The warm weather drew about 200 sheep and goats to the March 19 Winnipeg Livestock Auction sale. Determined buyers made for some wild and exciting bidding. Prices of the lambs have increased from the last sale.
Ewes were strictly graded upon the quality of the animal, with culls facing limited interest from buyers and low bids. Prices ranged from $0.30 to $0.42 per pound on culls, while buyers kept the price range for the quality ewes in the range of $0.76 to $0.92 per pound. A pair of 113-pound Icelandic-cross sheep brought $89.27 ($0.79 per pound).
A 200-pound British blackface-cross ram brought $190 ($0.95 per pound). A 140-pound Suffolk-cross ram brought $14.80 ($0.82 per pound).
No heavyweight lambs were delivered.
There were limited market lambs on offer but buyers showed great interest and the bidding remained strong. A 100-pound Cheviot-cross lamb brought $145 ($1.45 per pound). A 95-pound Rideau-cross lamb brought $159.60 ($1.68 per pound). A group of 98-pound lambs brought $155.82 ($1.59 per pound).
Feeder lambs dominated this sale. The quality was not what buyers wanted, but the interest was still high, possibly because supplies are limited. Bidding became quite exciting and the bids were shouted from all corners of the room. Prices ranged from $1.51 to $1.73 per pound for weight ranging from 80 to 93 pounds. An exception was a group of 84-pound Cheviot-cross lambs which brought $116.76 ($1.39 per pound).
The lightweight lambs continued to attract strong bidding. Ten 72-pound Suffolk-cross lambs brought $115.92 ($1.61 per pound). Two 73-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $127.75 ($1.75 per pound). A group of 76-pound lambs brought $140.60 ($1.85 per pound).
A group of 66-pound lambs brought $106.26 ($1.61 per pound).
Three 53-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $89.04 ($1.68 per pound). Seven 54-pound lambs brought $70.20 ($1.30 per pound). A group of 59-pound lambs brought $89.09 ($1.51 per pound).
The nineteen 78-pound Boer-cross (goat) does showed excellent conditioning and quality. The goat does brought $165 ($2.12 per pound). Eleven 96-pound Boer-cross (goat) does brought $173 ($1.80 per pound). The other does were not equal in quality, so the bidding and interest was lower.
A 140-pound Boer-cross (goat) buck brought $187.50 ($1.34 per pound). Two 45-pound Pygmy-cross (goat) bucks brought $89 ($1.98 per pound).
The demand for goat kids was strong and the bidding became excited. Five 60-pound Boer-cross goat (kids) brought $157 ($2.62 per pound). A 60-pound Pygmy-cross Alpine (goat) kid brought $140 ($2.23 per pound).
A group of Boer-cross and Alpine-cross (goat) kids brought $128 ($2.21 per pound).
Three 45-pound Boer-cross (goat) kids brought $129 ($2.87 per pound).
Two 38-pound Boer-cross (goat) kids brought $96 ($2.53 per pound).
Two 33-pound, thin-framed Alpine-cross (goat) kids brought $67 ($2.03 per pound).