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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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HISTORY OF THE MONTANA RAM SALE

In 1950 the Montana Wool Growers first sponsored the Montana State Ram Sale in Miles City. There are very complete records from that date forward. In talking to older members of the Wool Growers, they would tell about the ram sale in Miles City during the 1930’s and 40’s.

Then a picture showed up of the 1928 ram sale in Miles City. In researching that picture it was learned that 1928 was the third sale for the Eastern Montana Ram Sale. The picture of the rams was probably to show off the new barn as reported in the April 1928 Montana Wool Growers magazine.

“Due to the efforts and careful planning of J.H. Bohling Secretary of the Eastern Montana Fair and Ram Sale, the contract has been let to build new and permanent pens with roofs, and a covered sale ring for the Ram Sale held in connection with the Eastern Montana Fair. The building and ground will cost $3000.”

This sale was sponsored by the Eastern Montana Wool Growers in its early years and later by a group of Miles City businessmen and local sheepman. By 1950 they were ready to turn it over to someone else and the Montana Wool Growers has run it ever since.

Prior to 1950 the Montana Wool Growers had sponsored state ram sales around Montana and for a while there were several Wool Grower sponsored sales each year in different parts of the state. The earliest of the “modern” Montana Wool Grower magazines started in 1928 (we have issues from the 1880s and 90s) and it reported that the 1928 sale would be the eleventh Montana Ram Sale.

89th MONTANA RAM SALE - SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

1st Montana Ewe Sale - September 10, 2014

EASTERN MONTANA FAIRGROUNDS

MILES CITY, MONTANA

PAST MONTANA RAM SALE CATALOGS

88th Annual Miles City Ram Sale Catalog 2013

87th Annual Montana Ram Sale Sept 13, 2012

86th Annual Montana Ram Sale Sept 15, 2011

85th Annual Montana Ram Sale Sept 16, 2010

84th Annual Montana Ram Sale Sept 17, 2009

Links to articles about selecting a ram.

Ram Selection - Why Use Genetic Records by MT Sheep Institute

Montana Farm Flock Sheep Production Handbook by Rodney Kott in .pdf

Flock Improvement through Ram Selection by OSU in a .pdf

Reproduction in the Ram by Sheep 101

Ram Sheep Selection by Auburn University

Ram Management by Merck Vet Manual

Breeding Soundness Examination of the Male in Sheep by Merck Vet Manual

Selecting Rams for Wool Production from MT Sheep Institute


88TH ANNUAL MILES CITY RAM SALE RESULTS FOR 2013

1st Montana Ewe Sale

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eastern Montana Fairgrounds

Miles City, Montana

2 pm Educational Program

5 pm Social Starts

6 pm 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.


89th Montana Ram Sale

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Eastern Montana Fairgrounds

Miles City, Montana

10:45 Lunch

Noon Sale


     The 89th Annual Montana Ram Sale is again coming to Miles City on September 11th.  Sale Manager Brent Roeder reports there are 311 quality rams consigned to this year’s sale with Suffolk, Hamp Suffolk Crosses, Columbia, Rambouillet, Rambouillet Dohne Merino Crosses, and Targhees being represented.        Consignors continually gather rib eye, micron, and EBV data until the middle of August.  The first online publish date for the draft sale catalog will be around September 4th.  Rams will start arriving in Miles City on 7th, with veterinary inspection on the 8th and 9th.  The final printed catalog will be available at the fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 10th in the afternoon and also online.  

      Wednesday afternoon will be packed with the Montana State University sponsored sheep program at 2 pm at the fairgrounds featuring Greg Ahart of Superior Farms and Ron Cole of Colorado.  The sale social will begin at 5 pm with a bar, smoked lamb leg, cheese trays, and recognition for Dr. Bill Hawkins retiring, long time sale veterinarian.  The ewe sale will begin at 6 pm with the social expected to continue into the night.  The Miles City Chamber and Redneck grill will again be providing a lamb lunch for $10 a plate starting at 10:45 on Thursday morning.         

       The Montana Ram Sale will start at noon sharp on Thursday, September 11th.  The Sale will again be broadcast via Frontier Stockyards and auctioneer Rob Fraser will be calling the bids.  There will be no online bidding option this year.  Potential buyers should contact consignors to place proxy bids and discuss transportation.  All Columbia, Suffolk and Hamp cross rams will be sold in single lots.  Targhee, Rambouillet, and Rambouillet cross rams will be sold singly or in pens of two.  Buyer registration will begin around 10:30 and if you’ve bought rams in the last 5 years, we’ll have a number waiting for you.  So join us in Miles City for a good time and a chance to buy some of the best production rams around.

   



BREED

NUMBER OF HEAD

AVERAGE

SUFFOLK

28

$421.43

HAMP X SUFFOLK

14

$421.43 (Not a misprint)

COLUMBIA

6

$500.00

TARGHEE

201

$826.62

RAMBOUILLET

25

$1,284.00

RAMBOUILLET CROSS

10

$670.00

AVERAGE

294

$793.84

Sam Ortmann looks on as Andy Wemmer coaxes a $3,400 bid

CLICK ON 2014 SALES CATALOG LINK BELOW TO GO A PDF FILE OF THE LATEST 2014 SALES CATALOG.  

2014 SALES CATALOG WILL BE UPDATED SEVERAL TIMES BETWEEN NOW AND SALES DAY.  

2014 SALES CATALOG