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Good combination of supply and demand

The Winnipeg Livestock Auction had approximately 200 sheep and goats delivered for the Feb. 16 sale. Demand was strong with the Easter season approaching. Reminder: the first sale in April is one day before Good Friday.

The price of the ewes slightly increased from the last sale. The bidding remained constant on the good quality of these ewes. There appeared to be no correlation between the weight and age for the bidding prices. The majority of the ewes were fleshy and could have been for breeding purposes. The quality ewes brought $0.85 to $1.09 per pound.

A producer was selling his small herd of ewes, which had been bred to a Dorper-cross ram. The auctioneer sold these by the dollar thus creating major interest within the various buyers. Some bred ewes were also sold last sale in this fashion. At the last sale, the ewes brought a price of $1.13 to $1.25 per pound. The ewes sold at this sale, brought a price range of $1.35 to $1.38 per pound.

The demand on the rams caused some major bidding. The selection of rams, was good for either improving a herd or for the meat industry. The price ranged from $0.88 to $1.05 per pound.

The extreme heavyweight lambs showed some lower bidding by the buyers. A 155-pound Suffolk-cross lamb, brought $155 ($1 per pound). While the lighter lambs of the heavyweight lamb classification, brought a higher price range. Two 128-pound Suffolk-cross lambs, brought $229.12 ($1.79 per pound).

The group of two 125-pound Rideau-cross lambs, brought $236.25 ($1.89 per pound).

There were no lambs delivered for the market-weight lamb classification in this sale.

The classification of the feeder lambs maintained a high percentage of the lambs sold at this sale. There were no novelty breeds, at this sale. The bidding was strong and produced a high dollar per pound for these 83- and 86-pound lambs. These lambs brought a price range from $2.08 to $2.23 per pound. Only one group of six 85-pound lambs, brought a lower price range of $1.95 per pound.

The lambs in the lightweight classification, continued with this higher bidding, from the buyers. These lambs brought a price range of $1.80 to $2.29 per pound. The hairless lambs brought the lower end of this price range, $1.80 to $1.99 per pound.

The 65-pound Dorper-cross lamb, brought $127.40 ($1.96 per pound).

The group of eight 49-pound Dorper-cross lambs, brought $95.06 ($1.94 per pound). The 40-pound Suffolk-cross lamb, brought $68 ($1.70 per pound).

The price for does slightly dropped for this sale. A 150-pound Boer-cross doe, brought $120 ($0.80 per pound) and a 115-pound Boer-cross doe, brought $107.50 ($0.94 per pound). A group of three 103-pound does, brought $100 ($0.98 per pound). The auctioneer announced that the next doe had been treated and would take a period of time, before this animal could be used for the meat industry. This 85-pound Boer-cross doe, brought $110 ($1.29 per pound).

There was only two bucks delivered for this sale; thus creating some good bidding. The 215-pound Boer-cross buck, brought $295 ($1.37 per pound). The other was an Alpine-cross buck with impressive markings that fetched $235 ($1.47 per pound).

A group of three 102-pound wethers, brought $151 ($1.48 per pound).

Goat kids dominated the selection of goats on offer. The interest from the buyers has continued, however, slightly dropped from the past sale. A 60-pound Boer-cross kid, brought $106 ($1.77 per pound). The dairy variety of 65-pound kids, brought $110, ($1.69 per pound).

A group of nine 55-pound dairy wether kids, brought $92 ($1.67 per pound). Another group of four 54-pound dairy wether kids, brought $110 ($2.04 per pound).

Two 58-pound Boer-cross doelings, brought $94 ($1.62 per pound). Three 53-pound Angora-cross doelings, brought $110 ($2.08 per pound).

A 45-pound Alpine-Boer-cross wether that had received treatment and could not be sold for meat in the short term, brought $88 ($1.96 per pound).

The Ontario Stockyard Report (February 16, 2012), states the sheep traded steady; with lower bidding on the lambs. The young goats (kids) sold with a higher interest from the buyers.

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