Learning opportunity at Premium Replacement Ewe Sale

SDSU Extension
Farm Forum

BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension will host programming valuable to South Dakota’s sheep producers in conjunction with the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association (SDSGA) Premium Replacement Ewe Sale which will be held at Magness Livestock Auction in Huron (105 Custer Ave. NE) on July 28.

SDSU Extension programming begins at 10 a.m. The auction sale begins at 2 p.m. A free lamb lunch, sponsored by the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association, will be served at Noon.

Buyers will have the opportunity to view the consignments all day and consignors will be pen side between 1 and 2 p.m. to show, discuss and answer any questions buyers may have.

The event serves several objectives of the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association’s strategic plan to:

1. Provide top quality breeding stock to sheep producers.

2. Increase number of sheep producers in the state.

3. Increase membership in the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association.

4. Generate revenue to support an SDSGA Executive Secretary position.

5. Stimulate and enhance sheep industry infrastructure.

SDSU Extension programming will cover the following topics: nutritional needs for ewe and wool development; steps in producing a high quality wool clip and wool marketing strategies to provide greatest returns from the fleece.

It is expected that 350 to 500-head of mainly white-faced, western style Rambouillet, Targhee, Polypay and Dorset breeding ewes will be offered. Both registered and commercial breeding ewes will be available.

“This sale will provide a great opportunity for sheep producers, as well as, 4-H and FFA youth to acquire foundation genetics from reputable breeders when developing a high performing ewe flock,” said David Ollila, SDSU Extension sheep field specialist.

For more information about the SDSU Extension educational programing, contact Ollila at David.Ollila@sdstate.edu or 605-569-0224. For more information about the sale and/or a consignment list, contact any of the following the SDSGA Premium Replacement Ewe Sale organizers: Jon Beastrom, sale chairman and SDSGA director, 605-280-8120 or jonbeastrom@msn.com and Wade Kopren, sale committee member and SDSGA director, 605-545-0842 or wkopren@live.com.