Board Sales Rates and Information

The SSDB can arrange sales for any producer requesting the service. The sales can be of breeding stock, feeder lambs, or slaughter ewes and lambs. The marketing plan also gives the board the authority to sell goats. However, the board is not a single desk selling office there is no obligation to sell through the board. 

Charges Include:
  Handling Charge: 

paid to the SSDB


dependant on local assembly yard fees


producer fund covers losses 

$4.00-$5.50 plus GST

Producers are responsible for shipping costs from their farm to the assembly yards. Buyer covers the cost of shipping from the assembly points to destination. 


Process to Follow when Marketing through the SSDB

Producers must phone the SSDB office and book animals for a load at any of our assembly points. Do not bring the animals if you have not phoned the office first. Producers need to provide us with as much correct information as possible when booking sheep and lambs. This includes numbers, approximate weight, intact male lambs, breed and age if the lambs are one year of age or older, also the paint mark you will be putting on each animal.

Producers must have a CSIP tag in all animals, a paint mark on all animals, and a completed manifest. Identification tags and manifest books are available at the office.

It is important to realize that the price quoted to you is based on good quality animals and that if the buyer receives poor quality animals adjustments will be made to the price. Poor lambs will be discounted.

Each load of sheep and lambs are put through a chute once it reaches the buyer’s yard. The animals are individually checked by experienced employees and it is quite simple for the buyer to identify the producer by the marks on the animal. The animals are checked for condition, age using teeth verification, testicles, etc. An animal is no longer considered a lamb if it has mature teeth regardless of when it was born and the price paid will be discounted accordingly. Adjustments will be made to producer’s payments accordingly. This needs to be done to earn and keep the confidence of the buyers. Hiding poor lambs on a load is not an option. Increased buyer confidence will result in increased prices.

Please remember that this typically involves very few animals on any given load but producers need to be aware that poor animals will not receive the price quoted.

Producers will receive their payment from SSDB after the buyer has made payment to SSDB. The cheques generally go out to producers one week after the load date.

With today’s freight rates, we must fill the loads – producers must make every effort to deliver their animals or call us and cancel in sufficient time for us to find someone to fill your spot.


Determining whether to sell Rail Grade, Live Weight

Rail grade sales are based on finished weight and condition of the carcass. In most cases good producers whose animals yield in excess of 50% should find rail grade results in more money per animal. One draw back is not knowing the final price until after slaughter. Currently, Sunterra is the only company offering this option. Producers can forward contract with them. 

The sales arranged by the SSDB are live weight sales. This type of sales is of greatest benefit to producers who like to know the price they will receive before they ship. The producer then has the option of selling or not selling at that time. The buyer benefits from the advantage of full semi loads in transportation saving and easy access to large number of animals from around the province. The producer with a smaller flock has the advantage of being part of the large load that is bid across Canada. 

The auction sales are another example of live weight sales. Auction sales can be specifically sheep sales or general livestock sales. Sheep sales usually have buyers agents bidding on their behalf. The prices at an auction are a combination of market price and how many people are bidding. Obviously, the more competitive the bidding the higher the resulting price. However, if few bidders are present prices could be lower. Producers need to remember the bidders are responding to visual appearance of the sheep in the ring. One or two scruffy or poor quality sheep can lower the bids on the group. Sorting the sheep can offset this problem.

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>> SSDB Marketing Fact Sheet


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