SD Sheep growers to gather for convention |

SD Sheep growers to gather for convention

The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association 78th Annual Convention will be held in Rapid City at the Best Western Ramkota September 25-26, 2015.

The convention begins Friday, Sept. 25 with tours to Center of the Nation Wool, New Generation Supplements, the Newell Sheep Yards, as well as the historic, Orwick Family Sheep Ranch.

The Orwick family will be hosting a lamb supper after a pasture tour of the prairie.

Sept. 26 will include seminars and activities at the Best Western Ramkota, featuring speakers from the sheep industry, academia and sheep organizations; including: Lucas Lentsch, S.D. Secretary of Agriculture; Kelly Hepler, Secretary of S.D. Game, Fish & Parks; and USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture, Edward Avalos.

Topics include; new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), managing internal parasites, H2A workers, and research updates. The Master Lamb Producer awards and highlights will be presented during the Saturday luncheon. Trapper of the Year and Shepherd’s Award will also be announced during the evening banquet as well as the Make It With Wool finals.

A bonus tour will be held Sunday, Sept. 27. Transportation will be on your own. The tour will visit a Black Hills logging site and will focus on logging and pine beetle damage and management.

Registration information

To register for the event visit the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association website ( or Facebook page, or email

Completed forms can be mailed to Tammy Basel, 16079 Minnehaha Place, Union Center, SD 57787, or emailed to Pre-registration is encouraged by Sept. 7, 2015.

If you are not currently a member of the S.D. Sheep Growers Association, attend and receive a discounted, one-year trial membership for $35 and your Friday, Sept. 25 registration fee will also be waved. Current member dues are $50.

Registration for Friday and Saturday is $10 per person per day or $25 per family per day. Tickets for Saturday’s Master Lamb Producer Luncheon are $12 and $20 for the Make It With Wool Lamb Banquet.

–South Dakota Sheep Growers