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Interest and prices increase for heavy lambs

The Winnipeg Livestock Auction received 300 sheep and goats for the Nov. 21 sale. The buyers were keeping within a close price range, within their bidding, on the various classifications. Ontario market prices are influencing the Manitoba bidding

The wool sheep dominated ewe sales, with the bidding consistent with the previous sale. The average price ranged from $0.45 to $0.75 per pound; while the last sale produced a price range from $0.39 to $0.58 per pound. Even the heavyweight ewes were within the price range, a group of four 216-lb. Suffolk-cross ewes provided a price of $0.60 per pound. Six 110-pound Katahdin-cross ewes brought $78.10 ($0.71 per pound).

The bidding on the rams was limited. The 230-pound Rideau-cross ram brought $144.90 ($0.63 per pound). The 195-pound Cheviot-cross ram brought $103.35 ($0.53 per pound). A four-horn, 155-pound Jacob ram entered the arena, with some interest from the audience. This ram brought $80.60 ($0.52 per pound).

Dorset-cross lambs dominated the heavyweight lambs. The price ranged from $0.88 to $0.94 per pound, for weight ranging from 115 to 145 pounds. The demand for the heavy lambs remained similar to the last sale.

The bidding on the market lambs was not as strong as at previous sales, which drew prices downward. The price ranged from $1 to $1.02 per pound for the wool lambs.The 95-pound Katahdin-cross lamb brought $94.05 ($0.99 per pound). The group of 13 96-pound Blackface-cross and Suffolk-cross lambs brought $103.68 ($1.08 per pound).

The bidding was not as exciting or intense for the feeder lambs. The wool lambs brought a price range from $1.11 to $1.18 for a weight range of 80 to 82 pounds. The six 89-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $92.56 ($1.04 per pound).

The lightweight lambs dominated this sale. The 70- to 79-pound lambs created a price range from $1.13 to $1.21 per pound.

There were two groups of 56-pound lambs. The six 56-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $1.04 per pound. The other group of lambs brought $1.09 per pound. There were two groups of 58-pound Cheviot-cross lambs, with no major visible differences in the lambs. However, one group brought $1.18 per pound and the other group brought $1.25 per pound.

The 45-pound Blackface-cross lamb brought $52.88 ($1.175 per pound).

Three 35-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $28 ($0.80 per pound).

The quality and the interest for the goat does was not as strong as the last sale. The seven 96-pound Alpine-cross does that were high-quality dairy does brought $53 ($0.55 per pound). The 70-pound Alpine-cross doe was of similar fashion, with limited bidding. It brought $30 ($0.43 per pound).

The selection of goat bucks was very limited. An impressive 225-pound Boer-cross buck entered the arena, good quality for future herd improvements. This Boer-cross buck brought $157.50 ($0.70 per pound). Three 132-pound Boer-cross bucks brought $98 ($0.74 per pound). A group of 18, 85-pound Boer-cross bucks, brought $70 ($0.82 per pound).

Two 103-pound Pygmy-cross ewes brought $62.50 ($0.61 per pound).

Two 83-pound Boer- cross kids, brought $82 ($0.99 per pound).

A well-developed structural 75-pound Alpine-cross wether, brought $85 ($1.13 per pound). A Saanen-cross wether and a Boer-cross wether, both being 70 pounds, brought $89 ($1.27 per pound).

Nine 64-pound Alpine-cross goat kids brought $81 ($1.27 per pound).

A group of seven 55-pound Alpine-cross and Boer-cross goat kids brought $67 ($1.22 per pound). Four 56-pound Boer-cross goat kids brought $71 ($1.27 per pound). Two 58-pound Boer-cross goat kids, brought $75 ($1.29 per pound).

Nine 45-pound Boer-cross goat kids brought $47.50 ($1.06 per pound ). Three 47-pound Alpine-cross goat kids brought $40 ($0.85 per pound).

Three 33-pound Boer-cross goat kids brought $32 ($0.97 per pound). Two 30-pound Boer-cross goat kids brought $45 ($1.50 per pound).

The Ontario Stockyard Report indicated that the prices were still dropping for the various sheep and lamb classifications. Only the well-fed light lambs, still drew interest from the buyers, keeping a steady bidding price. Various goats were maintaining a constant price range, but still not very strong.

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