Canadian producers buy Montana rams
September 23, 2008
Two sheep producers from Saskatchewan bought 12 breeding rams for a total exceeding $6,000 at the recent Miles City Ram Sale.
Marty Earnheart, livestock marketing officer for the Montana Department of Agriculture, said the state’s sheep breeders are encouraged that five Canadians attended the sale. Livestock trade between the two countries was disrupted after the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in beef animals in Alberta province.
“This shows that trade is getting back to normal, which is good news for Montana breeders,” Earnheart said. The department last hosted Canadian buyers for the event in 2003.
In all, 274 rams were sold at the Sept. 11 sale for an average price of $588.41. For more information about the department’s livestock and meat marketing efforts, contact Earnheart in the Agricultural Development Division at (406) 444-9126 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.