Blue and Gold Sausage

In the late 1960s, agricultural education teacher Don Ramsey started a sausage fundraiser for the Jones, Okla. FFA chapter to help his students add value to their FFA projects.

“The students raised their own animals as show products, and they were losing money selling them to stockyards when they were done showing them,” says Brett Ramsey, Don’s son. “So dad started taking them to a local processor to create sausage that they sold door-to-door as a fundraiser. It was great for his group, and the next thing he knew, fellow agriculture teachers in other communities wanted to do the same thing.”

By 1972, the demand for Don’s sausage began to get overwhelming, so he left his 20-year teaching career and started the Blue and Gold Sausage Co.

“In one day, he used up his retirement from teaching 20 years in one day buying equipment, and at that time he had no experience in food manufacturing,” Brett says of his dad, who is now 85. “What started as a fundraiser for one FFA chapter has become a fundraiser for FFA chapters, bands, ball teams, booster clubs and PTAs in every county in Oklahoma, as well as groups in Kansas, Arkansas and Texas.”

Now in business for more than four decades, the Blue and Gold Sausage Co. continues to market and sell 100 percent of its products through more than 1,100 nonprofit organizations and youth groups. Those products include 2.5-pound rolls of sausage, 3.5-pound packages of thick-sliced bacon and 5-pound bags of breaded chicken tenders.

“One third of our total customer groups are still FFA chapters, and they do 70 percent of our annual business,” Brett says. “There are 350 chapters in Oklahoma, and we sell through all of them.”

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During the 2012-2013 school year, fundraising groups sold 3.25 million pounds of Blue and Gold Sausage, 1.25 million pounds of bacon and 900,000 pounds of breaded chicken tenders. Together, they earned more than $2.5 million for their projects.

Blue and Gold Sausage is still family owned by Don and Willadean Ramsey and sons, Brett and Greg.

Blue and Gold Sausage

“Greg takes care of regulatory issues and USDA inspections, and I take care of inventory and public relations,” Brett explains. “Mom does the bookkeeping and will be 73 this year. She hasn’t slowed down since the beginning. And dad is still involved – he tells us all what to do.”

Thanks to the company’s steady growth, it has outgrown its 9,000-square-foot storage and production facility. The Ramseys are tripling the facility’s size to 27,000-square-feet in 2013. The company has eight full-time employees and as many as 40 employees in its highest production months of September, October and November.

“The cool part about being a small business is we get to wear a lot of hats,” Brett says. “I might be sitting on a forklift or attending an investment meeting today and sweeping the floors tomorrow. That keeps things fresh.”

Supporting Oklahoma’s youth and FFA chapters is another benefit.

“It’s wonderful when your customers do something you believe in,” Brett continues. “Dad is still an ag teacher at heart with a business on the side. Oklahoma has a very strong FFA program, and we’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to support them.”

47 COMMENTS

  1. Someone in our office is asking for support for a school fundraiser selling your products. Can you tell me who processes and packages your bacon?

  2. Hi Lynn,

    Thanks for reading our article about Blue and Gold Sausage Co. that ran in the 2013 edition of Oklahoma Agriculture magazine. However, for fundraising information, you’ll actually need to contact them directly at http://www.blueandgoldsausageco.com. Hope this helps!

    Thanks,
    Jessy Yancey
    content director
    Oklahoma Agriculture

  3. We have a friend that drives from texas to Oklahoma to pick us up sausage. It is wonderful and we have been trying to find more to buy here but it is not available. Wish you had the sausage available here in texas!

  4. I grew up in Oklahoma, and sold Blue and Gold Sausage for my FFA Chapter for many years.. I now live in Arkansas, I was wondering if all FFA Chapters sell Blue and Gold Sausage, Or just Okla.? I would love to buy some…

  5. Hi Andrea,

    Thanks for reading our article about Blue and Gold Sausage Co. that ran in the 2013 edition of Oklahoma Agriculture magazine. However, for purchasing information, you’ll actually need to contact them directly at http://www.blueandgoldsausageco.com. Hope this helps!

