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High quality of butcher lambs at Dec. 4 sale

The Winnipeg Livestock Auction received 830 sheep and goats on Dec. 4. A herd dispersal of quality ewes and goats was delivered for serious producers to increase and improve their herds.

The quality of the herd-dispersal ewes showed some influence on the other ewes delivered for this sale. The dispersal ewes were reasonably divided for bidding and allowing producers to take advantage of these quality ewes.

The two groups of 150-lb. ewes brought $115 ($0.75 per lb.). A group of 157-lb. ewes brought $102.50 ($0.65 per lb.). A group of 160-lb. ewes brought $102.50 ($0.64 per lb.). Buyers did not show the same interest in the ewes as in the last sale.

The two rams from the herd dispersal led the high bidding based upon the quality. There was no price distinction between the other rams based on wool or hair. The other rams kept similar strong bidding as the last sale. The price ranged from $0.60 to $0.73 per lb. for the rams.

The heavyweight lambs were only represented by the 135-lb. Rideau-cross lamb which brought $162 ($1.20 per lb.) and a 130-lb. Suffolk-cross lamb which brought $136.50 ($1.05 per lb.). Quality of the lambs was noticeable compared to the last sale.

The buyers expressed their appreciation on the quality of the market lambs. The price bidding had increased due to the extra effort by the producers on the final lamb product. The price ranged from $1.31 to $1.40 per lb.

The strong bidding continued for the feeder lambs. The well-finished lambs brought a price range from $1.27 to $1.39 per lb. The feeder lambs dominated this sale. There appeared no price distinction between wool and hair lambs.

The interest and demand for the lightweight lambs continued with similar prices for lambs in the 70-plus weights. There was no distinction between wool and hair lambs for this sale. The price ranged from $1.24 to $1.40 per lb.

Lambs in lower weights did nor receive the high bids. Lambs in the 60-plus weights had a price range from $1.175 to $1.25 per lb. An exception was a group of four 66-lb. Dorper-cross lambs which brought $91.08 ($1.38 per lb.).

Lambs in the 50-plus weights had lower prices for this sale. The price ranged from $1.05 to $1.225 per lb.

Two 45-lb. Rideau-cross lambs brought $40.50 ($0.90 per lb.). A 40-lb. Cheviot-cross lamb brought $36 ($0.90 per lb.).

Eight 38-lb. Dorper-cross lambs brought $26.60 ($0.70 per lb.).

The herd dispersal of goats drew buyers for quality animals. The Boer-cross goats set the quality level. The younger goat does developed the high price bidding. The Boer-cross does led the price range compared to the Alpine-cross does. An 80-lb. Boer-cross doe brought $1.63 per lb., while an 80-lb. Alpine-cross doe brought $1.03 per lb.

The lightweight Boer-cross bucks brought a high price. The 95-lb. Boer-cross buck brought $1.32 per lb. and the 115-lb. Boer-cross buck brought $1.20. The 155-lb. La Mancha-cross buck brought $1.10 per lb.

The price for the meat kids remained strong based upon a limited selection or a high demand. A 70-lb. Alpine-cross kid brought $1.70 per lb. and a 75-lb. Boer-cross wether brought $1.50 per lb.

Three 60-lb. Boer-cross kids brought $1.98 per lb. and two 65-lb. Boer-cross kids brought $2.03 per lb.

Ten 57-lb. Boer-cross bucklings brought $1.88 per lb.

The meat kids of the lighter weights led the price range. Three 47-lb. Boer-cross kids brought $2.08 per lb. The 44-lb. Boer-cross kids brought $2.05 and the La Mancha kids brought $1.60 per lb.

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