Warmer weather may finally be here, but the traditional slowing down of the market has yet to appear, perhaps a reflection of the late spring.
With 200 animals delivered for sale, sheep and goats were in plentiful supply and prices largely held their own, with a little bit of up and down when compared to the last sale.
Buyers seemed to be preparing for the summer sales.
The demand for young and lightweight ewes was slightly lower than the last sale. Buyers kept bidding strong, with no price differences between wool and hair ewes. The bidding on the heavier ewes dropped in comparison with other prices. Price ranged from $1.36 to $1.55/lb. generally, while the lower-price animals ranged from $1.05 to $1.10/lb.
There was no major price differences in wool and the hair rams. There were some buyer concerns related to the heavy weight of the rams. Some buyers were purchasing for breeding purposes. The price ranged from $1.44 to $1.56/lb.
A 135-pound Suffolk-cross lamb represented the heavyweight class and brought $267.30 ($1.98/lb.).
No market lambs were delivered.
Six 89-pound Clun Forest-cross lambs represented the feeder lambs class and brought $2.35/lb.
The lightweight class continued this greatly improved bidding for the lambs, due to quality and uniform body structure for each group entering the arena, especially in the 70-plus-pound lambs.
The lighter lambs, requiring further maintenance and fattening, saw greatly reduced bidding.
A 60-pound Cheviot-cross lamb brought $1/lb., a 40-pound Rideau-cross lamb brought $1.40/lb. and a 35-pound Cheviot-cross lamb brought $1.10/lb.
It was full steam ahead in the bidding for new-crop lambs, largely based on the quality of the animals on offer. Good-quality new-crop lambs appear to be able to draw decent prices regardless of whether a holiday season is driving demand.
In the goat sale, Alpine-cross does represented the dairy class. These goats required some conditioning. However, due to expectations with the spring and summer season, buyers were aware goats could be limited for a few future sales.
One 200-pound Boer goat buck was a true specimen when he entered the arena. His stand and presence gave true showmanship for any exhibition.
The dairy kids were represented by the Alpine-cross kids. In most cases extra maintenance would have been a positive, with the animals requiring some fattening.
Meat kids saw improved sale conditions, with the bidding clearly reflecting the differences in quality.
Pygmy goats, as always, attracted buyer attention. Their small stature, and cute and ‘clowning’ attitude generally gives most observers a bit of a boost, sparking interest.