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Summer schedule for sheep and goat sales begins

Monthly sales and fewer deliveries will mark this market for the coming months

The summer schedule of a single sheep and goat sale each month has begun at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. This will likely limit the number of sheep and goats delivered and mean less selection for buyers filling orders for the Eastern Canada market. The June 5 sale saw 344 goats delivered.

During the sheep sale, some of the ewes showed the structure and muscle development, however, it also clearly pointed out some of the poor areas. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair ewes. The cull ewes were clearly indicated by extremely lower bidding.

There was a high demand for the younger wool rams, as the bidding became exciting. Sheared rams allowed the buyers to examine the full muscle and tone. The lightweight rams received prices such as: $1.45/$1.56/$1.68 per lb. The heavier-weight rams had prices such as: $1.02/$1.09/$1.15 per lb. A 230-pound Dorper-cross ram had a standoff with the ringmaster for a moment or two. Then just as sudden as it developed, the ram decided to back off from his threat.

The heavyweight lambs had limited selection. Buyers were not interested in purchasing for holding purposes. A group of three 112-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $1.80 per lb. A 120-pound Dorper-cross lamb brought $1.61 per lb.

The market lamb class clearly indicated that lower-weight lambs were wanted. Two 98-pound Katahdin-cross lambs brought $2.22 per lb. and three 102-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $1.60 per lb.

Buyers were bidding for feeder lambs, creating some strong bids. Only one group entered the arena. Twenty 98-pound lambs brought $2.20/lb.

The lightweight lambs made major efforts to maintain the feeder lamb prices. The 73-pound sheared hair lambs were of interest for the buyers and brought $2.22 per lb. The 73-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $1.93 per lb. Three 62-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $2.21 per lb. Eight 53-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $2.01 per lb.

Each group entering the arena were well balanced in development and structure. The hair lambs could compete with the wool lambs in this class. The bidding was constant, in the fashion that heavier lambs received lower price bidding.

Young goat does were of major interest for the buyers at this sale. Even the young dairy goat does competed fairly well with the young meat goat does. The older goat does were viewed as culls, which was represented by the lower bidding.

The goat bucks were equally represented by dairy and meat classes at this sale. The dairy goat bucks brought the higher bidding. Three 87-pound Alpine-cross goat bucks brought $1.75 per lb. Two 103-pound Boer-cross goat bucks brought $1.34 per lb.

The goat kid class has not reached the past year’s standard prices. Possibly, those prices and bidding are history. A group of six 64-pound Nubian wethers brought $2.30 per lb. Another group of 19 64-pound goat kids brought $2.02 per lb. Once again, the buyers had no interest in the very young and low-weight goat kids.

The Ontario Stockyard Report indicated the auctioneer had some difficulties in selling the goats, to reach a basic standard for each class. The buyers were not creating a very loud noise with their bidding, as the sheep and lambs prices had dropped.

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