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Christy Frerichs, who is the secretary/treasurer for the Newell Ram Show & Sale, is also a past exhibitor and consignor to the venerable event.
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Christy Frerichs, who is the secretary/treasurer for the Newell Ram Show & Sale, is also a past exhibitor and consignor to the venerable event.

Newell Ram Show, Sale marks 73 years

F.Ganje - September 11, 2018

NEWELL, SD – When the gates swing open at the Newell Ram Show & Sale it will mark the 73rd year of one of the nation’s top registered sheep sales.  Set for Thursday and Friday, September 20-21, 2018, the event attracts consignors from eight states and buyers from across the country.  Christy Frerichs, who is among the three and four generations represented at this show and sale, also serves as the secretary/treasurer.

“My family and I were past consignors so I grew up going to the sale,” she shares. “The Newell Ram Show & Sale is a community sponsored event and one of the only community registered sheep sales in the country,” she explains. “I think it’s awesome that we have a great community behind us that supports us along with tons of volunteers who make the sale happen.”

For many, the significance of the Newell Ram Show & Sale in the national lineup of shows and sales doesn’t need to be explained.   “We’re unique in that we have some of the nation’s best show flocks.  But we also have top quality range rams with the capacity to move out over the pasture and keep up with those ewes.” 

The event coordinates with St. Onge Livestock, known for it’s sheep market, that will hold a ewe production sale Thursday, September 20, 2018,  just as the Newell Ram Show gets underway.

“We’re one of the top registered sheep sales in the nation and usually the last stop for buyers and consignors who start traveling to shows and sales the first part of September,” says Frerichs.  “We coordinate with St. Onge Livestock that hosts a huge ewe production sale in Newell the day the show gets underway.”  

Along with a trade show and a qualifying  Make it Yourself With Wool competition, there will be the opportunity for producers to learn more about their wool clip.

“Wool prices have gone up significantly in the past couple of years and the need for top quality wool is still increasing,” observes Frerichs. “Our wool show is hosted by Dr. Lisa Server who has tons of knowledge about the wool industry and will answer any questions.”

She adds, “We also have specialists from the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research and Extension Center attending, who will conduct wool fiber analysis.  If you’re wondering what the micron is of your wool, bring a clip.  They’ll test it for you and tell you where you’re at.”

With wool being a critical revenue source in the sheep industry, Frerichs says the Newell show and sale offers young and more seasoned exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their fleeces.

“Anyone, whether you have registered sheep or not, can enter a fleece into the open show.  We also have a junior show open to FFA and 4-H members under the age of 16.”

While the glory days of the millennia-old U.S. sheep industry may be past, there has been a measurable upswing in the past several years, reflecting major resource management and cash-flow changes in the livestock industry.

“My Grandpa always said if you want prestige, you raise cattle.  If you want to make money, you raise sheep,” shares Frerich.  “I’m not sure how true that is today but more ranchers are recognizing the significance of having both sheep and cattle.  It helps with pasture management  and adds to the bottom line.”

For complete details on the 73rd Annual Newell Ram Show & Sale, go on line to www://newellramsale.com and see more on Facebook.

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