On July 10, 2021, sheep producers from multiple states convened in Gooding, Idaho for the 100th Idaho State Ram Sale hosted by the Idaho Wool Growers Association. The sale attracted both buyers and consignors from five western states, and brought 5-year high prices. A total of 164 rams were sold, bringing an average of $866 a head. The high selling ram was a Suffolk Yearling selling for $2,000. A variety of breeds were sold at the sale, including, Columbias, Rambouillets, Targhees, Suffolks, Hampshires, and Crossbreds. Overall, Suffolk Yearlings had the highest average selling for an average of $1,002 a head.

Even amongst impending drought and the aftershocks of COVID-19, lamb prices have been at a multi-month high. After the devastation of low prices at the 2020 sale, 5-year high prices were much appreciated and needed.

“This sale is an example of the resilience of Idaho’s sheep industry. Our industry is viable and headed in a positive direction. If the lamb market can remain consistent, Idaho will continue to be a major player in the U.S. Sheep Market. Thank you to the buyers and businesses who supported the 100th Idaho Ram Sale and made it a success!”

Jack Blattner, Ram Sale Committee Chairman

Promotional Ewe

During the sale, a promotional ewe was auctioned off, with the funds raised going towards funding a scholarship for a college student interested in sheep production and management. This year’s promo ewe was donated by the University of Idaho. A grand total of $4,875 was raised from 30 producers and industry supporters. The Idaho Wool Growers Association would like to extend sincere thanks to all who supported the promo ewe and helped fund scholarships for the next generation of sheep producers.

The Idaho Wool Growers Association is excited to offer scholarship opportunities for young people interested in sheep production. The sheep industry is one of Idaho’s longest standing industries and continues to be a viable and profitable career pathway. There are endless opportunities for young entrepreneurs and our goal with offering this scholarship is to both demonstrate those opportunities and support those interested in pursing them. Thank you to all of our donors and supporters of the promotional ewe and scholarship program!”

Liz Wilder, IWGA Executive Director

Total sale averages and price ranges are as follows:

Averages

# Head

Price Range

Total Sale

 $866

164

300-2000

Columbia Yearlings

 $506

9

300-700

Rambouillet Yearlings

 $659

11

600-800

Targhee Yearling

 $400

1

400

Whiteface crossbred yearlings

 $417

3

300-650

Suffolk Yearlings

 $1,002

103

400-2000

Hampshire Yearlings

 $750

1

750

Crossbred Yearlings

 $915

13

600-1200

Suffolk Ram Lamb

 $               535

20

450-1100

Rambouillet Ram Lamb

 $400

2

400

Crossbred Ram Lamb

 $550

1

550

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