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Montana Wool Growers Association

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MONTANA WOOLGROWER’S

JUNE MONTHLY UPDATE

   

Well spring has finally sprung and looking at the grass is just about gone.  A long, cold shearing season is mostly over and lambing has come and gone for most people.  


The price of lamb and wool seems to holding well and everyone is holding their breath on the price of calves.  There’s a slight bulge in the fat lamb supply right now due to the California lambs, but most people don’t expect it to snowball into a large problem.  California and Texas are still pretty dry and we can be thankful for the snow we fought all winter.  


The Ram Sale Committee has met and approved allotments for this year’s ram sale in Miles City and plans are moving forward for the first annual ewe sale.  The Committee will meet on June 19th to lay the foundation for the sale.  


Planning for the MWGA Summer Campout is progressing.  It looks like we’ll be camping along the shores of Bynum Reservoir northwest of Great Falls.  Along with fishing, we’ll tour several Colonies, catch up with old and new friends, and maybe see a bear or a dinosaur.  Keep updated on the campout on the MWGA Facebook page.  Hope everyone has a great spring and hope to see you at the campout.



USDA MARKET REPORT FOR SHEEP

PAYS - BILLINGS, MT

USDA MARKET REPORT FOR SHEEP

ST. ONGE-NEWELL, SD

USDA WEEKLY NATIONAL LAMB MARKET SUMMARY

SHEEP MARKET REPORT

PAYS - BILLINGS, MT

NATIONAL WOOL REVIEW - USDA REPORT

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MAKING THE NEWS:

 130th ANNUAL MONTANA WOOL GROWERS CONVENTION INFORMATION


     






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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American  Sheep  Industry  Association       2014  U.S.  Sheep,  Lamb  &  Wool  Fast  Facts,   April  2014  

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