95th Annual Montana Ram Sale

95th Annual Montana Ram Sale
September 17th, 2020

Eastern Montana Fairgrounds-Miles City, MT
Lunch: starts at 10 am, Sale: 12pm

Ram Sale Online Catalog (subject to changes)

Ram sifting will occur 9/15, and lots may be excluded or changed.  Check back for updates.

2020 Ram and Ewe Sale Catalog UTD 9-16

Ram sifting occured 9/15.  Five lots were changed.  See this new PDF for updates or view the online catalogs.

Ram and Ewe Sale Schedule

Ram Sale Consignment List

Ready or not, it’s time for the 95th Annual Montana Ram Sale, and 7th Annual Montana Ewe Sale in Miles City, Montana! Consignors have been working hard to get all their data collected, sorting through their rams and ewes, and making plans for sale week, You won’t want to miss this year’s event, September 16 and 17th, at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds.

This year is going to look slightly different. You’ll notice signage around the fairgrounds, asking you to please wash your hands and/or sanitize, maintain social distancing, and wear a mask covering. We have slimmed down the agenda a bit this year as well, to minimize the large gatherings, and reduce some risks. This year has been nothing short of frustrating, but let’s be courteous to others and enjoy our time together! We want you to have a comfortable experience at the sales.

The sheep symposium this year will be shorter than years past. On Wednesday, September 16th, we’ll have some educational programming titled “Breeding Season Management-Ram Selection & Breeding Soundness Exams” and “Marketing Risk Managment” from 10 am to Noon.  Brent Roeder, Dr Chris Posbergh, Dr Whit Stewart, and Bridger Fuez will be on hand to tackle these two topics!   This is a good chance to learn something new and get your eyes ready to view all the rams offered in the sale! You’re on your own for lunch, but be sure to come back for the Ewe Sale social at 5pm! The social will have snacks and a cash bar. Take time to look over the ewes and get ready to bid! The Ewe Sale starts promptly at 6 pm. The offering includes lot sizes of 5 hd, 10 hd, 20 hd, and 100 hd! A variety of breeds and crossbred ewes will be offered!

On Thursday morning, buyers will be showing up to take a look at the 280+ range rams offered in this year’s Montana Ram Sale! Grab a donut and cup of coffee and stroll the aisles looking over the offering. This sale provides data including: scrapie codon, NSIP data, production records, ribeye scans, wool micron results, and more! All the rams in the sale will be vet-checked and ready to go to work. There are several breeds available from our 25 consignors. We’d like to welcome Wacy Ortmann and Brady and Brenna Ruff as our new consignors this year!
We will start lunch at 10 am, to reduce lines and allow for social distancing. Lunch will be served until the food is gone. At the end of the sale, we will draw for two gift certificates of $250 off your ram sale purchase, sponsored by Northwest Farm Credit Services. Buyers must be present to win!

Online Bidders/Viewers:

The sales will be streamed live online with online bidding options.

If you are using a PC or Mac we recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your web browser.  Never use Internet Explorer.

To register as a phone bidder please contact. 

Frontier Stockyards



To register as an online bidder follow instructions below.

The sale will be broadcast live at www.lmaauctions.com. You will need to create a viewer account to watch if you do not already have one.  All interested bidders should complete the bidder registration form found next to the sale listing on www.lmaauctions.com.  The form does request a loan officer name however if you do not have one or prefer not to share that information you can note it accordingly.

If you are using a PC or Mac we recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your web browser.  Never use Internet Explorer.

Download Chrome: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html

Download Firefox: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new

If planning to view from a mobile device, find LMA Ringside in your app store for iOS or Android.

Tutorial Videos for LMAAuctions.com

How to Create an Account


How to Register to Bid


Browser Tutorial – Never use Internet Explorer



Lodging Information:

Miles City Hotel & Suites | 406-234-1000 | 1720 S. Haynes Ave, Miles City, Montana

Ask for the Ram Sale Rate.

Miles City Hotel: 1615 S Haynes Ave,  $89 before tax, OR

Miles City Hotel & Suites: 1720 S Haynes Ave, $109 before tax

For more information, please contact:

Leah Johnson, Ram Sale Manager: (406) 210-2852
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.

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