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JULY UPDATE

    Well I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe 4th of July.  You know I was told as a child that technology was going to make my life easier, but all the people I talk with say it seems to have created more work.  This spring has been a whirlwind for everyone I’ve spoken to.  ASI had a great 150th Convention in Reno in January with a good turnout from Montana.  Jim Brown was successful with the help of some great Ag representatives in securing additional funding for the Montana Wool Lab in the legislative session.  We had a successful wool pool run and received good prices again this year.  Dr. Whit Stewart has taken over as the Montana Extension Sheep Specialist and Dr. Pat Hatfield has been promoted to Department Head.  Dr. Lisa Surber has taken a position with WestFeeds and MSU is currently advertising the position at the following link:  https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/2727.  We had a great Summer Campout at the Hollenbeck Ranch at Molt, cooked lamb for 275 people at Montana Range Days, and helped the Lehfeldt Family with a Lamb Jam in Lavina.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with these cooking events.  

Two major negatives are that Montana is entering a very dry summer.  For the past decade, I’ve watched the drought move from the Southern Plains to the Southwest to California to the Intermountain Region and now into Montana.  I’d take a serious look at where you’re at hay and stock wise and make some adjustments.  The other issue is that an environmental group has sued the Forest Service over the domestic sheep allotments in the Gravelly Mountains over Grizzly Bears and Bighorn Sheep.  Living along the Rocky Mountain Front, I can tell you with certainty that there are plenty of bears and hopefully they will be delisted soon so the state can start managing them.  The Bighorns in the Greenhorn Mountains are doing very well and expanding their territory, so the lawsuit is a thinly veiled disguise to remove livestock form public land.  The group has made it very clear in the wording of the lawsuit that they expect the Forest Service to pay their legal bills.  It is pretty disturbing that these groups continue to hijack the Equal Access to Justice Act for their personal gain when it was originally intended to help veterans secure their benefits.  

On a side note there will be no ram sale this year in Choteau.  There will be a new sale starting in Harlowton on September 12th called the Montana Black and White Sale selling all breeds of rams and ewes by private treaty.  Don’t forget to attend the Montana Columbia Show and Sale in Lewistown on August 29th.  We will have a very exciting and expanded program in Miles City on September 16 and 17.  Dr. Stewart is putting together a very good program starting at 10 am on Wednesday at Ft. Keogh with some nationally recognized speakers.  We will be toasting retired Montana Wool Lab director Dr. Lisa Surber on Wednesday night at the social and then selling upwards of 1,000 of the best replacement ewes in Montana.  The Ram sale starts on Thursday at noon and again will offer over 300 rams with complete wool and production data.  I hope you get a little rain this summer and have a safe and productive haying season.  We’ll see you in Miles City in September.



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