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Exotic sheep see little interest

Quality and age of animals were the key to bidding

The Oct. 4 sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction saw 258 sheep and goats delivered.

The buyers present were not interested in exotic sheep or lambs, but instead paid close attention to age and quality.

During the sheep sale, all ewes saw major interest from buyers, with no evident price difference between wool and hair breeds. Average prices ranged from $1.05 to $1.18/lb., with a couple of exceptions that resulted in prices ranging from $1.24 to $1.29/lb.

During the ram sale, there was a clearly demonstrated preference for hair rams from various buyers. Prices ranged from $1.20 to $1.31/lb. for these animals. Wool rams ranged in price from $1.09 to $1.13/lb.

A buyer interested in Icelandic-cross rams in quality and various colours would have found good value at this sale, with few buyers present showing any interest in exotic sheep

The heavyweight class was represented by a 120-pound Clun Forest-cross lamb that brought $151.20 ($1.26/lb.)

Once again quality was clearly visible within this classification, which buyers used to make their decisions. Various animals weighing 95 pounds brought prices ranging as widely as $1.66 to $2.13/lb., with extra effort beneficial for the producer. Average prices that weren’t an outlier ranged from $2.03 to $2.05/lb. One exception was a 95-pound Suffolk-cross lamb which brought $2.13/lb.

Feeder lambs saw a variety of prices. An 85-pound Katahdin-cross lamb brought $1.60/lb. Wool lambs brought a price range from $1.98 to $2.20/lb. Eleven 92-pound Icelandic-cross lambs brought just $1/lb. Once again these lambs had excellent colours.

The lightweight lambs of the 70-plus-pound class ranged from $2.20 to $2.26/lb. An exception was a 79-pound Suffolk-cross lamb bringing $2.07/lb.

The 60-plus-pound classification continued this strong bidding. The price ranged from $2.29 to $2.37 per pound. However, the Icelandic-cross lambs did not reach this range. The seven 63-pound Icelandic-cross lambs brought $1.10 per pound.

Katahdin-cross lambs represented the 50-plus-pound classification. Price ranged from $1.91 to $2.10/lb.

A 35-pound Suffolk-cross lamb brought $1.50/lb. Four 38-pound Katahdin-cross lambs brought $1.40/lb.

Alpine-cross goat does represented the classification at this sale. Quality and age were guidelines for buyers. These issues caused wide price ranges. One group was from $1.06 to $1.21/lb. and another price range was from $1.53 to $1.54/lb. An exception was two 98-pound Alpine-cross goat does that brought $1.79/lb.

The lighter-weight Boer-cross goat bucks brought the higher price bidding. An 80-pound Boer-cross goat buck brought $2.22/lb., while a 160-pound Boer-cross goat buck brought $1.38/lb. A 60-pound Pygmy-cross goat buck brought $1.42/lb.

Heavier goat kids continued the strong bidding, but as the lighter goat kids entered the arena the bidding was not as strong. The eleven 71-pound Boer-cross goat kids brought $2.11/lb.

Two groups of 65-pound goat kids brought different bidding; first was $2.12/lb. and the other brought $2.46/lb.

The 50- and 58-pound Boer-cross goat kids brought $1.35/lb. and $2.07/lb.

A 45-pound Boer-cross goat kid brought $1.67/lb.

The group of two 28-pound Pygmy-cross goat kids and two 28-pound Alpine-cross goat kids, sold as a group, brought $1.16/lb.

The Ontario Stockyard Report indicated a higher bidding for well-fed light and heavy lambs compared to the last sale. All other classifications brought steady bidding.

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