South Dakota Sheep Growers to meet Sept. 27-28 in Brookings
August 30, 2013
The South Dakota Sheep Growers will host their 76th Annual Convention in Brookings Sept. 27-28, 2013. Make plans now to attend the 2-day event which will feature a broad range of activities for established and new sheep producers in the region.
(The convention is headquartered at the Days Inn Hotel & Convention Center. Activities begin each day at 8 a.m.)
Friday Sept. 27
The day will kick-off with a bus tour to a large, progressive sheep operation near Watertown. In the afternoon, enjoy demonstration and interactive sessions at the SDSU Sheep Unit located in Brookings.
Sessions will include; sheep handling systems, use of working dogs, wool and fleece grading and lambing management tips. Nationally recognized industry experts will lead the sessions. In the evening, attendees will enjoy the Taste of Lamb event which will be held at Innovation Village in Brookings. During the event, local chefs will showcase their talents in preparing lamb product samples. The event will feature wine by J. Lohr and cheeses from South Dakota processors.
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The fee for Friday's activities is $10 per person or $25 per family.
Saturday Sept. 28
The morning agenda will kick off with representatives from the American Sheep Industry and the American Lamb Board who will provide industry insight on new programs being developed. This will be followed by a presentation by Kreg Leymaster on combating Ovine Progressive Pneumonia (OPP) in the sheep industry. Dennis Melchert, manager of the Faribault Woolen Mill – Faribault, Minn., will highlight innovations in wool product manufacturing.
The Master Lamb Producer Luncheon will spotlight several outstanding producers from South Dakota with different types of sheep and wool production management systems.
Saturday afternoon will feature break-out educational program sessions where attendees may choose from a variety of topics. The program title choices will include; Developing a Flock of Highly Productive Ewes, Predator Control and Parasite Resistance, or New Producer segment. A business meeting will be held later in the afternoon and attendees are encouraged to take part. The evening will be capped off with a social hour and auction followed by the state finals of the Make It Yourself with Wool Contest and banquet.
A trade show will run during the two-day convention. And, a Fleece to Shawl will run Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during which time the contestants will complete a shawl from South Dakota wool. The shawls will be auctioned prior to the banquet Saturday night. Saturday morning will also feature fun, hands-on wool activities.
Saturday's program is included in paid SDSGA membership dues or is $10 per person or $25 per family for non-members.
Pre-registration is encouraged for both days by Sept. 13. For more information contact Jeff Held at 605-690-7033, Lynn or Dianne Perry at 605-546-2190, Patty DeZeeuw at 605-690-5639 or Mary Held at 605-690-7032 or simply by email request a registration form.