The summer sheep and goat auction schedule is set to begin with one sale on the first Monday of every month.
The approaching Orthodox Easter translated into strong bidding for 300 sheep and goats at Winnipeg Livestock Auction April 20.
The bidding on the various ewes appeared to have dropped from the last sale. However, there did not appear to show any price differences between wool and hair ewes. There was a feeling of cleaning out the flock and establishing a healthier herd for the summer in this area. Even the special breeds, such as the Jacob’s sheep, demonstrated lower bidder interest. The average price bidding ranged from $0.73 to $0.91 per pound.
The selection of rams was better than the past few sales, although the price indicated some decline in bidding, ranging from $0.70 to $0.90 per pound.
Two 140-pound lambs represented the heavyweight classification and brought $1.46 per pound.
The market lamb classification was represented by two lambs. A 108-pound lamb brought $1.79 per pound and the other 110-pound lamb brought $1.65 per pound.
The 90- to 91-pound feeder lamb price ranged from $1.61 to $1.73 per pound. The 80- and 85-pound feeder lambs brought a price range of $1.95 to $2.07 per pound. Cull feeder lambs saw very low bidding.
The selection of the lightweight lambs was very limited but demand remained to fuel feeder lamb bidding. Two 75-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $220 per pound. Thirteen 66-pound Katahdin-cross lambs brought $1.84 per pound. A 50-pound Katahdin-cross lamb brought $2.07 per pound. Eight 59-pound lambs brought $2.20 per pound.
New-crop lambs saw slightly lower bidding than the last sale. Heavyweight 90-pound lambs brought $2.02 to $2.06 per pound, yet the mid-average-weight lambs brought a price range from $2.12 to $2.48 per pound. The extreme lower-weight new-crop lambs brought $2 per pound.
Goats experienced a slight price decline from the last sale. The Alpine-cross goat does were not showing the full characteristics of a mature frame. Quality of the goats is very important and the market is price sensitive towards it.
The bidding for goat bucks saw continued strong demand, similar to the last sale, with lower-weight bucks seeing the most buyer interest.
The goat kids did not show the strong bidding seen at the last sale. More were on offer and the weight of the animals didn’t seem to match buyer interest and preference.