There were nearly equal numbers of sheep and goats among the 500 animals delivered for the Winnipeg Livestock Auction sale on August 3. A good selection of various classification of goats created high interest for the buyers, as there have been limited numbers for recent sales.
The quality of the Dorper-cross ewes that entered the arena suggested that they might be a herd dispersal, and the bidding indicated special interest. The price ranged from $1.11 to $1.16 per pound, while the average ranged from $0.85 to $0.99 per pound.
Ram prices ranged from $1.03 to $1.08, but two 155-pound Dorper-crosses brought $1.55.
No heavyweight lambs were delivered.
There was a limited selection of market lambs for this sale. They brought $1.89 per pound.
The feeder lamb quality was also high, attracting some strong bidding. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair lambs. The top price ranged from $2.08 to $2.11 per pound. The selection of feeder lambs allowed the buyers to fill their orders.
Generally, the lightweight lambs attracted similar bidding to the feeder lambs. The 70-plus-pound lambs ranged from $1.80 to $2 per pound. Even a specialty breed (Jacob sheep) kept within the bidding range. The young Dorper-cross lambs — a product from the ewes — brought similar bidding, with good quality throughout the whole herd.
The 60-pound lambs had the buyers’ interest. Three 62-pound Cheviot-cross lambs brought $2.10 per pound. Nineteen 63-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $1.88.
Seventeen 54-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $2.01 per pound and 15 58-pound Dorper-cross lambs brought $1.68.
Overall, the Dorper-cross lambs showed quality and uniformity for each weight class. Eleven 42-pound Dorper-crosses brought $1.73 per pound and 19 45-pounders brought $1.80 per pound.
A group of 43-pound lambs was judged more as culls and brought $1.02 per pound.
The lower-weight lambs were considered as culls requiring extra attention and the bidding became very slow.
Past sales have had a limited selection of the various classification of goats, but this sale had a good selection of goat does (see chart further down). There appeared to be similar interest in the meat and dairy goat does and buyers were taking advantage of purchasing the various goats delivered. The meat goat does were not as high in quality compared to the dairy goats. In most cases, a little extra care and management will assist these animals.
The only goat buck delivered was a dairy breed. A 190-pound Alpine goat buck cross brought $1.84 per pound.
The number of goat kids was much higher than in the past few sales and the various buyers took advantage of this opportunity. The bidding remained fairly constant in each weight class, even with more goat kids available. Frequently, more animals within a class causes lower bidding. However, goat kid numbers have been very limited.
The Ontario Stockyard report showed higher bidding for lower-than-usual numbers of lambs and goats in all classes available. Buyers usually determine their bidding based upon the producers delivering the amounts of lambs and goats for each sale.