    Thanks!
    Rachel Bertone
    Editor
    Oklahoma Agriculture

  6. Hi Andrea,

    I believe it’s only FFA chapters in Oklahoma as well as some in Texas. For more accurate purchasing information, you’ll actually need to contact them directly at http://www.blueandgoldsausageco.com. Hope this helps!

    Jessy Yancey
    content director
    Oklahoma Agriculture

  7. we visited our daughter in Clinton okla for thanksgiving and they fed us ur bacon, the best ever!how can I get some in Sherman illinois

  8. the chicken i got this year is realy bad it has very little chicken it is all breading will not buy any more have 5 bags will have to feed it to the dogs what happened to the seasoning

  9. I have supported the Newkirk fund raiser for years even though I live in NJ. Last week I took a package of sausage and one of bacon for a work group breakfast needless to say both were a great hit. Multiple co-workers are now planning to order when Newkirk FFA begins their fundraiser. Keep up the good work

  10. I’m interested in having a money raiser for the church how ddo I get started?

  11. Hi Pastor Alexander,

    We wrote a story about Blue and Gold Sausage and are not directly affiliated with them. Please contact them at 405-399-2954 for more information about fundraisers. Hope this helps!

    Rachel Bertone,
    editor, Oklahoma Agriculture

  12. My son goes to school in Velma, Oklahoma and sold your sausage this year. W e want to know what is the most sausage one person has sold in Oklahoma. My son sold $4000. this year. His name is Nick Jett. Can you please tell me what is the most sold by one person in Oklahoma?

  13. I need to purchase some of your sausage L. Can you provide a source in North Central Texas or Southern Oklahoma (Lawton/Wichita Falls) area?

    Thanks

    Gene Stevens

  14. Hi,

    I am the VP Sales with a B2b payments company. I’m interested in connecting with Greg. Someone from Blue and Gold reached out not too long ago to ask about payment solutions, and we haven’t been able to connect directly with anyone. I’d love to talk to you about improving processing for collecting payments.

    Can someone please offer me his email or number, or ask him to contact me at mperry@paystand.com? 650.384.9441

    Meridith

  15. hello, Love you products but am curious how the animals are raised, treated, food they eat and if they get to roam around or cage all day?

    thank you for your time 🙂

  16. Hi Roni,

    Thanks for reading our article about Blue and Gold Sausage Co. that ran in the 2013 edition of Oklahoma Agriculture magazine. However, for more information, you’ll actually need to contact them directly at http://www.blueandgoldsausageco.com. Hope this helps!

    Rachel Bertone
    editor, Oklahoma Agriculture

  17. Hi Havered,

    Thanks for reading our article about Blue and Gold Sausage Co. that ran in the 2013 edition of Oklahoma Agriculture magazine. For purchasing information, you’ll actually need to contact them directly at http://www.blueandgoldsausageco.com. Hope this helps!

    Rachel Bertone
    editor, Oklahoma Agriculture

  18. Hi Meridith,

    Thanks for reading our article about Blue and Gold Sausage Co. that ran in the 2013 edition of Oklahoma Agriculture magazine. Please need to contact Blue and Gold directly at http://www.blueandgoldsausageco.com. Hope this helps!

    Rachel Bertone
    editor, Oklahoma Agriculture

  19. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for reading our article about Blue and Gold Sausage Co. that ran in the 2013 edition of Oklahoma Agriculture magazine. For purchasing information, you’ll need to contact them directly at http://www.blueandgoldsausageco.com. Hope this helps!
    Rachel Bertone
    editor, Oklahoma Agriculture

  20. I would love to have blue and gold sausage mail out to my home I’m a 58 year old amputee and don’t see to many children in the area selling them items how do I order sausage and chicken and bacon.

  21. I am looking for any Tulsa area places that carry your products and would appreciate you responding back to me any location.

    Thank you

    Danny Burnett

  22. Hello, I am interested in purchasing some blue and gold sausage and bacon. My boyfriend born and raised in Oklahoma now a police officer in Orange County California was telling me how that was the best sausage and bacon that he has ever had. I would love to surprise him with a guest. Please let me know how I can purchase this online.

  23. Hi Lucy,

    Please contact Blue and Gold Sausage directly at 405-399-2954 to order. Hope this helps!

    Rachel Bertone
    editor, Oklahoma Agriculture

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