There were 1,000 sheep and goats for the Winnipeg Livestock Sales auction on Oct. 17, with the auctioneer making comments on the quality of the animals throughout the sale. The audience was entertained by three alpacas that sold as well.
There appeared to be no differences on the bidding for the wool and hair ewes, based upon weight and age. The price ranged from $0.64 to $0.85 per pound. The supply of ewes was plentiful, so buyers could be selective in their bidding. The bidding on the cull ewes was severely lower compared to the last sale (Oct. 3); creating a much lower price range. There were a few occasions where the prices were much lower due to ewe disabilities.
The ram selection was slightly better than the last sale. The price range was similar, ranging from $0.86 to $1 per pound. A group of two 143-pound ram lambs brought $184.47 ($1.29 per pound).
The price range of $1.06 to $1.30 per pound for heavy lambs was higher than the last sale. The exception was one 165-pound Rideau-cross lamb which brought $146.85 ($0.89 per pound).
The wool lambs dominated the market lamb classification. The price ranged from $1.30 to $1.48 per pound with no apparent differences between wool and hair lambs. The weight ranged from 94 to 110 pounds.
The quality and quantity of the feeder lambs was good, creating a good selection. Again, there appeared to be no price differences between the wool and the hair lambs. The weight ranged from 80 to 97 pounds, with a price range from $1.27 to $1.50 per pound. The bidding on two groups of Katahdin-cross lambs maintained a lower price due to the clearly visible disabilities, plus, a couple other groups of feeder lambs received lower bidding due to physical disabilities.
The lightweight lambs that were only a few pounds lower than the feeder lamb classification attracted good bids. The wool-variety lambs dominated this weight class. The weight ranged from 71 to 79 pounds, with a price range from $1.21 to $1.47 per pound.
The bidding on the wool lambs in the 60- to 68-pound range was higher than the hair lambs. The price ranged from $1.21 to $1.32 per pound for the hair lambs and from $1.36 to $1.49 per pound for the wool lambs.
There was a strong demand for lambs in the 50- to 59-pound range. The bidding kept this strong price range from $1.33 to $1.51 per pound. However, there was a group of eight 51-pound Katahdin-cross lambs that sold for much lower, due to a visible disability.
The wool lambs dominated the 42- to 49-pound class. The price ranged from $1.43 to $1.575 per pound. An exception was a 45-pound Rideau-cross lamb which brought $52.88 ($1.175 per pound).
There were dairy and meat goats at this sale. A group of 10 109-pound Alpine-cross and Boer-cross does exposed to a buck brought $122 ($1.12 per pound). A heavier group of five 126-pound Alpine-cross and Boer-cross does brought $112.50 ($0.89 per pound). A similar pattern was shown based upon weight. The heavier Boer-cross does brought a lower price. Eight 114-pound Boer-cross does brought $130 ($1.14 per pound). Two 125-pound Boer-cross does brought $91 ($0.73 per pound).
The selection of bucks was more than the last sale. The demand was stronger by the various buyers, shown by the bidding on the heavier bucks. The price ranged from $1.50 to $2.07 per pound. The Boer-cross bucks dominated the classification, with even a 110-pound purebred Boer buck with papers. An impressive 108-pound Nubian-cross buck brought $170 ($1.57 per pound). A 105-pound Alpine-cross buck brought $175 ($1.67 per pound). A 130-pound grey Angora-cross buck entered the arena with the audience taking notice of his fine structure, and brought $150 ($1.15 per pound).
The demand for lightweight goats (kids) created some strong bidding by the various buyers. Fifteen 67-pound Boer-cross kids brought $118 ($1.76 per pound). Seventeen 64-pound Boer-cross kids brought $110 ($1.72 per pound).
Five 50-pound Alpine-cross kids brought $111 ($1.91 per pound). Six 50-pound Boer-cross kids brought $106 ($2.12 per pound).
Two 45-pound Boer-cross kids brought $87.50 ($1.94 per pound). Seventeen 49-pound Boer-cross kids brought $75 ($1.53 per pound).
A 30-pound Alpine-cross kid brought $55 ($1.83 per pound). Two 33-pound Boer-cross bucklings brought $55 ($1.67 per pound). A group of five 37-pound Boer-cross, La Mancha-cross and Nubian-cross kids brought $57 ($1.54 per pound).
A 25-pound spotted buckling brought $50 ($2 per pound).
The Ontario Stockyard Report states the sheep and well-fed lambs sold in a higher-price market. Goats of good structure and health sold for higher prices at last week’s sale.