South Dakota Sheep Growers Association holds successful Premium Ewe Sale

SDSU Extension
Farm Forum

HURON, S.D. — To meet the needs of emerging demand within the sheep industry for superior young ewe genetics available in smaller lot sizes, the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association (SDSGA), in cooperation with SDSU Extension, hosted a Premium Ewe Sale in conjunction with educational programming, July 27, 2019 at Magness Livestock Auction in Huron, S.D.

Consignors provided an excellent selection of high-quality registered and commercial ewes, ranging from traditional white face wool breeds and crossbred meat breed yearling ewes. Sales remained strong throughout the sale with high interest on all offerings. All ewes offered were purchased.

The high-selling registered lot, sold by Kopren Targhee and purchased by Front Range Sheep Company of Montana, brought $550/head for a pen of 5 head. The high-selling commercial Polypay/Dorset cross lot of 20 head, offered by Jim Van Dyke and purchased by Tyler Vangorp, brought $370/head. The volume buyer of the sale was Cameron Goodrich of Wagner, S.D.

Thirty-four sheep producers registered to bid on 23 lots of yearling ewes totaling 399 head.

The sale report is as follows:

Gross receipts: $117,405

Head sold: 399

No sale: 0

Average dollars per head: $294

Number of consignors: 18

Number of buyers registered: 34

Prior to the sale, SDSU Extension hosted a total of 45 sheep producers for the educational programming and 110 people for the free lamb lunch.

Sale objectives met

The outcome of the sale met the objectives of the SDSGA including: an increase in SDSGA memberships and renewals, increased promotion of the SDSGA organization, efforts to increase and expand the number of producers and sheep in South Dakota and to generate a revenue stream to support the new executive secretary position.

At the 2018 sale, a roll-over auction was offered on one ewe donated by the Blue Bell Sheep Company of Montana, which earned more than $2,300 toward a youth credit program. This year, three youth were awarded a $500 credit toward the purchase of sheep at the sale. 2019 Youth Buyer Credit Winners include Matthew Freeman of Ethan, S.D., Brecken Vosika of Gregory, S.D. and Gunnar Wagner of Correctionville, Iowa. All youth credit buyers purchased sheep at this year’s sale.

Jim Van Dyke donated a January-born Suffolk ram purchased by Brian Mueller for $600. Charles Haak donated a Great Pyrenees guard dog pup that sold for $835 in a roll-over auction and was purchased by Dustin Vining of Buffalo, S.D.

For more information about the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association, call Executive Secretary Lisa Surber at 406.581.7772, by email or visit the SD Sheep Growers website.

The 2019 SDSGA annual convention will be held September 27-28, 2019 in Spearfish, S.D. To learn more, visit the SD Sheep Growers website.