- The online computer auction will be held 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, WI.
- VERY IMPORTANT: All potential buyers must register for the auction in advance by contacting Dave Johnson at Equity (608-356-8311 ext. 131 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The auction is easy to access and to use for anyone with a computer or smart phone internet connection.
- Equity will inform registered buyers of practice sessions for the online auction in advance of the sale. This will give bidders the chance to practice logging in, bidding, and getting a better understanding of how the auction will run the day of the sale.
- Buyers who absolutely cannot, or do not wish to, access the auction through a computer or smart phone can be connected to the auction by phone or can send advance bids to Dave Johnson at Equity (608-356-8311 ext. 131, email@example.com) or to Dave Thomas at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (608-263-4306, firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Indicate your preferred method of connecting to the auction when contacting Dave Johnson.
- Sheep will be sold in lots containing between 1 to 13 head in the numerical order of the lot numbers. Please note that the lot listings the day of the sale on the Equity auction site will have 61 added to the front of the lot numbers. For example, the lots during the auction will appear as 6101, 6102, 6103… etc. for lots 1, 2, 3… etc.
- Bidding will be on a per head basis with the successful bidder paying the per head bid times the number of head in the lot
- Sheep can only be sold into states within the U.S. No international export permits or international health certificates will be issued. Some lots can only be sold to Wisconsin buyers (see item 6 below in “The Sheep” section).
- All current sheep at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station will be offered in the sale. They will include approximately:
- 183 mature ewes of 2 to 7 years of age, exposed to dairy rams from Sept. 19, 2016
- 145 ewe lambs born in January-March 2016, sold open
- 8 ram lambs born in January-February 2016
- 3 mature rams
- These sheep are of a high percentage dairy breeding (85% or higher) with various combined percentages of East Friesian (EF) and Lacaune (LA) dairy breeding. A few ewes also contain 25% Awassi dairy breeding. The small percentage of non-dairy breeding may be of Targhee, Finnsheep, Romanov, Dorset, Polypay, Rambouillet, or Katahdin breeding or combinations of two or more of these breeds.
- While the mature ewes will have been with rams for approximately 1 month prior to the sale, there is no guarantee that the ewes are pregnant. Buyers are advised to put their purchased ewes with a ram.
- All animals were vaccinated for clostridium CD&T as lambs, and ewes were vaccinated annually with CD&T prior to lambing. All mature ewes received a Campylobacter (Vibriosis) vaccination prior to being exposed to rams.
- All sheep were tested for ovine progressive pneumonia (OPP) in August 2016, and all sheep in the sale had a negative test for OPP.
- All sheep were tested for caseous lymphadenitis (CL) in August 2016. Three lots of ewes that tested positive for CL are offered in the sale to Wisconsin buyers only (no out-of-state health papers will be issued for the CL ewes). A positive CL test indicates previous exposure to the CL organism but does not necessarily indicate an active infection. Previous research at the Spooner Station has not shown a relationship between CL test status and production. The CL positive ewes in the sale do not show symptoms of CL infection such as poor body condition or abscessed surface lymph nodes. Potential buyers who are greatly concerned about CL should not bid on these ewes.
- While every effort has been taken to offer a quality set of sheep, each animal is sold with no guarantee as to health, reproduction, production, longevity, or general quality.
- Potential buyers can view the sheep at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, W6646 Hwy 70, Spooner, WI 54801 on Friday afternoon and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2016 or at another time with an appointment from Phil Holman, Spooner Superintendent (715-635-3735, email@example.com).
- Buyers can pick up their sheep at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station after payment has been made and starting Friday, October 21, 2016. Contact Phil Holman (715-635-3735, firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 3 days in advance of your preferred pick-up date to make sure that someone is on site to coordinate your loading and to have out-of-state health papers available. A delayed pick up date may be necessary if additional health tests are required for sheep going to some states. Sheep need to be picked up by Tuesday, November 1, 2016 in order to avoid payment of daily yardage fees.
- Other recent 2016 dates regarding the sheep:
- Early June – mature rams sheared
- August 31 – end of flock milking, some ewes with especially large udders were milked a few times until Sept. 12
- Early September – ewe lambs and ram lambs sheared
- September 12 & 13 – mature ewes sheared
- September 19 – pictures and videos taken
Sale Information on the Sheep
- Information on each individual in each lot and a picture and video of each lot can be found at the web site: http://www.ansci.wisc.edu/Spooner Sheep Sale.html.
- 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, email@example.com).
- Sire, dam, birth date, percentage East Friesian (EF) breeding, percentage Lacaune (LA) breeding, and estimated breeding value (EBV) for 180 milk yield is given for each animal in the sale, with the exception of two purchased rams for which all information was not available. Lifetime milk production records of the dams of the Spooner-born sale rams are presented.
- There are no “purebred” sheep in the sale. Some animals are listed as 100% EF or LA breeding. They are 99.5%+ EF or Lacaune breeding, and their percentage breeding has been rounded up to the nearest whole number.
- Additional information is available for the mature ewes with production records. The actual performance for their last record in 2016, the average performance for all their records, and their estimated breeding values (EBV) are given for number of lambs born (NLB), 180 day milk yield (Milk, lb.), 180 day fat yield (Fat, lb.), 180 day protein yield (Protein, lb.), percentage milk fat (%Fat), percentage milk protein (%Protein), and somatic cell score (SCS). The ram they have been exposed to starting on September 19, 2016 is listed.
- Interpretation of SCS: SCS = [log2(somatic cell count/100,000)] + 3
Somatic cell count (SCC) of 40,000 cells/ml. milk converts to a SCS of 1.68
- SCC of 80,000 = SCS of 2.68
- SCC of 100,000 = SCS of 3.00
- SCC of 1,000,000 = SCS of 6.32
- SCC of 5,000,000 = SCS of 8.64
- Interpretation of estimated breeding values (EBV): An EBV is the estimated genetic superiority or inferiority of an animal compared to the average of the base population. It is based on the animal’s performance plus the performance of all its relatives (i.e. progeny, sire, dam, full-sibs, half-sibs, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. with records), and it is the best estimate available of the animal’s true genetic worth. High positive EBVs for NLB, Milk, Fat, Protein, %Fat, and %Protein and high negative EBVs for SCS are desirable.