About 650 sheep and goats were delivered to Winnipeg Livestock Auction Dec. 19 for the final sale of 2012. Once again, the bidding was influenced by other provinces and their markets.
There appeared to be two price ranges of hair sheep, with the wool ewes representing the centre of this bidding range. The lower hair sheep price ranged from $0.42 to $0.47 per pound and the higher hair sheep price ranged from $0.71 to $0.81 per pound. The wool sheep price ranged from $0.59 to $0.76 per pound. There was limited interest from buyers reflected in the bidding for four 133-pound Icelandic ewes. They brought $70.49 ($0.53 per pound). The demand for ewes has increased from the past few sales.
There was high interest shown by the various buyers bidding on the 105-pound Icelandic ram, which brought $86.63 ($0.825 per pound). The 170-pound Dorset-cross ram brought $117.30 ($0.69 per pound). The 150-pound Katahdin-cross ram brought $101.25 ($0.675 per pound). The 160-pound Rideau-cross ram brought $124.80 ($0.78 per pound) and the other 170-pound Rideau-cross ram brought $129.20 ($0.76 per pound). The quality of the Suffolk-cross ram on offer was considered lower and so was the bidding.
Heavyweight lambs were dominated by hair lambs. The three 128-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $133.12 ($1.04 per pound). Eight 109-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $106.82 ($0.98 per pound). The 120-pound Rideau-cross lamb brought $108 ($0.90 per pound). The 125-pound Rideau-cross lamb brought $106.82 ($0.98 per pound). The quality of a full long wool Rideau-cross lamb did not attract average price bidding by the buyers.
The classification of market lambs could be divided into two groups based upon weights, at this sale. The heavier market lambs, ranging from 103 to 110 pounds, brought a price range from $0.90 to $1.03 per pound, while the lighter-weight market lambs, ranging from 95 to 97 pounds, brought a price range from $1.02 to $1.08 per pound.
The demand for the feeder lambs was stronger. The feeder lambs in the 90- to 96-pound range brought a price range from $0.99 to $1.10 per pound. The 80- to 89-pound feeder lambs brought a price range from $1.10 to $1.23 per pound. An exception was two 83-pound Dorset-cross lambs, that drew the highest price for feeder lambs at $107.90 ($1.30 per pound).
There was a strong representation of lightweight lambs at this sale. The 70- to 79-pound lambs continued the strong bidding, as the interest was similar to the lightweight lambs. The price range was from $1.17 to $1.25 per pound.
The audience kept the bidding strong for the 60- to 69-pound lambs. The price ranged from $1.17 to $1.29 per pound.
In the 55- to 59-pound lambs, the wool lambs brought the higher prices, ranging from $1.18 to $1.37 per pound. The 59-pound hair lambs brought $64.31 ($1.09 per pound). A 55-pound Cheviot-cross lamb, the last lamb that sold for the day, brought $86.63 ($1.575 per pound).
There were 10 46-pound Rideau-cross lambs, which brought $50.60 ($1.10 per pound). A group of 45-pound Suffolk-cross and Cheviot-cross lambs brought $58.50 ($1.30 per pound).
The demand for does in the goat classification has remained low. The two 83-pound young Boer-cross does brought $66 ($0.80 per pound). The three 137-pound Boer-cross does brought $98 ($0.72 per pound). The older Alpine-cross doe did not reach the average price range for the does.
There were less goat bucks delivered to this sale than the last sale. The 160-pound Boer-cross buck (Kahura) brought $190 ($1.46 per pound). The 125-pound Boer-cross buck brought $157.50 ($1.26 per pound).
Nineteen 60-pound Boer-cross goat kids brought $70 ($1.17 per pound).
Four 59-pound Boer-cross bucklings brought $81 ($1.37 per pound).
There were two groups of 53-pound goat kids at this sale. The first group of two Boer-cross goat wether kids brought $72 ($1.36 per pound). The other group of three Boer-cross goat wether kids brought $88 ($1.66 per pound). The 50-pound Pygmy-cross wether goat kid brought $67.50 ($1.35 per pound).
Seventeen 48-pound Alpine-cross goat kids brought $57 ($1.19 per pound). Two 43-pound Alpine-cross goat kids brought $77.50 ($1.80 per pound).
Six 37-pound Boer-cross goat kids brought $59 ($1.60 per pound).
The Ontario Stockyard Report clearly indicated that with the large number of sheep and goats delivered, the prices had declined in some categories. The new-crop lambs were strongly affected the most with the low bidding. The heavy-weight lambs remained constant to the last sale, but not strong in the last sale. Feeder lambs were hit by lower prices as well at this sale. The price of sheep has now settled to a more constant level. The goats have remained constant and steady for the last few sales.