Lamb prices promisingly strong for start of 2016

There were 350 sheep and goats delivered to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction sale Jan. 6

Bidding on ewes was based on buyer preferences rather than weight. Buyers showed higher bidding interest in hair ewes. The hair ewes received $1.30 and $1.20 per pound, while the average bidding was $0.90 per pound.

There was only a 160-pound Rideau-cross ram, which brought $204.80 ($1.28 per pound).

Heavyweight lambs on offer included five 118-pound Katahdin-cross lambs, which brought $188.80 ($1.60 per pound). A 135-pound Suffolk-cross Dorset-lamb brought $205.20 ($1.52 per pound).

Producers provided a good selection of market lambs. There was no price differences between wool and hair lambs. The average price ranged from $1.72 to $1.785 per pound. A few lambs brought $1.55 and $1.66 per pound.

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Feeder lambs attracted strong bidding. The average price ranged from $1.80 to $1.91 per pound. A couple of groups of lambs brought $1.76 and $1.77 per pound.

The lightweight lambs maintained this bidding price at this sale.

The price ranged from $1.75 to $1.99 per pound.

The 60-plus-pound lamb brought a price range from $1.73 to $1.98 per pound.

The 50-plus-pound lambs brought a variety of prices, $1.20, $1.66 and $2.05 per pound.

A 45-pound Suffolk-cross lamb brought $1.70 per pound.


There were two groups of good-quality goat does on offer. Four 81-pound Boer-cross goat does brought $132.50 ($1.64 per pound). Ten 107-pound Alpine-cross goat does and yearlings brought $163 ($1.52 per pound). The Alpine-cross goat does provided an opportunity to increase a producer’s herd or replacement goats.

Six 85-pound Boer-cross goat bucks were on offer.

The goat kids dominated the goat sale. Many of the goat kids were grain fed and showed quality physical appearances. This sale follows the pattern of 2015, where the first sale was well supplied with various classification of goats. The goat kid prices ranged from $1.79 to $2.07 per pound. The lower-weight goat kids were still considered a risk and attracted lower bids. The price ranged from $1.30 to $1.50 per pound.

The Ontario Stockyard Report showed that well-fed lambs, sheep and goats brought higher prices.

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