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Sheep & Goat Report

Weekly Livestock Market Review

Ewes Lambs

110 lbs.+ 95 110 lbs.

80 94 lbs.

$85.84 $152.80

$143 -$159.50 n /a

$112 $142.50

under 80

Market Lambs ( 95 109 lbs.)

70 79 lbs.

60 69 lbs. 50 59 lbs.

March 26 / 2010

March 19 / 2010

March 12 / 2010

March 2 / 2010

Ontario ($ per pound)

$1.73 $1.60

$1.56 $1.57

$1.69 $1.62

$1.80 $1.69

$141.75 $153.75

$79.80 $100.80 $78.38 $141.75

Innisfail / Alta ($ per pound)

Ontario Stockyards Inc.

Goats 35 49 pounds

$1.36 $1.25

$1.40 $1.30

$1.23 $1.23

$1.35 $1.22 50 75 pounds

March 26 / 2010

$1.86 $1.84

$1.50 $1.60

March 12 / 2010

March 5 / 2010

$1.86 $1.84

$1.86 $1.84

$1.50 $1.60

$1.50 $1.60

April 2 / 2010 $1.75 $1.72 $1.24 $1.26

April 2 / 2010 $1.86 $1.84 $1.50 $1.60

March 19 / 2010 $2.14 $1.74 $1.10 $0.87

Attendance of sheep and goats was much lower for April 1 sale at Winnipeg Livestock auction; there were 70 animals compared to 250 animals from the last sale. Although, being one day before Good Friday – a person might expect this situation.

The selection of ewes was fair at this sale, all depended upon the buyer’s purpose, for the range of bidding. Two two-year-old Rideau-cross yearlings, (about the size of some of the ewes) at 130 and 145 pounds; brought $143 and $159.50 ($1.10/lb.).

Three rams were sold. A Suffolk-cross at 260 pounds brought $175.50 ($0.675/lb.).

A Rideau-cross, 190 pounds brought $133 ($0.70/lb.). The audience took interest in a Barbado-cross ram, that was approximately three times the normal height of the Barbado breed. This ram was 165 pounds and brought $115.50 ($0.70/lb.).

There were no heavyweight or medium-weight (market lambs), at this sale. The bidding for 80-to 94-pound lambs was steady. The price range for an 80-pound Cheviot-cross lamb; brought $112.50 ($1.40/lb.); while a 90-pound Cheviot-cross lamb brought $141.30 ($1.57/ lb.).

The lightweight lambs were in high demand. This group of lambs created a wild scramble of bids and brought $141.75 ($1.89/lb.). A group of Suffolk-cross lambs, 63 pounds , brought $100.80 ($1.60/lb.). A group of Rideaucross lambs, 58 pounds, brought $110.20 ($1.90/lb.). They were followed by a single Rideau-cross lamb, 50 pounds, which brought $96.50 ($1.93/lb.).

When a new-crop lamb entered the arena with a very well-developed body structure, the audience took great notice. This single new-crop lamb at 75 pounds brought $153.75 ($2.05/lb.).

All categories of goats were present, for this sale. Goats not sold for meat purposes, were selling for slightly higher prices. Does were slightly lower, except a 90-pound Boer-cross doe, which brought $107.50 ($1.19/lb.). There still is the demand for “Spotted”; a 105-pound doe brought $120 ($1.14/lb.). The milking goat breeds were not holding the average prices; interest was not present at this sale.

Boer-cross bucks were the dominant breed being sold and selling for slightly higher prices. A 200-pound Boercross buck brought $182 ($0.91/lb.); while a 50-pound Boer-cross buck brought $67.50 ($1.35/lb.). The other group was Pygmy-cross bucks at this sale. The first Pygmycross buck, 110 pounds, brought $112.50 ($1.20/lb.), and the second Pygmy-cross buck, 95 pounds brought $82.50 ($0.87/lb.).

Boer-cross bucklings were selling steady with prices ranging from $1.12 to $1.32 per pound.

A group of 85-pound, Nubian-cross Alpine doelings brought $86 ($1.01/lb.).

The sale ended with a group of 56-pound, Alpinecross wethers and buck-l ings, which brought $64 ($1.14/lb.).

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