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Montana Wool Growers Association

P.O. Box 1693 Helena, MT  59624       406-442-1330   mwga@mtsheep.org

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MONTANA WOOLGROWER’S

AUGUST MONTHLY UPDATE

    Well the dog days of summer are here, first cut is up, the harvest is in full swing, and some people are starting second cut.  The lamb market seems to be holding up well, but the pelt market has taken a severe nose dive.  The cattle market continues its fantastic run even though the futures have been trending down some lately.  Feed prices continue to drop as calls for a huge corn and soybean crop continue.  The wool market has been quiet, but the mid micron categories are holding up better than the finer wools.  

    The Montana Columbia Show and Sale will be on Saturday, August 23 in Lewistown and will feature some of the best Columbia genetics available in the Northwest.  If you’re wanted to add some rib eye and gain to your lambs, don’t miss this sale.  The Choteau Sheep Expo has been planning a big event to commemorate their 30th Anniversary sale.  The Montana Woolgrowers board will be meeting in Choteau at the Stage Stop Inn from 10 am till 4 pm on Friday, September 5th.  On Saturday the 6th, the Choteau Board is pleased to announce American Sheep Industry President Clint Krebs will be the featured speaker.  Clint will present a photographic history of his family’s past summer operation on the Blackfoot Reservation and give an update on issues related to the national industry.  The Montana Woolgrowers Board will be sponsoring a community invited, lamb fajita lunch and the sale will start at 1 pm.  

     The 89th Annual Montana Ram Sale will take place on Thursday, September 11th at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds in Miles City, Montana.  There will be over 300 quality range rams available with emphasis on production records like yearling micron, rib eye, and EBV’s.  As the industry transitions to instrument grading, make sure your lambs will beat the grid by using proven and tested genetics.  

      Also this year the MWGA Board is excited to announce the 1st Annual Montana Ewe Sale.  This sale will offer some of the best Montana female genetics from ram sale consignors and reputation commercial breeders.  Jack McRae reports there are close to 500 yearling and ewe lambs consigned to this first sale.  These select females will also have an emphasis on records with some lots having a full EBV list and other’s having wool core data from the ewe flock.  If your serious about the future of the sheep industry and committed to its long term improve, we hope to see you Miles City in September for these two sales.




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USDA WEEKLY NATIONAL LAMB MARKET SUMMARY

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NATIONAL WOOL REVIEW - USDA REPORT

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MAKING THE NEWS:

 89th Montana Ram Sale and 1st Montana Ewe Sale Sept 10-11, 2014


     






Total Sheep and Lamb Inventory Down 2 Percent

 

All sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on January 1, 2014, totaled 5.21 million head, down 2 percent from 2013. Breeding sheep inventory decreased to 3.88 million head on January 1, 2014, down 2 percent from 3.98 million head on January 1, 2013. Ewes one year old and older, at 3.07 million head, were 2 percent below last year. Market sheep and lambs on January 1, 2014, totaled 1.33 million head, down 2 percent from January 1, 2013. Market lambs comprised 94 percent of the total market inventory. Twenty-five percent were lambs under 65 pounds, 11 percent were 65–84 pounds, 24 percent were 85 – 105 pounds, and 34 percent were over 105 pounds. Market sheep comprised the remaining 6 percent of total market inventory.

  

The 2013 lamb crop of 3.37 million head, was down 2 percent from 2012. The 2013 lambing rate was 107 lambs per 100 ewes one year old and older on January 1, 2013, down 2 percent from 2012.

  

Shorn wool production in the United States during 2013 was 27.0 million pounds, down 1 percent from 2012. Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 3.70 million head, also down 1 percent from 2012. The average price paid for wool sold in 2013 was $1.45 per pound for a total value of 39.2 million dollars, down 6 percent from 41.6 million dollars in 2012.

  

Sheep death loss during 2013 totaled 225 thousand head, a decrease of 2 percent from 2012. Lamb death loss decreased 1 percent from 365 thousand head in 2012 to 360 thousand head in 2013.  


Released January 31, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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