Ramadan is typically a great time to market lightweight lambs in the NE, but not this year. Here is a link to Monday's market report from New Holland:
Pretty sad prices for that market.
Some might argue that this market was a bit late to make Eid ul-Fitr (Oct.2) but the week before wasn't much better.
The NH reports have been mentioning there have been a lot of heavy lambs and culls (which is not what the Ramadan market looks for), telling me people are dumping sheep. I'm guessing this is in part due to the economy, and in part due to the drought we were having here until about 3 weeks ago when the rain started coming again.
We were going to market some lambs for Ramadan, but I'm glad I didn't. At those prices, I penciled it out and I can afford to hold them and grow them out even if I had to feed them alfalfa hay and/or $6 corn (thankfully the grass is growing again, so that won't be necessary!).
So we will be holding these lambs and marketing them into the Eid ul-Adha or Christmas markets.
In the meantime the fall lambs are dropping, and I'm feeling like I'm up to my eyeballs in sheep with this many on the farm right now!