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Lamb and Wool Expo set for August 1-2

The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Expo will be Aug. 1-2 at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds and Gladstone Inn in Jamestown.

"This event is a great opportunity for sheep producers and anyone interested in learning more about the sheep industry," says Reid Redden, North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep specialist and one of the expo's organizers.

The expo begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 1 at the fairgrounds. Events that morning are for anyone in the general public who wants to learn about sheep farming, lamb as a menu item and the uses of wool. Participants also will be able to see stock dog and sheep-shearing demonstrations.

Those interested in commercial sheep farming can participate in a tour of the Stroh Farm sheep operation near Tappen.

"The topics will be entertaining and appropriate for all ages, especially young families," Redden says.

Following a lamb lunch at noon, activities will move to the Gladstone Inn. The afternoon sessions are designed for sheep producers and those in allied industries. Speakers will discuss profitable sheep-feeding strategies, the status of the U.S. lamb industry, precision sheep farming and the process of turning wool into products.

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A social will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by a lamb supper and the keynote address from Dan Morrical, Iowa State University sheep specialist.

Activities on Aug. 2 include a lamb lunch, ram show, and ram and ewe sale. Also, a vendor fair will be held both days.

The preregistration deadline in July 15. For more information on the expo or registration fees, contact Redden at (701) 231-5597 or reid.redden@ndsu.edu. Visit http://tinyurl.com/lamb-woolexpo2014 to register online.

–NDSU Extension