Sheep and goat buyers focused on quality not weight

Results from the Winnipeg Livestock Auction Nov. 6 sale

Producers supplied 750 sheep and goats to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction on Nov. 6. There was strong bidding from new and traditional buyers.

There was no differences in the price range between the wool and hair sheep — even the extremely woolly ewes were within the range. The price range was from $0.35 to $0.54 per pound. The quality of the ewe outweighed weight in the bidding.

Ram prices continued to be strong, similar to the last sale. The quality of the rams determined the price. The weight ranged from 135 to 200 pounds, with the prices ranging from $0.53 to $0.86 per pound.

The heavyweight classification of lambs was very limited. Five 111-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $128.76 ($1.16 per pound). A 125-pound Suffolk-cross lamb brought $140 ($1.12 per pound).

There appeared to be no differences between wool and hair lambs in the market lamb classification; the price ranged from $0.95 to $1.20 per pound. An exception was a group of 12 grain-fed 98-pound Rideau-cross lambs which brought $122.50 ($1.25 per pound). Bids were lower for market lambs at this sale.

Feeder lambs dominated this sale, with good quality and selection for the buyers. The price range appeared not to be affected by wool or hair lamb factor, or the weight of the lamb. The buyers had choices, creating a price range from $1.09 to $1.28 per pound for lamb weights ranging from 80 to 93 pounds.

The lightweight lambs continued this strong price bidding, from $1.15 to $1.28 per pound.

The slightly lower-weight lambs could be separated by the wool and hair lambs, the lower bidding was shown on the hair lambs. Prices on the hair lambs ranged from $1.09 to $1.14 per pound, while the wool lambs prices ranged from $1.17 to $1.29 per pound.

The price range could be noticeable, separated between the wool and the hair lambs, in the 50- to 59-pound range. The hair lambs brought a price range from $0.77 to $0.80 per pound, while the wool lambs brought a price range from $1.16 to $1.28 per pound.

A 40-pound Suffolk-cross lamb brought $28 ($0.70 per pound). A 45-pound Rideau-cross lamb brought $41.63 ($0.925 per pound).

A 35-pound Katahdin-cross lamb brought $28 ($0.80 per pound). Two 35-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $33.60 ($0.96 per pound).

There was a good selection of goat does for the buyers. The does were drawing major interest from buyers. The dairy does were slightly lighter in weight compared to the meat goat does.

The Boer-cross bucks were impressive, as they entered the arena and were good breeding material for future herd improvements. The Alpine breed represented the goat-cross bucks and were slightly thin for this sale.

Buyers indicated major interest in the various weights of the goat kids. Even the bidding on the Pygmy-cross goats through the sale was strong. Three 52-pound Pygmy-cross does brought $77.50 ($1.49 per pound). Two 55-pound Pygmy-cross bucks brought $71 ($1.29 per pound). A 35-pound Pygmy kid brought $38 ($1.09 per pound).

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