SDSU fourth annual Hampshire sheep sale and open house May 3 |

SDSU fourth annual Hampshire sheep sale and open house May 3

The South Dakota State University fourth annual purebred Hampshire sheep sale will be Saturday May 3, 2014 at the SDSU Sheep Unit facilities in Brookings, S.D.

Twenty five purebred Hampshire lambs, including five rams and 20 ewe lambs, selected from our fall and spring born lamb crop will be sold as individual lots using a silent auction/board format. The barn will open at 10 a.m. on sale day for viewing the consignments and registration. The initial bidding on consignments will be from 11 a.m. to noon.

A complete sale consignment listing including photos and pedigree information will be available April 30 on our Facebook page at

For people that would like to view the consignments prior to the sale date, feel free to contact our Sheep Unit Manager, Ann Kolthoff, to make an appointment. For those who cannot attend on sale day but are interested in absentee bidding we can assist with arrangements.

The SDSU Hampshire sheep flock was established in 1898, making it the oldest purebred Hampshire sheep flock in the U.S. In 2012, it was recognized by the American Hampshire Sheep Association with the Hampshire Heritage Award for breeding Hampshire sheep continuously for over 100 years.

The primary roles of the purebred SDSU Hampshire flock are to provide a superior terminal sire breed of sheep for undergraduate teaching activities and outstanding quality seed stock for purebred and commercial sheep sectors of the industry. Over the past 10 years the primary bloodlines introduced into the SDSU flock include Poe, Miller, Levintini and Wheaton.

–SDSU Extension

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