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Prices plummet in spite of quality

There were 750 sheep and goats delivered to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction Nov. 7 sale. Bidding was lacklustre compared to earlier sales and prices were lower, despite good-quality sheep and goats on offer.

There was equal representation from wool and hair sheep ewes with the average price ranging from $.39 to $.58 per pound. A group of 10,195-pound Dorset-cross and Suffolk-cross ewes, reported to be pregnant — did not draw much interest. This group sold for $122.85 ( $0.63 per pound). Even a group of four 130-pound younger Dorper-cross and Suffolk-cross ewes did not create a high flurry of bidding. These young ewes sold for $81.90 ($0.63 per pound).

The selection of rams was limited, but the bidding appeared to be limited, as well. Two good breeding Katahdin-cross rams were sold separately, for those producers requiring some new herd improvements. The 145-pound Katahdin-cross ram brought $119.63 ($0.825 per pound); the 160-pound Katahdin-cross ram brought $131.20 ($0.82 per pound). Two 205-pound Suffolk-cross rams brought $76.88 ($0.375 per pound). The 240-pound Dorset-cross ram brought $144 ($0.60 per pound).

The heavyweight lambs were limited in numbers delivered for this sale. Two 113-pound Katahdin-cross lambs brought $92.66 ($0.82 per pound). Then there was a group of 117-pound lambs that brought $125.19 ($1.07 per pound).

Once again, the wool lambs dominated the market lamb classification. The price ranged from $1.07 to $1.19 per pound; at a weight range of 97- to 110-pound lambs. There was an exception, two 108-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $78.84 ($0.73 per pound).

The feeder lambs dominated, with no apparent differences between wool and hair lambs. The bidding started with firm interest from the buyers, but the prices remained lower than the last sale. The weight ranged from 80 to 94 pounds, with a price range from $1 to $1.25 per pound. An exception was an 80-pound lamb that brought $68 ($0.85 per pound).

The lightweight lambs continued, with similar bidding from the buyers. The 70- to 79-pound lambs were dominated by hair lambs. The price ranged from $0.99 to $1.28 per pound. An exception was two 73-pound Cheviot-cross lambs which brought $94.90 ($1.30 per pound).

The lambs in the 60- to 69-pound range were evenly mixed with wool and hair lambs. The price ranged from $1.15 to $1.24 per pound.

Three 53-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $62.54 ($1.18 per pound). A group of 54-pound lambs brought $63.72 ($1.18 per pound).

Two 45-pound lambs brought $37.13 ($0.825 per pound). Six 41-pound lambs brought $32.80 ($0.80 per pound).

One 30-pound Dorper-cross lamb brought $32.25 ($1.075 per pound).

Goats

Once again, the goat classification of does was represented by dairy and meat industry. The bidding had mixed interest from the buyers for the dairy breeds and the meat breed. The group of three 95-pound Alpine-cross does brought $97.50 ($1.03 per pound). One 80-pound La Mancha-cross Boer doe brought $62.50 ($0.78 per pound). The price ranged from $0.76 to $1.03 per pound for the Boer does at this sale. Two 123-pound Boer-cross Kiko does brought $132.50 ($1.17 per pound). Two 65-pound Pygmy-cross does brought $75 ($1.15 per pound). A 90-pound Boer doeling brought $105 ($1.17 per pound).

The dairy buck selection was represented by Alpine-cross bucks. The 80-pound Alpine-cross buck brought $95 ($1.19 per pound). The 100-pound Alpine-cross buck brought $145 ($1.45 per pound). The price ranged from $0.80 to $1.29 per pound, for the meat bucks represented by Boer-cross bucks.

A 165-pound Kiko-cross buck brought $110 ($0.67 per pound). Two 73-pound Pygmy-cross bucks brought $77.50 ($1.06 per pound ). One 50-pound Pygmy-cross buck brought $57.50 ($1.15 per pound).

Six 73-pound Boer-cross kids brought $102 ($1.40 per pound).

Six 67-pound Boer-cross kids brought $92 ($1.37 per pound).

Goat kids in the weight range from 50 to 58 pounds kept the strong bidding of the buyers. Alpine-cross kids brought a price range from $1.15 to $1.40 per pound. The Boer-cross kids brought a price range from $1.26 to $1.40 per pound.

A group of nine 45-pound La Mancha-cross kids and Boer-cross kids brought $45 ($1 per pound). Two 48-pound Boer-cross kids brought $57 ($1.19 per pound). Ten 48-pound Boer-cross kids brought $60 ($1.25 per pound).

Two 38-pound Boer-cross kids brought $50 ($1.32 per pound).

The Ontario Stockyard Report states that all quality lambs sold at a steady rate. However, this is only after the past three weeks, when the prices had been falling for the lambs and sheep. Fat sheep were once again selling for a lower price. Quality goats are selling at a steady price.

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