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Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier and their three daughters, Olivia (6), Anne Rose (4) and Lila (1).

Resurrecting the family farm

Faces of Ag: Joey Fiola and Christel Lanthier are determined to give their girls the same farm life that shaped them

As 25 ewes and a gangly baby llama mill around Christel Lanthier, her six-year-old daughter chats to her in French, the language they speak at home. She’s wondering if you want to know anything about the cats, Christel translates for a reporter. Olivia explains the names of the three cats and shows off her stuffed



Spirited lamb bidding as Easter approaches

The looming holiday is on the minds of sheep and goat buyers

Even the strong cool winds that reminded us winter had not yet left didn’t deter buyers or sellers at the latest Winnipeg Livestock Auction sheep and goat sale April 3. More than 250 animals went through the ring and goats were strongly featured in the sale. Buyers seeking goat kids found an excellent choice and

Strong bidding for lambs at March 20 sale

Younger goat does of all purposes and bidding seemed to continue trends from the last sale

Spring arrived to produce a bright attitude for the Winnipeg Livestock Auction March 20 sheep and goat sale. Producers delivered 220 sheep and goats, and the buyers were prepared for some major bidding. Everyone in the arena was entertained with an orphan baby lamb being bottle fed and comforted in the owner’s lap. There was


Prices promising for future sales

The winter doldrums have broken in the sheep and goat market

Winnipeg Livestock Auction finally had the opportunity to hold a proper sale following some disappointing outings that were sharply reduced due to frigid weather and winter storms that kept both buyers and sellers at home. There were 100 sheep and goats delivered for the Feb. 20 auction. Producers and buyers had high expectations and anything

East for Christmas

The Dec. 5 sheep and goat sale was the last one that could service the Christmas market in Eastern Canada

Dec. 5 saw Winnipeg Livestock Auction hosting the last sale to reach the eastern market before the Christmas season hits. The distance and travel time required place the next sale outside the window to service this seasonal spike in demand. That meant outside buyers were more active than local buyers, who will likely dominate the

Sheep producers at auction were looking to reduce herds to manage winter feed costs.

Fall sheep herd reduction in evidence

Sheep growers are cutting down the herd with an eye to feeding costs this winter

There was a distinct chill in the air at the Nov. 7 sheep and goat sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction, but that cooling trend didn’t extend to the sales ring. There the action was heating up as producers looked to reduce herds with an eye to managing winter feed costs after a long and dry


Ample supply of sheep, goats as festival season wraps up

Lower bids marked the end of this market cycle, 
while animal numbers held up

As the Muslim festival of Eid wrapped up, a small sale was expected. However, 600 goats and sheep arrived at Winnipeg Livestock Auction for the September 5 sale. In some cases the animals appeared to be culls, but the size of the sale represented a general reluctance to carry or hold extra animals. The sheep

March 7, 2018 Winnipeg Livestock Auction results.

Latest sheep and goat sale has ghost town feel

Few animals delivered met scant buyer interest at the March 7 gathering at Winnipeg Livestock Auction

The buyers were present but the sheep and goats were missing in action at the latest sale at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. At times it felt like walking the streets of a ghost town at the March 7 event, with just 69 animals continuing a trend towards low animal supply. A 125-pound Rideau-cross lamb represented the