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Demand and interest for sheep rises

The Winnipeg Livestock Auction was supplied with 600 sheep and goats for the August 2 sale. The buyers were ready with some serious bidding for herd increases or improvements and the meat industry.

Bidding on ewes increased from the prices paid at the July sale, which differed from the Ontario price trends. The average ewe ranged from $0.72 to $1 per pound. The price per pound was greatly reduced on a cull ewe.

Two impressive rams were delivered for this sale and drew the attention from the audience. The 255-pound Dorset-cross ram brought $224.40 ($0.88 per pound). The 245-pound Rideau-cross ram brought $227.85 ($0.93 per pound). The 150-pound Dorper-cross ram, with a slight handicap, received a lower price of $97.50 ($0.65 per pound) and was classified as a cull.

The heavyweight classification of lambs was represented by two groups of hair lambs. The first group of 118-pound Katahdin lambs brought $126.26 ($1.07 per pound) and the other group of 119-pound Katahdin lambs brought $130.90 ($1.10 per pound).

Prices ranged from $0.90 to $1.12 per pound for 95-pound market lambs. The heavier market lambs produced a higher price range of $1.11 to $1.24 per pound.

The feeder lambs were represented by wool and hair lambs. The feeder lambs ranged from 80 to 91 pounds and sold in a price range of $1.15 to $1.29 per pound.

The demand for the lighter-weight lambs continued the price bidding range similar to the feeder lambs. The group of eight 76-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $88.16 ($1.16 per pound). Next was three groups of 78-pound lambs for which the buyers created a variation in the price bidding. The nine Dorper-cross lambs brought $92.82 ($1.19 per pound); the 10 Katahdin-cross lambs brought $102.18 ($1.31 per pound); and then the 15 Cheviot-cross lambs brought $99.06 ($1.27 per pound).

The 60- to 66-pound hair lambs brought a price range of $1.19 to $1.21 per pound, while the 63- to 69-pound wool lambs brought a price range of $1.25 to $1.29 per pound.

Twenty-one 59-pound mixed group of lambs brought $76.70 ($1.30 per pound).

Two 30-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $30 ($1 per pound).

The supply of goats was higher than the sheep delivered for this sale.

It was a major increase of numbers compared to many previous sales through the year. The dairy industry was represented by Alpine-cross does ranging in a price range of $0.96 to $1.25 per pound. The Alpine-cross doelings led the higher price bidding creating a price range from $1.77 to $2.29 per pound.

The meat industry was represented by the Boer-cross does ranging in a price range from $1 to $1.26 per pound. Two 53-pound Pygmy-cross does brought $82.50 ($1.56 per pound); and three 65-pound Pygmy-cross does brought $100 ($1.54 per pound). A 30-pound Pygmy-cross doeling brought $62.50 ($2.08 per pound).

The supply of bucks was very limited at this sale. The 90-pound Alpine-cross buck brought $137.50 ($1.53 per pound). The 195-pound Boer-cross buck brought $275 ($1.41 per pound). The group of five 87-pound Boer-cross bucks brought $160 ($1.84 per pound).

Boer-cross goat kids within the weight range of 61 to 65 pounds brought a price range from $2.15 to $2.44 per pound.

The 50- to 55-pound kids brought a price range from $2.16 to $2.58 per pound.

The 42- to 48-pound kids brought a price range from $2.07 to $2.38 per pound.

The 34- to 39-pound Boer-cross kids brought a price range from $2.12 to $2.23 per pound. The 38- and 39-pound Alpine-cross kids brought $1.84 and $2.23 per pound. Two 35-pound Pygmy-cross kids brought $77 ($2.20 per pound).

Two 28-pound Boer-cross kids brought $45 ($1.61 per pound).

REMINDER: Starting September, 2012 the Winnipeg Livestock Auction will change to Wednesday for sale day. There will be two sales per month.

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