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Beginning of the end for some goat producers?

Lambs

60 70 pounds ranging $0.59 -$0.98 averaging $0.85 per pound 70 80 pounds ranging $0.79 -$ 0.99 averaging $0.87 per pound 80 90 pounds ranging $0.74 -$0.88 averaging $0.82 per pound 90 100 pounds ranging $0.82 -$0.85 averaging $0.84 per pound

100 pounds ranging $0.90 -$1 averaging $0.95 per pound

There was no freezing rain forecast for Nov. 20 and no wet, slushy roads as there was for Nov. 6. The earlier auction showed the weather conditions at that time; the local buyers were absent. However, the local buyers were limited at the Nov. 20, 2008 auction as well, so it is due to purchasing for only the direct sales already determined. Keeping a high number of animals in the yard, is far too risky at this time due to the wavering dollar and high feed costs. A good guess would be that feed is the major issue.

One unfortunate producer dispersed his whole herd at the sale due to a lack of feed. It would have been a difficult decision to make and then execute. A person’s love, skill and hard work to develop a herd and then to release all the dreams and the future is very difficult. The excellent prime structure breeding goats (Boer x does), being auctioned for the meat butchering market was extremely emotional to witness.

How many more farmers will be forced down this pathway?

The real lightweight lambs, (less than 60 pounds); averaged at $0.52 per pound; much lower than the Nov. 6, 2008 auction. Once again, is this an indication, the feedlots are not committing to long-term feeding schedules? The lightweight lambs in the November 6, 2008 auction, were averaging $0.67 per pound.

The price of the lambs was increasing in the various weight classes, from the major drop of the Nov. 6, 2008 auction. However, not gaining to the price level of the Oct. 16, 2008 auction. Even the 60-to 70-pound lamb, was slightly lower for this auction. This is another example that holding and fattening extra stock is not being viewed in a positive consideration.

The Nov. 20, 2008; Winnipeg sheep ranged 105 115 pounds ($0.45 -$0.47/lb). This range was higher than the Nov. 6, 2008 auction ($0.27 -$032/lb); possibly viewed as replacement ewes. The 138 143 pounds ($0.24 $027/ lb); only slightly lower than the beginning of the month auction.

A well-framed Suffolk x ram (145 lb) entered the arena, which some producers were looking to improve their herd, brought some bidding to a final of $94.25 ($0.65/lb). Later in the sale, a nice Katahdin x ram (155 lb); entertained some interest to bring $93 ($0.60/lb).

A producer will benefit if at all possible, to stay for the selling of the individual’s animals. The final bidding is not necessarily the final

value that can be determined for the animals; there was one lot where the lambs were lower than the producer required. The producer was asked to name a dollar value that he would require, which was accepted by the bidder and the lambs were sold. The producer received a better value for the lambs. So it is worth representing your animals to the final sale.

The Nov. 21, 2008 weekly market review had no market prices for Ontario or Texas markets. However, the report (Nov. 21, 2008), showed the central Alberta market had an increase with the 95-pound market lamb, from $0.93/lb (Nov. 14, 2008) to $1.06/ lb (Nov. 21, 2008). The Winnipeg auction (Nov. 20, 2008) was lower at $0.84/lb.

The supply of goats for the auction would have been very limited, but the herd dispersal increased the numbers. The Boer x does and doelings were in excellent condition. There had been noticeable efforts to develop this herd, so its dispersal was very troublesome to accept. These Boer x does and doelings brought above-average price; (does received $0.82/lb and the doelings received $1.30/lb). The average was $0.77/lb for does and the doelings were $0.69/lb.

There were more bucks in this auction compared to the last auction but the price remained stable at $0.85/lb. A few impressive Boer x bucks for breeding purposes were in the arena; and some deals were possibly made. This sale had some examples of the la mancha x alpine bucks, or was it reversed; the only evidence was the short ears. These bucks (123 195 pounds), had good developed structure. Prices ranged $0.76 to $0.82/lb. Some passing on the younger kids, as the market weights were below the market demand. The price of the nannies ($0.77 per pound), have dropped from the last auction (Nov. 6, 2008); at $0.87 per pound. Finally, the pygmy goats have reached over the dollar-per-pound level, ($1.12/lb); an increase from $0.94/lb from the Nov. 6, 2008 sale.

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