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Represent the U.S. sheep industry in the Tri-Lamb young leader program

The American Lamb Board (ALB) and the American Sheep Industry Association’s (ASI) Young Entrepreneur Committee are seeking two candidates to represent the U.S. in a new Tri Lamb young leaders program. The program is designed to create a forum of young producers and leaders from the US, AU and NZ to share ideas, network and to broaden understanding of sheep production practices in all three countries. Each country will select two young (22-40 year olds) producers who exhibit future leadership potential to participate in the forum for two years. Each country will also select one progressive successful producer leader to serve as a mentor and liaison with the other leaders.


The program will be kicked off in Australia August 10-14, 2016 followed by New Zealand August 15-18, 2016. Airfare, hotel and other travel expenses will be covered for the participants that are selected to represent the US. The US representatives will develop an agenda and host the AU and NZ producers in 2017. Participation in the forum requires a two year commitment (2016-2017).

The 2016 trip to Australia will include participation at LambEx, Australia’s premier lamb industry event with more than 900 delegates and 70 exhibitors. All sectors of the lamb industry come together at the LambEx to showcase the Australian industry. The delegates will also spend time in Canberra, which as well as being the nation’s capital, is the headquarters of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia followed by a day in Sydney. Delegates would fly out of Sydney to New Zealand where they will spend 3 days near Christchurch touring several farms and learning about the different aspects of sheep production in New Zealand.

The leaders that are selected will be required to present a report on the new young leader group and the AU and NZ meetings and tours at the 2017 Annual Sheep Convention in Denver, CO. The participants will also be asked to help develop the 2017 US program hosting the AU and NZ leaders including location, timing, tours, agenda etc.

Selection Process

There are two parts to the application process:

Applicants must complete the written application which is available by contacting the American Lamb Board: or click here to access the application online.

Interviews will be conducted over the phone or in person depending on applicant’s location.

Applicants must be members of the American Sheep Industry Association.


Applications are due on March 15, 2016. Interviews will be conducted between March 15 -31 and participants will be notified by April 1, 2016.

Click here to access the application. Questions can be directed to Megan Wortman at or by calling the ALB office at 303-759-3001.

– American Lamb Board


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