17 Sep 93rd Annual MT Ram Sale and 5th Annual MT Ewe Sale Results
Sheep producers came from near and far to take in the 93rd Annual MT Ram Sale and the 5th Annual MT Ewe Sale in Miles City last week. The average prices for the Targhee, Rambouillet and Rambouillet cross rams were up while the average for the Suffolk and Suffolk/Hampshire cross rams were slightly down from last year. Overall, the average price per head was higher than the previous year’s sale. The top averages for the sale were from younger, newer consignors and we are pleased to see the buyers are really going out of their way to support them at this sale. Below is a listing of the sale averages from both sales.
5th Annual Montana Ewe Sale
Sale Gross on 293 Ewes: $95,400.00
Targhee Ewe Average on 198 head: $348.49 (Low $290, High $500)
Targhee/Rambouillet Ewe Average on 20 head: $350
Suffolk Ewe Lamb Average on 10 head: $300.00 (Low $225, High $375)
Targhee/Cormo Ewe Lamb Average on 40 head: $180
Hampshire/Suffolk Ewe Lamb Average on 5 head: $200
Columbia Ewe Average on 10 head: $300
Targhee/Cormo Ewe Average on 10 head: $500
93rd Annual Montana Ram Sale
Sale Gross on 259 Range Rams: $270,800.00
Sale Average on 259 Range Rams: $647.34
Targhee Ram Average on 191 head: $1,213.61 (Low $375, High $6,750)
Suffolk X Hampshire Ram Average on 13 Head: $515.38 (Low $375, High $750)
Suffolk Ram Average on 20 Head: $402.50 (Low $200, High $1,500)
Rambouillet Ram Average on 32 Head: $721.88 (Low $475, High $1,500)
Hampshire Ram Average on 3 head: $383.33 (Low $350, High $425)
First-time Montana Ram Sale Consignors, Jeff & Dawnita Sampsel, had the highest selling Targhee ram of the sale. It sold for $6,750 and was bought by long-time ram sale consignor Sam Ortmann of Wolf Point, MT. Carolyn Green had the high selling Targhee stud ram that went for $5,500 and was bought by Brad Boner of Wyoming. Twelve year old Aiden Fouhy of Peerless sold his top ram for $5,200 to fellow consignor Heinrich Ortmann of Wolf Point.
Other high sellers are as follows:
Helle Rambouillet of Dillon had the highest selling Rambouillet ram that sold for $1,500 to Pete Wirtzfeld of North Dakoda and Heart Lazy P Suffolk of Miles City had the highest selling blackface ram that sold for $1,500 to Lane Green of Cohagen, MT.
Ewe Sale Highlights
Carolyn Green sold 10 head of Targhee yearling breeding ewes for $500/head and Wade Kopren of South Dakota was the buyer. Kathy McRae sold 10 Targhee/Cormo yearling breeding ewes for $500/head and Turner Sheep Company was the buyer on that lot.
1 yearling Targhee ewe donated by Wade Kopren of South Dakota with all proceeds going towards the medical expenses of long-time MT Ram Sale Consignor, Chuck Dallas. Chuck has been undergoing treatment for cancer this past year. The ewe sold 5 times and raised $6,700 with the final bid going to Boller/Mills (Travis and Traci Mills) of Wyoming. Thank you Randy Tunby, Jack McRae, Henry Hollenbeck (Bluebell Sheep LLC), Larry Prager, Mike and Cheryl Schuldt, and Boller/Mills for donating.
1 yearling Targhee ewe donated by Hughes Newford Company with all proceeds going towards scholarships to send young sheep producers who have moved back to the ranch to the MWGA Convention in December. The ewe sold 7 times and raised $2,475 with the final bid going to Boller/Mills (Travis and Traci Mills) of Wyoming. Thank you Boller/Mills, Sam Ortmann, Sieben Ranch Co, Henry Hollenbeck (Bluebell Sheep LLC), Lisa Surber, and Duane Talcott for donating.
The two day sale had a combined gross of $366,200 and saw 150 registered bidders from Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, North Dakota, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Wyoming. MWGA would like to thank Auctioneer Rob Fraser for his 30+ years of service to the Montana Ram Sale as he announced his retirement from the auction black this year. This sale wouldn’t be possible without the many volunteers and generous donations from the Miles City Community and all of the support is greatly appreciated. We’ll see everyone next year with even more quality yearling ewes and rams at the 94th Annual MT Ram Sale and the 6th Annual MT Ewe Sale on September 11-12th, 2019!
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