Sheep producers will have their sights on Newell, South Dakota, Sept. 19-21 for the town’s annual Ram Show & Sale.
Now in its 73rd year, the show and sale has built up a reputation for high quality range and stud rams and ewes for sale. Consignments from an eight-state region make up the lineup and return buyers routinely bid on the offering.
The Newell Ram Show and Sale has 295 registered sheep consigned from some of the top breeders in the nation for its 2018 event. A total 66 stud rams, 67 ewes, and 162 range rams are on the list. Breeds consigned include Rambouillet, Targhee, SAMM, Columbia, Corriedale, Suffolk, Hampshire and Dorset.
New this year is an added show purse of $500 for the winning champion ram and $200 for the champion ewe. There's also a wool show, and youth credit program is aimed at helping young producers get started in the sheep business.
The sheep show will kick off Sept. 20 with ewes selling at 9 a.m., followed by the rams.
Sheep growers are encouraged to bring their fleeces for the wool show, which begins at 10 a.m., with cash prizes offered to the winning fleeces. Those interested in entering can contact wool show coordinator Lisa Surber at 406-581-7772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sheep sale will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 with the ewes selling first, followed by stud rams and range rams.
“If you are interested in improving or increasing your flock genetics, or just simply need good quality range rams that can survive life on the prairie, please check us out,” ram sale secretary Christy Frerichs said. “The Newell Ram Show and Sale has a 73-year history of attracting the top registered breeders and National Sheep Improvement Program rams in the nation.”