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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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MAKING THE NEWS:

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


     





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

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MONTANA EWE SALE AND MONTANA RAM SALE INFORMATION FLYER IN PDF FORMAT

1ST MONTANA EWE SALE


The Montana Woolgrowers is excited to announce the addition of a ewe sale to the Montana Ram Sale.  The first annual Montana Ewe Sale will take place on Wednesday, September 10th at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds in Miles City, Montana.  Sale Manager Jack McRae said there are close to 500 head entered in the sale with mostly Rambouillet, Targhee, and Rafter 7 Merino crosses being offered.

 

           The ewe sale will offer some of the best female genetics available from ram sale consignors and select replacements from quality Montana commercial producers.  Both ewe lambs and yearling ewes will be offered in lots of 10, 20, 100 and pot load consignments.  Consignments of 10 and 20 head must be present at the sale for viewing and delivery.  Lots of 100 and semi-loads can have 10 head lots present for viewing, but will be ranch delivered.  All consignments will be videoed and the sale will be broadcast on the internet via Frontier Stockyards.  Ewe Sale consignments will start arriving at the fairgrounds on Tuesday, September 8th in the afternoon.  All sheep must be in the barn by Wednesday morning when they will be vet inspected.

          

            Wednesday afternoon will be a very busy and starts off with the Montana State University Sheep Educational Seminar at 2 pm.  Dr. Surber has lined up two great speakers for us this year and we’ve moved the program to the sale barn for more room.  Mr. Greg Ahart has a wealth of industry experience and knowledge and is currently Vice President of Superior Farms, President of the California Woolgrowers, ASI Executive Board Member, and serves on the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and ASI Rebuild Committee.  Ron Cole of Colorado also has a wealth of knowledge and years of experience and serves as an ASI wool consultant and works as a private consultant.  

      

          At 5 pm the sale social kicks off with the ewe sale commencing at 6 pm.  Buyers can either load out sheep immediately after the sale or the next morning.  We hope to see in Miles City for a great opportunity to buy some of the production females around.


The Montana Ram Sale catalog is updated often with additional EBV’s until the final version is posted on Tuesday September 9th.