Cold weather slows deliveries of sheep and goats

There were slightly over 80 sheep and goats delivered to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction, on Jan. 19. Extreme cold weather prompted many producers to keep their animals at home.

This sale was supplied with some ewes, compared to the Jan. 5, 2012 sale. The ewes were of various ages, thus creating an average price range of approximately $0.95 per pound. This price range was within the late fall and winter prices of 2011. The Ontario Stockyard Market Report indicates that the sheep had dropped $10 per hundredweight.

The lamb prices dropped slightly compared to the Jan. 5 sale. The lambs ranged from $2 to $2.36 per pound; while in January 5, 2011 — the lambs were priced within the range of $2.25 to $2.47 per pound. The quantity of the lambs had increased for this week and sold steady, as the Ontario Stockyard Market Report stated.

The Ontario Stockyard Market Report indicated that the demand for the feeder lambs was higher than the market lambs.

The kid goats delivered to the Winnipeg Auction brought a strong demand of approximately $1.80 per pound. Kid goats sold on Jan. 16, 2012 brought a price range of $1.40 to $1.70 per pound, reported by the Ontario Stockyard Inc.

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