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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

MARCH MONTHLY UPDATE

   

The state has been receiving some much needed moisture and some pretty cold weather the past several months. Shearing season is about half over and lambing is well under way.  The sheep I’ve seen have been in good shape and shearing some heavy, relatively clean and strong fleeces.  Wool prices have slipped a little due to the exchange rate change and slowing demand from China.  


Lamb prices have been holding up well too, bolstered by lower feed costs and the high prices for cattle and hogs.


New Director of Extension, Dr. Jeff Bader will launch the search for a new state sheep specialist sometime in the next few weeks and we’re very grateful for this news.  We still have a good deal of work to do fully funding the MSU Wool Lab and securing funding for a new lab.  The MWGA board is working on a new committee to oversee the addition of a ewe sale to the Montana Ram Sale.


 Montana was very well represented at the national ASI convention in Charleston, SC.  We had about 45 Montanans attending the record setting event.  Be sure to make plans to attend the 150th Annual ASI Convention is Reno, NV in January 2014.



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 130th ANNUAL MONTANA WOOL GROWERS CONVENTION INFORMATION


     





TOTAL SHEEP AND LAMB INVENTORY DOWN 1 PERCENT

PER USDA REPORT RELEASED FEBRUARY 1, 2013


All sheep and lamb inventory in the United States on January 1, 2013, totaled 5.34 million head, down 1 percent from 2012. Breeding sheep inventory decreased to 3.98 million head on January 1, 2013, down 1 percent from 4.0 million head on January 1, 2012.

Ewes one year old and older, at 3.14 million head, were 1 percent below last year. Market sheep and lambs on January 1, 2013, totaled 1.36 million head, down 1 percent from January 1, 2012.

Market lambs comprised 94 percent of the total market inventory. Twenty-three percent were lambs under 65 pounds, 12 percent were 65 - 84 pounds, 22 percent were 85 - 105 pounds, and 37 percent were over 105 pounds.

Market sheep comprised the remaining 6 percent of total market inventory.


The 2012 lamb crop of 3.46 million head, was down 2 percent from 2011. The 2012 lambing rate was 109 lambs per 100 ewes one year old and older on January 1, 2012, unchanged from 2011.


Shorn wool production in the United States during 2012 was 28.5 million pounds, down 3 percent from 2011.

Sheep and lambs shorn totaled 3.93 million head, also down 2 percent from 2011.

The average price paid for wool sold in 2012 was $1.53 per pound for a total value of 43.6 million dollars, down 11 percent from 48.9 million dollars in 2011.


Sheep death loss during 2012 totaled 229 thousand head, a decrease of 5 percent from 2011. Lamb death loss decreased 4 percent from 380 thousand head in 2011 to 365 thousand head in 2012.


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National Agricultural Statistics Service Sheep and Goat Report Release February 1, 2013

MARKETS

2013 Sheep and Lamb Inventory and Percentage Change from Previous Year

Montana 235,000 4% change

Wyoming 375,000 1% change

South Dakota 275,000 -4% change

North Dakota 74,000 1% change

Idaho 235,000 -2%change

Source: USDA-NASS Sheep and Goat Report

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