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Summer brings sunnier view of market

There will be fewer lamb and goat sales over the summer months

Along with the arrival of the single-sale-a-month summer schedule June 7, came a more positive attitude towards the market between both buyers and producers.

There were 510 animals presented in the ring at the most recent sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction.

The sheep sales saw more bidding from buyers and a positive trend to mark the start of the season.

There appeared to be no price difference between wool and hair ewes. The demand for the ewes ranged from religious holiday celebrations to producers taking advantage of great-quality animals in the ring to increase their herds. Some producers had sheared their ewes to show the body development at a glance. This method appeared to spark stronger bidding and better prices.

The prices ranged from $1.11 to $1.27 per pound, for a weight range from 140 to 148 pounds. For comparison purposes, the weight range of 140- to 164-pound sheared ewes saw a price range from $1.29 to $1.38 per pound.

Buyers noticed the quality of the rams and responded with strong prices. A 110-pound Suffolk-cross ram brought $242 ($2.20/lb.). That’s in comparison to much lighter rams in the 145- to 160-lb. range which brought just $1.34 to $1.40 a pound.

There was only one heavyweight lamb for this sale. A 160-pound Suffolk-cross lamb brought $198.40 ($1.24/lb.).

A group of 97-pound Dorset-cross lambs represented the market lamb classification. These lambs brought $205.64 ($2.12/lb.).

Strong bidding was seen for the feeder lambs, mostly for local and immediate sales. The classification showed quality and structure development as the lambs entered the arena. The average bidding ranged from $2.16 to $2.45 per pound. Yearlings (older lambs) showed they could not compete with the younger feeder lambs. These yearling lambs brought $1.74/lb.

The lightweight lamb classification stuck with the strong bidding trend, as the demand for immediate purposes continued. The 70-plus-pound lambs brought a price range from $2.40 to $2.41/lb.

Once again, quality of even the lower-weight lambs kept the bidding. Buyers had the option for immediate sales or increasing the herd. The price ranged from $2.22 to $2.42/lb. for the 60-plus-pound lambs.

The 50-plus-pound lambs showed a great difference between the groups presented in the ring. Some groups of high-quality lambs maintained the strong prices but many groups could not reach this range. There was no price differences between the wool and hair lambs.

The 40-plus-pound lambs produced a higher price range from $2.08 to $2.23/lb. The visual condition of these lambs was a great asset. There was a price difference between the wool and hair lambs.

The 34-pound Katahdin-cross lamb was just too small to draw major bidding. This lamb brought $1.85/lb.

Heavier new-crop lambs still had interest from the buyers. A dozen 103-pound Suffolk-cross lambs brought $2.24/lb.

Turning to goats, the does showed strong bidding and prices across the board. There was strong bidding for both meat and dairy animals. The dairy goat does were Alpine-cross does and La Mancha-cross does, and proved the demand was as strong as for the meat does.

The Boer-cross doelings from a herd dispersal were of top quality and excellent for increasing or starting a herd. There was very noticeable buyer interest as soon as the doelings entered the arena. Prices ranged from $2.45 to $2.71/lb. — great condition and body structure goats were rewarded.

The buyers were interested in the goat bucks at this sale with many varied reasons for bidding and buying.

Once again there was high demand for goat kids. The Boer-cross doelings were of great buyer interest, and not just for the meat market. Many of these animals seemed destined for herd building.

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