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Wyo. State Ram Sale a success

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Douglas – The 95th Annual Wyoming State Ram Sale, held at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds on Sept. 12, had another successful year. 

“Thank you to all of our consignors, buyers, bidders and sponsors. Because of you, the 95th Wyoming State Ram Sale was a great success. We cannot think of a better way to celebrate the integrity and tradition of this amazing sale,” wrote the Wyoming Wool Growers Association (WWGA) in a Sept. 13 Facebook post. 

WWGA notes a total of 239 rams sold for an average of $1,294 per head. There were 12 no sales. 

Additionally, a ewe donated by Hageman Sisters Rambouillet brought nearly $6,000. Proceeds were given to WWGA. 

Top-selling white-faced rams

According to WWGA, the high-selling ram overall was a yearling Targhee, lot 68B, consigned by Von Krosigk Family Targhees. This ram sold for $5,000 to Harlan Ranch. 

The high-selling certified Rambouillet buck was Rabel Brothers’ lot two, which sold to Netz Ranch for $3,800, and the high-selling Rambouillet yearling was lot 49, consigned by Forbes, Rabel and McGivney and purchased by Jeff Jacobs for $3,600. 

Lot 91 was the top-selling Targhee fall lamb, bringing $1,100. This lamb was consigned by Nielsen Targhees and purchased by Stirling Moore. 

Purchased by Bauer Land and Livestock for $1,200, lot 92C was the high-selling Targhee/Rambouillet/South African Meat Merino cross. This ram was consigned by Borcher Sheep Company. 

To round out the white-faced bucks, Roger and Bonnie Ballou purchased the top-selling Columbia yearling, lot 94, for $1,100. This ram was consigned by Russell and Kathy Bell. 

John Brown purchased the high-selling Columbia ram lambs – lots 98A, 98B, 99A, 99B and 99C – for $400 per head. These lambs were consigned by Roath Columbias.

The top-selling Rambouillet/Columbia cross yearling was lot 101, consigned by Rickwood Sheep Farm. This ram brought $400 and was purchased by Roger and Bonnie Ballou.

Top-selling black-faced rams

Lot 107A, a Suffolk/Hampshire cross yearling, started the black-faced division off strong, bringing $1,600. This ram was consigned by J and A Phillips and sold to Nine Mile Sheep Company. 

The high-selling Suffolk/Hampshire cross lambs were lot 116A and 116B. Consigned by Yetter Show Sheep, these lambs were bought by Simms Sheep Company for $1,600 per head. 

Lot 120, which included two head of Suffolk yearlings, was the top seller in the division. These rams were consigned by Dry Sandy Sheep Company and sold to Chris Schmeltzer for $1,900 per head. 

Consigned by Maneotis Ranch and purchased by TJ Livestock for $700, lot 128A was the top-selling Suffolk lamb. 

TJ Livestock also purchased lot 130A, the high-selling Hampshire yearling consigned by Smith Sheep and Stuff, for $1,100.

Hannah Bugas is the managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to

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