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Five leading sheep breeds will hold their 2018 National Sales in Ohio.

April 18, 2018

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SHEEP SALES: Five different breed organizations picked Ohio for their national sales.JensenChua/iStock/Thinkstock

Five leading breeds of sheep have chosen the state of Ohio to host their 2018 National Sales.

The Shropshire Sheep Breeders’ Association and the American Natural Colored Association will have their national sales during the Big Ohio Sale Weekend on May 10, 11, and 12 at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton, Ohio.

The three-day event will see approximately 825 head of sheep for sale representing 16 different breeds. In addition to Shropshires and natural colored sheep, Cheviots, Columbias, Corriedales, dorpers, Dorsets and horned Dorsets, Hampshires, Katahdins, montadales, Oxfords, Rambouillets, southdowns, suffolks, Texels and all breeds of wether sires and dams will be sold.

Most breeds will offer special futurity nominated ewe lambs and yearlings in their classes for sale. The timing of the event is before every National, 4-H, FFA and Junior Show ownership deadline.

Border Leicesters, merinos and Finnsheep have chosen to hold their national sales in conjunction with the Great Lakes Sale held May 25 and 26 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, Ohio. The Friday-Saturday show and sale format is a change from the Saturday-Sunday format of previous Great Lakes sales. The Great Lakes Sheep and Wool Festival, also held that weekend on the fairgrounds, is an excellent backdrop for those three breeds, plus 17 other breeds of sheep that will sell in Wooster.

The Romney Specialty Sale will also be held that weekend, and there will be strong offerings of Cheviots, Columbias, dorpers, polled Dorsets, horned Dorsets, Finnsheep, Hampshires, Katahdins, montadales, natural coloreds, Oxfords, Rambouillet, Shropshires, southdowns, suffolks and wether sires and dams. Over 250 head will be sold at Wooster, along with new and used equipment, fleeces and crafts.

“Enthusiasm for purebred sheep is high and the state of Ohio sits midway between east coast and western cornbelt breeders who represent the biggest numbers of purebred breeders in the nation,” says Greg Deakin, sale manager for both events.

“To have the trust of the leadership of five different breeds pick Ohio for their national sales gives potential buyers confidence to attend the sales and be offered some of the finest genetics in their breed. It also says a lot for the Ohio Sheep Industry,” Deakin adds.

Deakin also complimented both the Preble County and Wayne County fairgrounds for being very accommodating and functional for each event. The fairgrounds managers and their work crews understand the magnitude of the weekends and do everything they can while hosting these national events. Last year’s sales attracted nearly 1,000 buyers from thirty-eight different states and Canada.

For more information about these sales, contact Banner Sale Management Service at 309/785-5058, P.O. Box 500, Cuba, IL 61427 or visit their website at for the complete sale listings.

Source: Ohio Farm Bureau

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