Spooner Dairy Sheep Flock Dispersed at Auction
October 21, 2016

Eighty years of sheep research and outreach came to an end with the dispersal of the dairy sheep flock at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station of the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Oct. 13.

Strong buyer competition for the sheep indicated that the dairy sheep developed by the UW-Madison program are in demand by sheep dairies across the country. The successful online auction was conducted by Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association allowing more than 70 potential buyers to participate from throughout the United States. A total of 338 sheep were sold in 62 lots with a sale average of $517 per head.

Buyers paid close attention to the production records and the estimated breeding value for milk-yield indexes for the 2- to 7-year-old producing ewes and that, in turn, helped boost auction bidding. The 183 mature ewes averaged $495/head and the eight select ram lambs averaged $1,522,

Reprinted in part from Wisconsin State Farmer