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Top genetics in sheep available at Newell Ram Sale

NEWELL, SD – Western South Dakota has been known for its sheep herds since the homesteading days, with many flocks providing needed income when crops and cattle failed.

Still today sheep play an important part in many farming and ranching operations. Coming up Sept. 16-17 in Newell, S.D. is the 76th Newell Ram Show & Sale providing an opportunity to purchase quality sheep genetics for your herd.

Consignments from an eight-state region make the lineup with over 50 consignors. For the 2021 event 60 Stud Rams, 62 Ewes, and 141 Range Rams have been consigned. Breeds include Rambouillet, Targhee, Columbia, Corriedale, Suffolk, Hampshire, and Dorset.

Photo by Ram Sale Secretary Christy Frerichs

The sheep show will kick off on Sept. 16 with the ewes at 9 a.m. followed by the rams. The wool show will begin at 10 a.m. and cash prizes will also be offered to the winning fleeces. Sheep growers are encouraged to bring their fleeces for the wool show.

Before the sale on Friday, Sept. 17 at 9:45 a.m. SDSU Extension Sheep Field Specialist Jaelyn Quintana will present information on sheep genetics and selection. The public is invited to attend this free program.

The sheep sale will then be held 11 a.m. with the ewes selling first, followed by stud rams and range rams.

If buyers are unable to attend in person they do have the option of phoning in bids on sale day. Please contact Ram Sale Secretary Christy Frerichs at 605-456-2941. The show and sale will both be streamed live on the Newell Ram Sale Facebook page so please check there for viewing options.

Find out more information and view the sale catalog online at newellramsale.com. See sale prospects and past show winners at visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/newellramsale. The Ram Sale Building is located on Third Street adjacent to the Newell Rodeo Grounds.

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