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Flooded markets push prices lower

The Winnipeg Livestock Auction received 350 sheep and goats for the sale. The eastern and western markets have become filled with the constant supply of sheep and lambs — with the assistance of regionally supplied animals. Following other meat trends, store prices have not followed producer prices down.

The buyers put extreme pressure on the ewes delivered to this sale. The price ranged from $0.625 to $0.71 per pound for the better-quality ewes. The ewes in the lower class saw prices ranging from $0.16 to $0.39 per pound. There was an exception of a 210-pound Rideau-cross ewe that brought $119.70 ($0.57 per pound).

There appeared to be no separation between wool and hair rams or based upon the ranges of weight. Rams ranged from 170 to 270 lbs., producing a price range from $0.33 to $0.725 per pound.

The heavyweight lambs attracted more buyer interest. The heavier lambs ranged from 108 to 140 pounds, with a price range from $0.975 to $1.12 per pound.

The demand for the market lambs took a severe drop. The bidding was much lower. A group of four 95-pound lambs brought $88.35 ($0.93 per pound). A group of three 98-pound lambs brought $98.98 ($1.01 per pound). A 95-pound Cheviot-cross lamb brought $54.63 ($0.575 per pound).

Bidding declined for the feeder lambs, as the demand was quite a bit lower than the last sale. The weight ranged from 80 to 91 lbs., with price ranging from $1 to $1.10 per pound. Lower-quality feeder lambs attracted less interest.

The buyers wanted the lighterweight lambs, and created some stronger bidding throughout the audience. Forty-three 75-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $83.25 ($1.11 per pound). Seventeen 75-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $84.75 ($1.13 per pound).

Twelve 68-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $78.20 ($1.15 per pound). Twelve 64-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $71.68 ($1.12 per pound).

New-crop lambs were represented by two groups, that were just removed from the ewes. Three 98-pound lambs brought $126.42 ($1.29 per pound). Three 72-pound lambs brought $93.60 ($1.30 per pound). There was a group of Dorper-cross lambs that was passed by the producer at this sale.

Goats

The younger and lighter-weight goat does were of major interest, causing some constant and strong bidding. The dairy does drew higher bidding from the audience. A 70-pound Alpine-cross doe brought $100 ($1.43 per pound). A 75-pound Alpine-cross doe brought $105 ($1.40 per pound).

An 85-pound Boer-cross doe brought $100 ($1.18 per pound). A 95-pound Boer-cross doe brought $107.50 ($1.13 per pound). The heavier-weight does were slightly lower in the price bidding. Two 125-pound Boer-cross does brought $117 ($0.94 per pound). Five 121-pound Boer-cross does brought $95 ($0.79 per pound).

The quantity of goat bucks was slightly lower. A 105-pound Alpine-cross buck brought $122.50 ($1.19 per pound). A 90-pound Boer-cross buck brought $112.50 ($1.25 per pound). A group of four 75-pound Boer-cross bucks brought $116 ($1.55 per pound).

Three 83-pound Alpine-cross goats brought $129 ($1.55 per pound). Two 88-pound La Mancha-cross goats brought $138 ($1.57 per pound).

The classification of goat (kids) or lighter-weight goats was much higher on demand from the buyers throughout the audience at this sale. This tender continued from the previous sale. Four 75-pound Boer-cross kids brought $112 ($1.49 per pound).

Three 60-pound Boer-cross kids brought $93 ($1.55 per pound). Three 65-pound Boer-cross kids brought $82.50 ($1.27 per pound).

A 55-pound La Mancha-cross Pygmy kid brought $82.50 ($1.50 per pound).

Two 45-pound Boer-cross kids brought $66 ($1.47 per pound). A 45-pound Alpine-cross Pygmy kid brought $75 ($1.67 per pound).

The Ontario Stockyard Report showed that heavier lambs sold for slightly higher prices than the lightweight lambs. The bidding has been constant for the sheep over the past few sales. The demand for the smaller and light-weight goats was the best it has been for the past sales.

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