Local buyers show interest on lower-weight animals

Producers delivered 128 sheep and goats, to the Winnipeg Livestock Auction, March 1, 2012. Buyer turnout however, was low.

Bidding indicated demand for ewes was lower than the previous sale. The majority of the ewes were aged, with limited future breeding potential. The bidding was mainly for the meat industry. The 155-pound ewes brought $0.74 and $0.70 per pound. The remaining heavier ewes, brought a price range of $0.76 to $0.85 per pound.

The selection of rams was limited, but heavy quality. The demand for the rams was stronger than for the ewes. Thus the bidding on the rams, brought a higher price range of $0.80 to $0.97 per pound. An exception was a 105-pound Cheviot-cross ram that brought $115.50 ($1.10 per pound).

As the auction continued, there was little demand to separate the rams and the ewes, creating a middle price range of $0.82 to $0.84 per pound. A very impressive novelty Barbado-cross ram, with a large body structure and large curved-horn frame weighing 210 pounds brought $193.20 ($0.92 per pound).

There appeared to be some relationship between weight and the price bidding, but not on the breed of the heavyweight lambs. The 132- and 145-pound lambs, brought $110.88 and $210.55 ($0.84 and $1.39 per pound). The 120- and 123-pound lambs, brought $198 and $218.33 ($1.65 and $1.775 per pound).

Although numbers were limited, market lambs dominated this sale. Two groups of 99-pound lambs brought $176.22 and $194.04 ($1.78 and $1.96 per pound).

There was a group of 12, 85-pound feeder lambs that brought $192.10 ($2.26 per pound). A 80-pound Suffolk-cross lamb, brought $175.20 ($2.19 per pound).

The lambs in the lightweight classification continued with a slightly lower price bidding compared to the feeder lambs. Individual local buyers were interested in these lambs. A group of six 78-pound Cheviot-cross lambs, brought $176.28 ($2.26 per pound). A group of five 79-pound Cheviot-cross lambs, brought $176.96 ($2.24 per pound). A 70-pound (cull) Suffolk-cross lamb, brought $99.75 ($1.425 per pound).

Three 60-pound Rideau-cross lambs, brought $129 ($2.15 per pound).

In the goats, there was only one doe delivered for this sale. The 120-pound Boer-cross doe brought $135 ($1.13 per pound).

More bucks were delivered for this sale than the last one. The price bidding was strong for the bucks, similar to the strong prices of the last sale. There appeared to be no relationship between the larger goats and the smaller-sized goats, on the price ranges or within the breed of the goat. A 135-pound Boer-cross buck, brought $185 ($1.37 per pound). A 110-pound white Boer-cross buck, brought $145 ($1.32 per pound). The smaller-framed Pygmy-cross bucks, brought a price range of $0.75 to $1.73 per pound.

Goat kids dominated the selection of goats sold for this sale. There was strong demand for the lightweight goats. A 40-pound Boer-cross wether, brought $62.50 ($1.56 per pound). A mixed group of 16, 48-pound Boer-cross and La Mancha-cross kids, brought $74 ($1.54 per pound).

The Ontario Stockyard Report (March 2, 2012), stated the price that was lost/dropped on the sheep of last week — was returned for this week. Lambs were sold on a steady to a stronger bidding price. All goat classifications held a firm price.

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