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.
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.
Total sale averages and price ranges are as follows:
Whiteface crossbred yearlings
Suffolk Ram Lamb
Rambouillet Ram Lamb
Crossbred Ram Lamb