October 3, 2008
Two sheep producers from Saskatchewan bought 12 breeding rams for a total exceeding $6,000 at the recent Miles City Ram Sale.
A livestock marketing officer for the Montana Department of Agriculture, Marty Earnheart, says Montana 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 in beef animals in Alberta.
Earnheart says, "This shows that trade is getting back to normal, which is good news for Montana breeders."
The department last hosted Canadian buyers for the Miles City event in 2003. In all, 274 rams were sold at the Sept. 11 sale for an average price of $588.41. Reprinted from Great Falls Tribune