Sheep, goat sale grosses nearly $65,000

PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE, Pa. — Pennsylvania sheep and goat producers received nearly $65,000 for 115 animals during the Livestock Evaluation Center’s 34th annual Performance Tested Ram Lamb and Meat Goat Buck Sale.

Performance tests

Top males selected after 77-day ram and 70-day buck performance tests sold Aug. 4 at the center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre Co.

The tests evaluated growth, average daily gain, muscling and fat deposition. The higher-quality genetics will help improve sheep flocks and goat herds across Pennsylvania and throughout the northeast.

Thirty-nine performance tested rams averaged $656, while 31 tested bucks averaged $523. Select females also sold, with 14 consignment ewes averaging $668 and 31 does averaging $421.


The top-selling buck was consigned by Sherrie Losch of Port Royal, Juniata Co., and sold for $2,000 to Prosperity Acres of Sunderland, Md.

The second-highest seller was consigned by William and Jody Weist of Middleburg, Union Co., and sold for $925.

The top-selling ram, a Suffolk from MacCauley Suffolks of Atglen, Chester Co., brought $1,100, selling to Deborah Boyd of Ephrata, Lancaster Co.

Two Dorpers from Nix Besser Farm in Narvon, Lancaster Co. sold for $1,000 each to Anna Frumina of Sweet Valley, Luzerne Co.

Dorpers were the highest-averaging rams, selling six animals for $750 average.

Exams. 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.

Sale averages by breed are:

Ram Lambs: eight Dorsets averaged $544; eight Suffolks averaged $728; seven Texels averaged $668; six Dorpers averaged $746; four Katahdins averaged $663; three Polypays averaged $617; a White Dorper brought $750; a Shropshire $700 and a Merino $300.

Meat Goat Bucks: 17 full-blood senior Boers averaged $606; seven full-blood junior Boers averaged $321; six purebred/percentage senior Boers averaged $558 and a purebred/percentage junior Boer brought $300.

For more information, contact the Livestock Evaluation Center at 814-238-2527 or or visit

About the Author

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at More Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

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