Producers took advantage of the mild weather on February 2 for the sheep and goat sale at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction. There were about 300 sheep and goats delivered for this sale. The weather might have been mild outdoors, but there was some heated bidding by the buyers (for the meat industry and for herd improvements).
Quality ewes demanded good bidding from the buyers. The various groups of pregnant Dorper-cross ewes led the high bidding, with as much interest as for the young ewes. The Dorper-cross ewes would soon be lambing, which created interest for increasing and improving individual herds. The price range for these ewes, ranged from $1.13 to $1.25 per pound. The quality ewes brought $1.16 to $1 per pound. The cull ewes brought $0.38 to $0.89.
There appeared to be no correlation between the weight of the ram and the price per pound, but possibly more on the buyers (herd improvement) requirements. There was a good selection of rams available at this sale. The 205-pound Suffolk-cross ram was quite tame, following the arena person, for some attention. This Suffolk-cross ram brought $211.15 ($1.03 per pound). The price range for the various rams was in the range of $0.80 to $1.075 per pound. The 145-pound Dorper-cross ram was the top ram of the day, bringing $172.55 ($1.19 per pound).
In the heavyweight lamb classification, two groups of 115-pound lambs, seemed to produce different bidding prices. The group of three Cheviot-cross lambs brought $211.60 ($1.84 per pound) and the larger group of 12 Suffolk-cross ewe lambs, brought $225 ($1.96 per pound). The heavier-weight Cheviot-cross lamb (125 pounds), brought $150 ($1.20 per pound).
Producers supplied lambs on the heavy stages of the market lamb classification for this sale. The price range was $1.87 to $1.95 per pound.
Only a few feeder lambs were supplied, creating some wild bidding from the buyers. Two 83-pound Cheviot-cross lambs, brought $184.26 ($2.22 per pound). Nine feeder lambs, ranging from 90 to 94 pounds, brought a price range of $1.88 to $2.07.
Once again, lambs under the 80-pound classification dominated this sale. Lambs in the weight range from 72 to 78 pounds, brought $2.42 to $1.625 per pound.
The 60- to 68-pound lambs brought a price range of $2.20 to $2.46 per pound.
The strong bidding continued for the 50-pound-plus lambs. Lambs ranging within the 52 to 56 pounds brought a price range from $2.20 to $2.41.
The arena was circled numerous times by a cute and adventurous 30-pound lamb, getting the attention of the younger bidders of the day. This lamb brought $54 ($1.80 per pound).
Only six does were supplied. Four 126-pound pregnant Boer-cross does brought $155 ($1.23 per pound). One 85-pound Boer-cross doe brought $107.50 ($1.27 per pound). A large 105-pound doe, brought $92.50 ($0.88 per pound).
Only two Boer-cross bucks were at the sale. The 160-pound buck, brought $245 ($1.53 per pound) and the 200-pound buck, brought $210 ($1.05 per pound).
A group of six 63-pound Alpine-cross and Boer-cross doelings, brought $126 ($2 per pound).
Seventeen Boer-cross bucklings, within the weight range of 83 to 90 pounds, brought a price range of $1.92 to $1.93.
The demand for the classification of goat kids continued with good bidding. Two, 60-pound Boer-cross kids, brought $102.50 ($1.71 per pound).
The various groups of Boer-cross doelings weighing 52 pounds, 55 pounds and 58 pounds brought $110, $97.50, and $104, ($2.12, $1.77 and $1.79 per pound). The eight 54-pound Boar-cross wethers brought $120 ($2.22 per pound).
The group of eight 36-pound Boer-cross kids, brought $68 ($1.89 per pound).
The Ontario Stockyard Report (Feb. 3), states that there was little demand for the lambs. The classification of feeder lambs was producing $1.75 to $2.20 per pound. The various goats traded steady for the week. The young goats (kids) in the 35- to 49-pound classification brought $70 to $110 ($2 to $2.25 per pound). The 50- to 75-pound goat kids brought $80 to $120 ($1.60 per pound).