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Sheep and lambs prices drop; goats steady

Producers delivered 600 sheep and goats for the Winnipeg Livestock Auction on July 5, 2012. The Manitoba buyers followed the trend of the Ontario sales, with lower-price bidding on the sheep and lamb prices.

The bidding on the average ewes ranged from $0.575 to $0.78 per pound. There were two groups of younger ewes that brought a price range from $0.98 to $1.01 per pound. The cull ewes of any type were seriously hit with much lower bidding from the buyers.

No ram was indicated for this sale, instead groups of ram lambs were sold.

The heavyweight classification lambs had only one 120-pound Cheviot-cross lamb, that brought $144 ($1.20 per pound).

There were a limited number of market lambs supplied for this sale. No breed or weight seemed to create a difference in price bidding. The market lambs brought a price range from $1.28 to $1.34 per pound.

The classification of feeder lambs dominated this sale. The wool and hair lambs remained in a similar price range and this factor was maintained by the buyers throughout the sale. The feeder lambs brought a price range of $1.28 to $1.38 per pound.

The trend continued for bidding on the lighter-weight lambs. The 73- to 78-pound lambs brought a price range from $1.32 to $1.40 per pound. An exception was two 75-pound Katahdin-cross lambs, which brought $82.50 ($1.10 per pound).

The 63- to 66-pound lambs brought a price range from $1.29 to $1.43 per pound.

The 50- to 58-pound lambs brought a price range from $1.37 to $1.44 per pound.

Five 39-pound Rideau-cross lambs brought $43.88 ($1.125 per pound).

Goats

The audience showed more interest in the does for this sale. The lower-weight does brought the higher prices. The breed appeared not to be an issue for higher bidding by the buyers. The 90- to 118-pound does brought a price range from $1.28 to $1.46 per pound. The 131- to 170-pound does brought a price range from $1.03 to $1.18 per pound. An exception was a 135-pound Nubian-cross doe which brought $170 ($1.30 per pound).

The availability of the bucks was limited for this sale. Each buck appeared to be of quality and quite active. The 100- and 120-pound Boer-cross bucks brought similar price of $180 which factored to $1.80 and $1.50 per pound for these bucks. The 215-pound Alpine-cross buck brought $295 ($1.37 per pound).

The 11 70-pound Boer-cross doelings brought $174 ($2.49 per pound).

Four 64-pound Boer-cross bucklings brought $172.50 ($2.70 per pound).

The 51- to 59-pound kids brought a price range from $2.32 to $2.96 per pound.

The 40- to 48-pound kids brought a price range from $2.11 to $2.87 per pound.

Three 35-pound goat kids brought $77.50 ($2.21 per pound).

NOTE: Starting in September the Winnipeg Livestock Auction will have two sales per month and will change to Wednesdays.

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