Unknown expectations at latest auction

Neither buyers nor sellers knew quite what to expect at the May 17 sale

It was a sale that could — and at times did — go either direction.

Sellers delivered some 200 sheep and goats, but admitted they didn’t have any great expectations for this sale. Meanwhile, the buyers were feeling much the same way.

About the only trends that did seem to emerge were that sellers were following the Ontario trend and holding on to lightweight animals and only offering those for sale that offered immediate use and value. Sellers for their part were rewarding producers for animals that showed quality.

As the sheep hit the ring there appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair ewes. The noticeable issues were the quality of the ewes. More mature ewes received lower bids than the younger ewes.

There was limited selection of rams at this sale. A Rambouillet-cross ram was sheared, illustrating its structure clearly for better display purposes. This 155-pound ram brought $190.65 ($1.23/lb.). Another sheared 165-pound Rideau-cross ram brought $211.20 ($1.28/lb.).

In the heavyweight lamb classification, 10 117-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $177.84 ($1.52/lb.). The two groups of 125-pound wool lambs brought $1.41 and $1.43 per pound. The exception was a group of four 111-pound Cheviot-cross lambs which brought $2.13 per pound due to their high quality.

The market lambs truly showed there was a price difference between the wool and hair lambs. Twelve 100-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $204 ($2.04/lb.). Sixteen 96-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $231.36 ($2.41/lb.).

Feeder lambs continued the price trend of the past few weeks even though in Ontario feeder lambs had dropped in price. Once again, quality of the lambs was a major issue in the bidding. The price ranged from $2.31 to $2.44 per pound.

No lightweight lambs were delivered for this sale. The Ontario Stockyard report indicated prices dropped for lightweight lambs as demand and interest from buyers have greatly decreased.

All weights of new-crop lambs were well developed and uniform in size, sparking good interest from buyers.

Goats continued to see decent demand, especially for younger animals.

Alpine-cross goat does represented the dairy classification, with some buyers seemingly interested in purchasing to increase a herd. Many good-quality animals were presented for sale.

The bidding on the goat kids remains fairly constant over the sales. Demand is high and the supply is generally limited.

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