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Signs of life for summer sheep, goat sales

Rain in the forecast and pre-holiday bidding added up to a positive backdrop for the latest sheep and goat sale

Strong bidding fuelled by an approaching holiday season and rain clouds on the horizon promising improved hay production set a positive tone May 15, at Winnipeg Livestock Auction, where 180 sheep and goats were delivered. In the sheep sale, the selection of ewes gave the buyers wide choice for future purposes. The higher-price quality ewes

Summer lull settles in for sheep, goat sales

Producers are getting busy around the farm and will defer marketing

The temperatures may have been stubbornly sticking to the low side, but already it is starting to feel like a summer market. That’s when producers, busy with summer farm projects and other activities, withdraw from the market and animal numbers fall. Generally prices take a breather and decline a bit during this period too. At


Latest sheep, goat sale focused on local demand

It was too close to Easter for shipment to Eastern Canada

The final sale before Easter saw 275 sheep and goats pass through the ring at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction. There were both individual animals and large groups on offer this sale, and the sale was locally dominated as the proximity to the holiday ruled out any timely transportation to Eastern Canada. This may account for

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

Buyers had very little interest in any of the lighter lambs, whether wool or hair lambs.

Winter storm slows recent sheep, goat sale

There were few animals and disappointing bidding at the Winnipeg Livestock Auction

January 23, 2019 had a serious major blowing snowstorm threat on the Winnipeg Livestock Auction date; showing clearly the sale was affected. The low delivery of only 100 sheep and goats — and the extremely low bidding from the buyers, showed that this threat was more than just serious. The bidding was even lower than

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


Holiday season well supplied

The Rabi’ al-awwal festival signifies the birth of the prophet Muhammad

A total of 392 sheep and goats made their way through the sales ring Nov. 21 at Winnipeg Livestock Auction. Buyers were out in numbers to purchase animals intended for consumption at the upcoming Rabi’ al-awwal Muslim festival. Sellers were aware of the significance of the date and kept buyers well supplied with selection. Dorper-cross

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