96th Annual Montana Ram Sale

96th Annual Montana Ram Sale
September 16th, 2021

Eastern Montana Fairgrounds-Miles City, MT
Lunch: starts at 11 am, Sale: 12pm

Click Here to View the SALE RESULTS-Posted 9-20-21

Print Catalog-UPDATED 9-16

Click Here to View the Online Ram Sale Catalog! UPDATED 9-16

 UPDATED 9-14-2021 Click HERE to Download a Spreadsheet Version of the Catalog!

Click Here to see Ram and Ewe Sale CONSIGNMENTS!

Montana Ram and Ewe Sale Press Release, June 2021

Join us in Miles City, MT, for sheep week!  The 8th Annual Montana Ewe Sale, and 96th Annual Montana Ram Sale will take place September 15 and 16 at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds.  Our MWGA member-consignors have been working hard to get all their data collected, sorting through their rams and ewes, and making plans for sale week all year long.

The work begins for the consignors early in the week, as rams and ewes arrive on the grounds.  Each ram and ewe sold on-site is individually inspected by the sale veterinarian.  After the sheep are settled in, the fun begins!

On Wednesday, September 15, Montana State University Extension will be hosting an educational program in the 4-H building, located across from the outdoor ram pens.  The program runs from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon. Topics covered include: “Drought Feeding Options”, by Extension Sheep Specialist, Brent Roeder,  and Dr Chris Posbergh, and “Drought Livestock Water Testing” by county extension agents, Mike Schuldt and Marley Manoukian.  (See the full line-up of updates and speakers here: 2021 Ram Sale Educational Program Info).  Stick around for a free lamb lunch, with Montana lamb sourced from Ryan Keyes.

Take the afternoon to explore Miles City, do some shopping (especially with our sale sponsors), check into your hotel, and enjoy a little air conditioning!  Come back to Eastern MT Fairgrounds to view the ram and ewes in the offering at anytime.  Be sure to get a bidders number from the Frontier Stockyards table in the Pavilion.  The Ewe Sale social will begin at 5pm, with snacks and a cash bar available.  The Ewe Sale starts promptly at 6pm. First to sell will be a Donation Ewe, donated by John and Betty Sampsel of Hughes Newford Co. of Stanford, MT.  A variety of breeds and crossbred ewes will be offered, on-site and off-site.

On Thursday morning, buyers will be showing up to take a look at the 295+ range rams offered in the 96th Annual 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, and more! Visit with consignors to get your questions answered and find a ram that fits your flock.  There are several breeds available from our 25 consignors.  We’d like to welcome Cord Bieber of Bieber Land, LLC, and Harold Dillard, representing Jones Ranch, as our new consignors this year.

A lamb lunch willl be served from 11AM ($10/plate) until the food is gone.  American Leg-of-lamb sourced from Harv Van Wagoner of Montana Natural Lamb will be the spotlight of the meal.  The sale will kick-off at noon sharp, with the sale of a Donation Ewe, donated by the Ortmann family, in memory of the late Heinrich Ortmann.  Funds from the sale of this Targhee ram will go towards the new Montana Wool Lab building at Montana State!

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.

If you’re unable to join in-person, register to watch and bid online for both sales!  The sales will be streamed live.  You can also call in your bid on the phone(numbers listed on next page).  Please line-up transportation if you are planning to buy online.   Call Leah Johnson, Ram Sale Manager, at (406)442-1330 ahead of sale day to arrange transport.

Online Bidders/Viewers:

Please open 2 tabs when viewing the sale.  You’ll want the live sale visible, and also the online catalog open to view the upcoming lots.

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.


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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.

Miles City Hotel & Suites: 1720 S Haynes Ave.

For more information, please contact:

Leah Johnson, Ram Sale Manager: (406) 210-2852
Dana Penrod, Ram Sale Chairperson: (406) 853-5239

LAST YEAR- 2020-Ram Sale Online Catalog 

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

LAST YEAR-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.

LAST YEAR-2020-Ram and Ewe Sale Schedule


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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