DLGC Message from President Riley Braaten

Greetings Fellow Shepherds,

It’s amazing how some things can change dramatically and some changes move much slower.  Parts of our region have gone from very dry to actually being almost too wet this fall.  The moisture has been quite a surprise in many areas and some subsoil moisture has been restored.  With snow on the way for some of us in the next few days, hopefully you have finished up the outside work for now.

The lamb market has slowly changed.  We still have very strong prices on slaughter ewes, which is great for those moving ewes that don’t produce well enough to offset these high feed prices.  Fat lambs have remained strong for the 4th quarter.  Superior Farms had once said perhaps we could maybe see $2.00 fat lambs as a new normal. Anyone’s guess is as good as the next, and hopefully it’s true as we continue to see higher input costs in agriculture.

DLGC annual meeting is coming up the 2nd week in December.  It’s a time for our producers, those who help at delivery points, and Superior Farms representatives to get together and share some thoughts and ideas, as well as enjoy some reminiscing and laughter.  Our producers are like family and I look forward to enjoying the long overdue gathering.  We hope to see you December 9th and 10th in Fargo, ND.

May each of our producers take this time to thank each other for being part of the lamb industry and encourage each other to continue to support and promote our products.  We give thanks to God for another strong season in the lamb market and for the rain that has fallen on the land.

May you find all the tagged ears in your flock alive and well.

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