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Strong demand for feeder lambs tempered by shorter supplies

Producers delivered 500 head of sheep and goats to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction on Oct. 3 providing a good selection for buyers.

The price for ewes was up over the last sale, but still lower than at the sale Sept. 5. There was no price distinction between wool and hair breeds. Younger ewes for herd replacement were in high demand. Bids on cull ewes were lower. There was a large group of 18 – 162-pound Dorper-cross ewes sold from a herd dispersal. These ewes sold for $0.60 per pound.

There were two rams on offer. A 140-pound Cheviot-cross ram brought $147 ($1.05 per pound). The other was a 190-pound Suffolk-cross ram that brought $155.80 ($0.82 per pound). The ram lambs were creating stronger bidding for herd replacement.

In the heavyweight lambs, one group of 11 111-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $126.54 ($1.14 per pound).

The market lambs were dominated by the wool lambs but prices for haired breeds were similar. The price ranged from $1.17 to $1.34 per pound as the weight of the lambs ranged from 95 to 108 pounds.

Similar to the sale on Sept. 19, market lambs dominate the lamb sales. The selection and the quality of the lambs was represented throughout this classification for this sale. The weight ranged from 82 to 95 pounds, with a price bidding range from $1.18 to $1.32 per pound. Even a few specialty lambs, such as the Jacob sheep, were included in a large group of lambs, not influencing the bidding price.

There was also strong bidding on the lightweight lambs.The price ranged from $1.14 to $1.27 per pound. An exception was a 60-pound Cheviot-cross lamb, requiring some maintenance, that brought $1.10 per pound.

Five 69-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $84.87 ($1.23 per pound). A group of 17 66-pound Katahdin-cross lambs brought $81.18 ($1.23 per pound). A 60-pound horned lamb brought $61.50 ($1.025 per pound).

A 50-pound Cheviot-cross lamb brought $67.50 ($1.35 per pound). A 35-pound Rideau-cross lamb brought $36.75 ($1.05 per pound).

The goat classification of does was represented by various dairy breeds and the Boer for the meat industry. Aging was an influence in the price bidding for the dairy goats, with a price range from $0.64 to $0.70 per pound. It was similar in the bidding on the Boer-cross does, as the younger doe brought $0.99 per pound, while the older Boer-cross doe brought $40.74 per pound.

The selection on the bucks was very limited. The 100-pound Nubian-cross buck brought $132. Two 128-pound Boer-cross bucks brought $147.50 ($1.15 per pound).

Eight 66-pound Boer-cross wethers brought $80 ($1.21 per pound).

A 55-pound Alpine-cross buckling brought $79 ($1.44 per pound). Three 55-pound Boer-cross bucklings brought $80 ($1.46 per pound). A 53-pound Alpine-cross buckling and a 53-pound Boer-cross buckling brought $70 ($1.32 per pound).

The lighter-weight goats had various bidding prices, dependent upon each group entering the arena. Four 40-pound Boer-cross kids brought $60 ($1.50 per pound). Six 47-pound Boer-cross kids and Nubian-cross kids brought $70 ($1.49 per pound). A group of three 47-pound Alpine-cross kids and La Mancha-cross kids brought $55 ($1.17 per pound). The group of 43-pound Pygmy-cross bucklings brought $34 ($0.79 per pound).

Two 35-pound Saanen-cross kids brought $30 ($0.86 per pound).

The Ontario Stockyard Report stated that the sale prices for the well-fed lambs were increasing. Goats sales were continuing to be constant from the other sales through the summer.

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