95-100 lbs.), price per pound

at this sale, but having some walking difficulties, thus creating a lower price. This 60-pound buck brought $42.50 (74 cents a pound).

A group of Boer-cross bucklings (71 pounds) brought $90 ($1.23 per pound). One Boer cross doeling (30 pounds) brought $42.50 ($1.42 per pound) and another Boercross doeling group (40 pounds) brought $75 ($1.88 per pound).

The Ontario Stockyards report (Table 2) stated all of the animals sold with major interest. Goats and light lambs sold at a steady rate. Heavy sheep sold for $10 per hundredweight higher than at the last sale; even the heavier lambs sold at similar demands.

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