Pennsylvania sheep, goat producers got $47,400 for 94 elite animals
The yearly sale provides an opportunity for the region’s producers to purchase the best genetics to improve their herds and flocks.
Top males selected after 77-day ram and 70-day buck performance tests sold August 6 at the center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre Co. The tests evaluated growth, average daily gain, muscling and fat deposition.
Performance tested rams averaged $638, while performance tested bucks averaged $556. Select females also sold to round out the sale of a total 94 lots.
The top-selling buck was consigned by Sherrie Losch of Port Royal, Juniata Co., and sold for $1,475 to Clay Leibold of Pottsville, Schuylkill Co.
The top-selling ram, a Dorper from Black Creek Dorpers of East Earl, Lancaster Co., brought $1,100, selling to John Esh of Piles Grove, NJ.
All rams and bucks passed a breeding soundness exam and sold with growth and feed efficiency data as well as loin measurements and fat thicknesses obtained through ultrasound scan.
Producers can use this data to make important breeding and sales decisions that will bring more value to consumers and increase farm profitability. ■