Quality sheep at Agribition

Prices were down slightly at the Saskatchewan Sheep Breeders Association sale held during Canadian Western Agribition.

SSBA president Colleen Sawyer said the lower prices reflected the current market.

“The price of market lambs is down right now and has been dropping the last year or so,” she said.

“It seems to be affecting the female breeding stock more than the rams.”

Seventy-two lots in the sale grossed $32,655 for an average $453.54.

The high seller was a purebred yearling ram, Flynn 62Y, from Rocking S Ranch at Nokomis, Sask., which sold for $800 to Morinville Colony in Alberta.

Sawyer said a flood of cheaper American sheep into Canadian plants earlier in the year caused the lower prices.

“I don’t believe it’s going to stay down, but at this point it’s not rising as we get into the winter months like it usually does,” she said during Agribition, held Nov. 19-24 in Regina.

Feedlot demand for sheep could affect where prices end up over the next little while, she added.

Championship banners were won by operations located across the Prairies.

  • Supreme champion ewe: Rocking S Ranch
  • Supreme champion ram: Wade and Laurel Johnson of Grenfell, Sask.
  • Top market lamb: John and Sarah Lewis of Kirkella, Man.,
  • Grand champion commercial ewe: Sierra Viola of Russell, Man.
  • Grand champion pen of commercial ewes: The Johnsons of Grenfell, Sask.
  • In the breed classes, Prairie Rose Dorsets of Drake, Sask., showed the grand champion pen of ewes, the champion and reserve Dorset ewes, Prairie Rose 13Z and 3Z, and the champion and reserve rams, 66Z and 53Z. Prairie Rose also won supreme champion flock
  • Tobacco Creek Sheep from Carman Man., showed the grand champion Dorper ewe, Piccolo 85N, reserve ewe, TCS Dove 2Y, and grand champion ram, TCS Kodak &77Z.
  • Champion Hampshire ewe: Wiens C 15Z from Clinton Wiens of Drake. Reserve: Prairie Winds 8Y from Prairie Winds Hampshires at Strathmore, Alta.
  • Champion Hampshire ram: First Knight 139Y from Clint Ashbacher of Halkirk, Alta.
  • Champion ewe: Coneygeers Georgie 8X and Rocking S Georgia 4Z topped the class.
  • Champion ram: Cross Creek Zodiak from the Lewises
  • Ward 1W and Rocking S Lois 1Z, both from Rocking S Ranch, topped the ewe division. The Johnsons showed the top ram, 7P Tyrel 50Y. Westwood Zhubu from Westwood Suffolks and Texels at Elkhorn, Man., was the reserve
  • The Katahdin sheep breeders held a show and sale. Fourteen lots totalled $15,975 to average $1,141.07
  • The top seller was a ram lamb, JDB23Z, from Ewes R Welcome of Battleford, Sask., to Louise L’Arrivee of Arborfield, Sask., for $1,650. He was the reserve champion ram
  • Grand champion ewe and ram: JJCM 250Z and ADS 0111Y Aspen Frost, owned by Mish Katahdins of Glenavon, Sask.

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