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Long-time Newell Ram Show & Sale offers over 300 consignments

F.Ganje - September 18, 2019

NEWELL, SD – Sheep producers from the region will be Newell Thursday and Friday for the 74th Newell Ram Show & Sale – an event that many consider a benchmark location for marketing sheep. Lisa Surber, executive secretary with the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association (SDSGA) says the over 300 quality registered sheep consigned come from some of the best breeders in the nation. “Newell continues to be a center for sheep production,” observes Surber.  “In terms of quality genetics, this region is well known and respected in the U.S. sheep industry.”

Breeds consigned include Rambouillet, Targhee, SAMM, Columbia, Corriedale, Suffolk, Hampshire, and Dorset. The sheep show will kick off on Thurs., Sept. 19 with the ewes at 9 a.m. followed by the stud rams. The wool show will begin at 10 a.m. and cash prizes will also be offered to the winning fleeces. “I’ve spent some time in the previous week in Montana and Wyoming going to ram sales,” shares Surber. “I can tell you the level of optimism is high. I think we have positive things coming our way this week for the Newell Ram Show & Sale.”

The sheep sale will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., Sept. 20 with the ewes selling first, followed by stud rams and range rams. The availability of estimated breeding values (EBVs) on consignments is a strong plus, says Surber.

“The use of EBVs to determine the genetics of production - the genetics of gain, reproductive efficiency, and wool production - Newell is catching the wave in terms of this data,” says Surber. “You’ll see consignors in the Newell sale barn posting this information on genetic perimeters along with sire and dam information.”

Surber expects strong sales and points to the interest in yearling ewes as an indicator of increasing interest in sheep production. “Another avenue in the sheep industry right now is the interest in young ewes and the market for high quality yearling ewes.  Again, genetics from this region of sheep production are highly sought after,” says Surber.

The past year has been a challenging one for the sheep business, says Surber. Still, there are positive indicators going forward. “This year (2019) has been a challenging year from a lot of perspectives,” she reflects. “This year’s weather really took its toll. And in May, June, July and August, we saw a drastic decline in wool prices. It was very difficult for producers who had wool to market later in the season.  In fact, that was probably one of the biggest challenges that we saw this year.” 

She continues “But I would say that we’re seeing a rebound in both lamb and wool prices. Just in the last week, we’ve seen some positive things happening with the wool market.”

Find out more information and view the sale catalog online at www.newellramsale.com
To see present sale prospects and past show winners please visit Facebook page www.facebook.com/pg/newellramsale

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