A total of 392 sheep and goats made their way through the sales ring Nov. 21 at Winnipeg Livestock Auction.
Buyers were out in numbers to purchase animals intended for consumption at the upcoming Rabi’ al-awwal Muslim festival. Sellers were aware of the significance of the date and kept buyers well supplied with selection.
Dorper-cross dominated the ewe class. The average price ranged from $0.91 to $1.07/lb. The 130-pound Cheviot-cross ewes brought $1.18/lb.
The wool rams dominated the ram class and maintained higher bidding prices. Three 172-pound Dorper-cross rams brought $0.92/lb. The wool ram prices ranged from $0.82 to $1.05/lb. Two 170-pound Suffolk-cross rams were of excellent show quality.
The heavyweight lambs had a quiet bidding period. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair lambs at this sale. There was a group of 24 115-pound lambs which brought $1.58/lb.
The hair market lamb prices fell much lower than the wool lambs. The buyers had little interest in hair lambs; only a few local buyers were bidding. The hair lamb prices ranged from $1.45 to $1.51/lb. Even one group of Dorper-cross lambs could not reach this range. The wool lambs had a price range from $1.70 to $1.81/lb.
Quality was extremely important in the feeder lamb class. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair feeder lambs in most bidding. However, two groups of hair lambs created difficulties for the auctioneer to receive bids. The average price ranged from $1.81 to $1.93/lb.
In the lightweight lamb class the hair lambs could not maintain the average of the wool lambs. The 70-plus hair lambs had a price range from $1.40 to $1.50/lb. The 70-plus wool lambs had a price range from $1.82 to $1.97/lb.
The 60-plus lambs did not have a clear price range pattern. The local buyers seemed to be most interested. It was more a pick and choose situation.
The extremely light lambs could not maintain prices, similar to the last few sales. The winter conditions and possibly the size of the lambs were just not as attractive to the buyers. Buyers were clearly considering these animals to be culls. The 50-plus lambs brought $0.90/lb. The 40-plus lambs brought $1.20/lb.
There appears to be a full market for goats in general, so bidding was not as active. The buyers have a supply of goats that they wish to maintain at this time. Some of the goat does were possibly for increasing a herd — if quality was visible.
The young meat goat bucks have kept the interest for numerous reasons. With the winter season approaching and with it the breeding season, bidding still is present.
The goat kid prices have truly decreased in the past few sales. The supply of goat kids have increased and generally been a variety of weights. The different goat weights have given the various buyers a solution for all purposes. However, the price bidding has definitely dropped to the point of being quite noticeable.
Each auction is competing among themselves, and this is around the same period of time. In most circumstances the same buyers are attending these auctions. Culls are becoming very low price, compared to other auction sheep and goats. The buyers are more flexible in their purchases through these various sales. So if the auctions are near or farther away, a person can assume these purchasing methods apply.