93rd Annual MT Ram Sale
September 13th, 2018
Eastern Montana Fairgrounds
Lunch: 11am, Sale: 12pm
Sale Day Bid Lines:
Miles City Hotel & Suites
Ask for the “Ram Sale Rate”
$109/per night plus tax
Miles City Hotel (formerly Comfort Inn)
$89/per night plus tax
Pets welcome at this hotel only
Schedule of Events:
Online buyers for ram and ewe sale need to be registered online
Rams and ewes available for viewing
Montana State University Sheep Seminar
10-11:30am: Sausage Making-Increasing Marketability to Lesser Value Cuts of Lamb
11:30am: Lamb BBQ
1-2pm: Livestock Guard Dog Meet & Greet: Using LGDs as a Line of Defense Against Predators
2-2:30pm: Looking Forward-Selecting Breeding Stock in the Present for Improved Future Flock Performance
2:30-3pm: Are You Asking Your Ram to be a Miracle Worker?
5pm: Ewe Sale Social-Appetizers and Cash Bar
6pm: 5th Annual MT Ewe Sale
11am: Lamb Lunch in the Sale Barn
12pm: 93rd Annual MT Ram Sale
Buyers: Thank-you again for your continued support of the Montana Ram and Ewe Sales. We will not yet be accepting credit or debit cards, so remember the check book. Make sure to register for a bidder number and enjoy the meal in the sale barn on Thursday from 11 am until the food is gone. Your bidder number will work for either the ram or ewe sale. Ewes may be loaded out after the sale on Wednesday night or before 11 am on Thursday morning unless other arrangements have been made.
Internet Bidders: Please register online at least one day prior to the sale to familiarize yourself with the set up. If you just want to watch the sale online, you still have to register as a bidder. Some mobile devices are not well adapted to video software, so if possible use a laptop.
***A drawing will be held for (2) $250 Gift Certificates off your ram sale purchase at the conclusion of the ram sale. Buyers must be present to win. ***
For more information, please contact:
Jesse Thompson, Ram Sale Manager: (406) 450-3429
Dana Penrod, Ram Sale Chairperson: (406) 853-5239
History of the Montana Ram Sale
In 1950 the Montana Wool Growers first sponsored the Montana State Ram Sale in Miles City. There are very complete records from that date forward. In talking to older members of the Wool Growers, they would tell about the ram sale in Miles City during the 1930’s and 40’s.
Then a picture showed up of the 1928 ram sale in Miles City. In researching that picture it was learned that 1928 was the third sale for the Eastern Montana Ram Sale. The picture of the rams was probably to show off the new barn as reported in the April 1928 Montana Wool Growers magazine.
“Due to the efforts and careful planning of J.H. Bohling Secretary of the Eastern Montana Fair and Ram Sale, the contract has been let to build new and permanent pens with roofs, and a covered sale ring for the Ram Sale held in connection with the Eastern Montana Fair. The building and ground will cost $3000.
This sale was sponsored by the Eastern Montana Wool Growers in its early years and later by a group of Miles City businessmen and local sheepman. By 1950 they were ready to turn it over to someone else and the Montana Wool Growers has run it ever since.
Prior to 1950 the Montana Wool Growers had sponsored state ram sales around Montana and for a while there were several Wool Grower sponsored sales each year in different parts of the state. The earliest of the “modern” Montana Wool Grower magazines started in 1928 (we have issues from the 1880s and 90s) and it reported that the 1928 sale would be the eleventh Montana Ram Sale.