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Rife Shropshires Online Sale - Sale begins on April 19, 2021 at 8am EST. Sale ends on April 19, 2021 at 9pm EST/6pm PST. HORSE RACE STYLE CLOSING FORMAT!!! If you have any questions on this type of auction or any questions about the auction platform, please contact sale management.

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Message from Rife Shropshires: We are rapidly approaching one of our saddest days, April 19, 2021, the final dispersal of our beloved Shropshire flock. From the very beginning, that September day in 1961, when Lowell Douce dropped off nine of his old brood ewes and a loaner ram, I've very much enjoyed our Shropshires. Those original specimens were not pretty at $20 each, but I raised six lambs that initial year. My family was novice about sheep raising. The three males provided my market lamb project that year and a ewe lamb turned out just pretty nice, won her class over a group of eight Shropshire ewe lambs at our county fair. This gave me the fever and Dad went back to Lowell and bought six more, much better ewes that following fall. That was my start and I credit Lowell. He had been the 4-H agent in Highland County, Ohio for several years and worked hard at nurturing and mentoring young folks to improve their desire to win and to succeed in their endeavors. He provided "hands on" guidance and instruction. Here we are 60 years later and our proudest accomplishment through the years has been all of our "Best consignment" awards: 11 Midwest Stud Ram, 12 Ohio Classic, 5 Illinois Spectacular and 2 Great Lakes. These awards can't be won with two or three good entries, but with an entire consignment of a top shelf selection of very well-presented animals at each of those sales. We were also awarded Premier Exhibitor Banners for eight Ohio State Fair Shropshire shows from 1999 to2017. Through that time frame this was the largest and toughest Shropshire show on earth. Even more rewarding and enjoyable are the many friendships Julie and I have made from every corner of this land. I received a nice note from our friend, Larry Larimore in Delaware just prior to our March 8th sale. He wrote, "Thinking about you, dispersing a lifetime passion has to be tough." Julie and I delivered three really fancy, young ewes to Jim and Steve Isler of Prospect, OH from that first sale. We unloaded them in a small paddock by the barn. As we stood there visiting over their purchases, it really hit me. It is tough! Very tough! Folks ask, "What are you going to do?" My answer, "I'm going to write my memoirs." We trust these animals will provide similar enjoyment and rewards for advancing your showing and breeding programs. Thank you!
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