Quality animals drew quality bids at sale

There were 570 sheep and goats on offer at the November 20 Winnipeg Livestock Auction. Bidding was strong.

There was stronger bidding on heavyweight ewes than for lighter ewes, but no price distinction between wool and hair ewes. Even the heavy wool ewes blended into the price range. The light ewes’ price ranged from $0.38 to $0.46 per pound. The heavier ewes had a price bidding range from $0.48 to $0.66 per pound.

There was strong interest in rams. The bidding was consistent for wool and hair rams, alike. The price ranged from $0.63 to $0.76 per pound for the rams. An exception was two 208-pound Dorset-cross rams that brought $76.96 ($0.37 per pound).

The price for heavyweight lambs ranged from $0.71 to $0.88 per pound. Three 132-pound Suffolk-cross lambs brought $154.44 ($1.17 per pound). Five 118-pound lambs brought $67.26 ($0.57 per pound) and a 130-pound Suffolk-cross lamb brought $76.70 ($0.59 per pound). The interest for the heavier lambs fell from the last sale.

Market lamb prices were up slightly. The price ranged from $1.02 to $1.22 per pound. Ten 98-pound Cheviot-cross lambs sold for $129.36 ($1.32 per pound). Sixty-one 98-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $131/32 ($1.34 per pound).

Feeder lambs dominated this sale. There appeared to be no price differences between wool and hair lambs. The buyers’ interest remained fairly constant, from the last sale. An exception was a 90-pound Rideau-cross lamb which brought $63 ($0.70 per pound).

The lighter-weight lambs also saw strong bidding. The price ranged from $1.12 to $1.36 per pound for lambs in the 70-pound range. An exception was two 70-pound Katahdin-cross lambs which brought $63 ($0.90 per pound).

Prices ranged from $.89 to $1.40 per pound for the lightweight lambs in the 50-pound range.

Two 40-pound Katahdin-cross lambs brought $34.80 ($0.87 per pound) and three 45-pound Katahdin-cross lambs brought $37.35 ($0.83 per pound).

The quality of the meat does ranged widely, causing the variation in the bidding. Prices clearly reflected physical characteristics. Three 50-pound Pygmy-cross does brought $59 per pound.

Dairy goat bucks were in high demand. The 60-pound La Mancha-cross buck received the highest price per pound; compared to the two Alpine-cross bucks. The meat goat bucks varied in quality, but the bucks of quality were very impressive.

The goat kids were represented only by Boer-cross goats. Lightweight kids attracted more buyer interest.

The Ontario Stockyard Report stated that all classes of lambs brought higher bidding, compared to the last sale. Goats remained with the constant buying, as other sales.

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