ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Western South Dakota has been known for its sheep flocks since the homesteading days, with many flocks providing needed income when crops and cattle failed. Still today, sheep play an important part in many farming and ranching operations.
The 76th Newell (S.D.) Ram Show & Sale on Sept. 16-17 will provide producers with an opportunity to purchase quality sheep genetics. Consignments from an eight-state region make the lineup with more than 50 consignors. For the 2021 event, 60 stud rams, 62 ewes, and 141 range rams have been consigned. Breeds include Rambouillet, Targhee, Columbia, Corriedale, Suffolk, Hampshire and Dorset.
The sheep show will kick off on Sept. 16 with the ewes at 9 a.m., followed by the rams. The wool show will begin at 10 a.m. and cash prizes will also be offered to the winning fleeces. Sheep growers are encouraged to bring their fleeces for the wool show.
Before the sale on Friday, Sept. 17, at 9:45 a.m. South Dakota State University Extension Sheep Field Specialist Jaelyn Quintana will present information on sheep genetics and selection. The public is invited to attend this free program. The sheep sale will then be held at 11 a.m. with the ewes selling first, followed by stud rams and range rams.
If buyers are unable to attend in person, they do have the option of phoning in bids on sale day. Please contact Ram Sale Secretary Christy Frerichs at 605-456-2941. The show and sale will both be streamed live on the Newell Ram Sale Facebook page, so check there for viewing options.
The Ram Sale Building is located on Third Street, adjacent to the Newell Rodeo Grounds.
— Newell Ram Sale via American Sheep Industry Association
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