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Sheep Statistics in Canada 2012

Statistics Canada-Sheep Inventory


Statistics – July 2012

As of July 1, 2012, Manitoba’s sheep inventories were at 71,000 head – a 4% increase compared to the 68,000 sheep on farms in July, 2012. In 2012, lamb prices ranged from $0.97 to $2.64 lb. depending on the month and market weight.

Manitoba Sheep and Lamb (# head and lamb price)

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Sheep & Lamb, head 66,000 71,000 65,000 68,000 71,000
Lamb price, $/cwt $1.18 $1.34 $1.59 $1.90 $1.62

*July 1st inventory of sheep and lambs (Source: Statistics Canada)
*Price of 80 to 94 lb. lambs (Source: Manitoba Markets)

  • There are approximately 525 sheep farms in Manitoba and Brandon is home to Canada’s largest sheep feedlot (40,000 lambs/year). The average farm size in Manitoba is between 50-100 sheep per farm.
  • MB also house Canada’s largest intensive sheep operation (Sarto MB) producing about 5000 lambs a year.
  • In Canada, 60% of the domestically consumed lambs are imported from New Zealand and Australia.
  • The majority of Manitoba market lambs are shipped East or West due to high demand and better prices.
  • The Winnipeg stockyard, Grunthal and Virden livestock auction marts, Heartland Livestock Sales, and a feedlot in Brandon are the major outlets for market lambs.
  • The Manitoba sheep industry is starting to see new entrants with a better understanding of the sheep production business.