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Will lamb prices be affected by a lower loonie?

Producers delivered 200 sheep and goats to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction for the Feb. 20 sale. Manitoba buyers have started to follow Ontario price trends. New-crop lambs have not shown the same high prices as last year in the Ontario market.

The quality of wool and hair ewes on offer was good and prices were similar to the last sale. The price ranged from $0.70 to $0.83 per pound and the weight ranged from 129 to 190 pounds.

There was one 165-pound Dorset-cross ram on offer which brought $115.50 ($0.70 per pound).

The demand for the heavyweight lambs was not as strong as at the last sale. A mixed group of 25 115-pound lambs brought $123.05 ($1.07 per pound).

A 115-pound Romnova-cross lamb brought $121.90 ($1.06 per pound). A group of three 118-pound lambs brought $130.98 ($1.18 per pound).

The demand for market lambs remained fairly constant. Three 100-pound Katahdin lambs brought $107 ($1.07 per pound). A 105-pound Romnova-cross lamb brought $118.65 ($1.13 per pound).

Feeder lamb prices were much stronger than the last sale. The price ranged from $1.10 to $1.20 per pound with weights ranging from 84 to 93 pounds. There was no differences between the wool and hair lambs in bidding.

The prices for lightweight lambs were stronger. Four 71-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $83.07 ($17 per pound). Nine 79-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $97.17 ($1.23 per pound).

Four 56-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $58.24 ($1.04 per pound).

Two groups of Boer-cross does represented the classification. Four 184-pound Boer-cross does brought $125 ($0.68 per pound). The nine 124-pound younger Boer-cross does brought $102.50 ($0.83 per pound).

There was an improved selection of bucks. Producers had supplied dairy and meat varieties which attracted strong bidding. Prices for dairy bucks were lower than for meat bucks. Three 93-pound Alpine-cross bucks brought $118 ($1.27 per pound). A group of five 85-pound Saanen-cross and Alpine-cross bucks brought $98 ($1.15 per pound). Three 85-pound Boer-cross bucks brought $110 ($1.29 per pound). A 95-pound Boer-cross buck brought $123 ($1.30 per pound).

Four 73-pound Boer-cross doelings brought $114 ($1.56 per pound).

Eight 79-pound Boer-cross bucklings brought $118 ($1.49 per pound).

Four 68-pound Boer-cross wethers brought $111 ($1.63 per pound). Eight 66-pound Boer-cross wethers brought $107 ($1.62 per pound). Seven 58-pound Boer-cross wethers brought $104 ($1.79 per pound).

The Ontario Stockyard Report continues to show a continued downward trend for heavy lambs. The demand from the buyers allowed the lightweight lambs to develop a steady price. Once again, the goat prices remained steady due to the constant demand.

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