Slight decrease in lamb prices at April 3 sale

Producers delivered 200 sheep and goats to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction April 3 sale.

Buyers showed limited interest in ewes. The price ranged from $0.42 to $0.54 per pound, compared to the price range from last sale of $0.51 to $0.90 per pound. The ewes placed in the lower class ranged from $0.20 to $0.35 per pound. These ewes were in the weight range from 83 to 93 pounds.

Rams continued a constant and steady price bidding, as the demand has remained by the buyers. Two 190-pound Katahdin-cross rams brought $142.50 ($0.75 per pound). Two 193-pound rams brought $123.52 ($0.64 per pound).

There were two price groupings for heavyweight lambs. The higher-price lambs had a weight range from 120 to 130 pounds, which had a price range from $0.675 to $1 per pound. A group of four 113-pound lambs and two groups of 140-pound lambs formed the lower price range by the buyers. The price ranged from $0.32 to $0.41 per pound.

Prices for market lambs were down slightly. The weight ranged from 99 to 105 pounds that brought a price range from $1.02 to $1.17 per pound. One exception was a 105-pound Dorset-cross lamb which brought $28.35 ($0.27 per pound).

Feeder lamb prices were down slightly but buyers showed interest. The weight ranged from 80 to 92 pounds with a price ranging from $1.20 to $1.02 per pound.

Nine 73-pound lambs brought $78.84 ($1.08 per pound). The 70-pound Suffolk-cross lamb brought $81.20 ($1.16 per pound). An exception was a more mature 75-pound Suffolk-cross lamb which brought $54.38 ($0.725 per pound).

Prices showed some slight decrease in the much lighter lamb classification following the other lamb classes. A group of 65-pound lambs brought $76.38 ($1.175 per pound). A group of nine 66-pound lambs brought $70.62 ($1.07 per pound). An exception was a group of seven 68-pound more mature lambs that brought $51.68 ($0.76 per pound).

A 55-pound Cheviot-cross lamb brought $63.25 ($1.15 per pound).

Four 44-pound Savy-cross lambs brought $35.64 ($0.81 per pound).

No new-crop lambs were delivered for this sale.

Goats

The selection of goats delivered was much lower than the past sale. The Pygmy-cross goats dominated the total number of goats. A 65-pound Pygmy-cross doe brought $42.50 ($0.65 per pound).

The selection of goat bucks dominated the various goat classes. Demand for large bucks was low. The 120-pound Angora-cross goat (buck) brought $75 ($0.63 per pound). The well-developed 160-pound Alpine-cross buck brought $142.50 ($0.89 per pound). A 40-pound Pygmy-cross buck brought $41 ($1.03 per pound). A 25-pound Pygmy-cross buck brought $30 ($1.20 per pound). Two 40-pound Pygmy-cross bucks brought $37 ($0.93 per pound).

Two 65-pound Alpine-cross wethers brought $90 ($1.39 per pound). A 90-pound Boer-cross wether brought $87.50 ($0.97 per pound).

A group of four 33-pound Pygmy goats brought $32.50 ($0.99 per pound).

The Ontario Stockyard Report indicated that the demand for all classes of lambs was lower and causing the prices to be lower. The bidding prices of the sheep have stabilized compared to the constant declining prices from the past sales. The goats continue the strong and steady prices as the past sales.

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