Spooner Dairy Sheep Flock Dispersal Sale – October 13, 2016

The entire dairy sheep research flock at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Spooner Agricultural Research Station will be sold through an online computer auction on Thursday, October 13, 2016 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. The auction will be conducted by Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association of Baraboo, Wisconsin (http://www.equitycoop.com/).

These sheep are of a high percentage dairy breeding (95%+) with various combined percentages of East Friesian and Lacaune breeding. Some ewes also carry a small percentage of Katahdin or Awassi breeding. Approximate numbers of sheep to be sold are:

  • 190 mature ewes of 2 years of age and older, exposed to top dairy rams for a month prior to the sale
  • 150 ewe lambs born in January-March 2016, sold open
  • 10 select ram lambs born in January-March 2016
  •  5 select mature rams

Rams and a few top ewes will sell as individuals. Remaining ewes will sell in groups of 5 to 20 individuals. All sheep will have current Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for milk yield, and mature ewes will have a complete set of production records. Information on all sale lots, including videos of each lot, will be available at the sale web site (http://www.ansci.wisc.edu/Spooner%20Sheep%20Sale.html) after September 16, 2016. A complete listing of all sale lots can be sent to potential buyers by email or through the U.S. postal service by contacting Dave Thomas at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (608-263-4306, dlthomas@wisc.edu).

Potential buyers can view the sheep at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, W6646 Hwy 70, Spooner, WI 54801 on Friday afternoon and Saturday day, October 7 and 8, 2016 or at another time with an appointment from Phil Holman, Spooner Superintendent (715-635-3735, pholman@wisc.edu).

Buyers who cannot, or do not wish to, access the auction through a computer can be connected to the auction by phone or can send bids to Dave Johnson at Equity (608-356-8311 ext. 131, djohnson@equitycoop.com) or to Dave Thomas at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (608-263-4306, dlthomas@wisc.edu).

All potential buyers need to register for the auction by contacting Dave Johnson at Equity (608-356-8311 ext. 131 or djohnson@equitycoop.com).

Additional information regarding the sale can be found at the Equity web site (http://www.equitycoop.com/) or by contacting either Dave Johnson at Equity or Phil Holman or Dave Thomas at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.