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Auction fills festival requirements

One of the Muslim world’s two globally celebrated festivals drove this market 

The August 1 sheep sale at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction was scheduled in preparation for the Eli-al-Adha, or Festival of Sacrifice, a major holiday in the Muslim world.

Producers provided about 600 sheep and goats in expectation of an exciting sale. The next auction was to be held August 15.

In the sheep sale buyers were searching for lightweight ewes, generally for increasing or improving a herd. Quality was present for most of the younger ewes. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair ewes. Ewes that were sheared showed any imperfections that were present but with no effect on the real bidding. Exotic ewes could not reach the top bidding but still remained within the price range. An Icelandic ewe had full development and the lamb that this ewe produced was at this sale, as well.

A 145-pound Rideau-cross ram brought $129.05 ($0.89/lb.). A 180-pound Rideau-cross ram brought $196.20 ($1.09/lb.).

The buyers were provided with a nice supply of heavyweight lambs. The bidding was in a close price range from $2.12 to $2.20/lb.

The bidding price range increased with the market lambs, from $2.32 to $2.42/lb. However, two 100-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $228/lb.

Lamb buyers kept on in a similar fashion as the other classes. The prices ranged from $2.17 to $2.42 per lb. Two 85-pound Katahdin-cross lambs brought $1.70/lb.

There was a slight drop in the bidding prices from the buyers on the 70-plus-pound lambs, at this sale. The price ranged from $2.23 to $2.38/lb. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair lambs.

The hair lambs dominated this 60-plus class, for the bidding reached $2.25 to $2.38/lb. The two 68-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $2.18/lb.

Fifteen 58-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $132.24 ($2.28/lb.).

The lighter-weight lambs were of less demand by the buyers at this sale. The price ranged from $1.98 to $2.11/lb. This was a bit of a surprise. An exception was two 40-pound Dorper-cross lambs that brought $2.41/lb.

During the goat sale lighter-weight Boer-cross goat does held a higher interest and demand from buyers. There was a noticeable increase of red Karacher Boer-cross does provided for this sales.

There was less interest for any dairy goat doe breeds.

Spotted Boer-cross goat bucks were clearly an important interest catcher for the buyers. The Alpine-cross goat buck represented the dairy buck class.

The buyers were surely purchasing the various goat kid weight classes. Quality and temperament of the goat kids kept the buyers to the very last goat to be sold. At times, the noise was much louder than the auctioneer could compete. Yet, as each group of the goats arrived in the arena, all the various buyers viewed their purposes and expectations.

The Ontario Stockyard Report indicated that the lambs sold at a steady price. Any special or exotic lambs simply did not have the same desire. The increase in the goat numbers did not create low bidding. There has not been this large quantities of goats delivered for many past sales.

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