NDSU to Host Spring Sheep Workshop

01 Mar
March 1, 2019

The 2019 Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Association (MLWPA) Spring Sheep Workshop will be held at the North Dakota State University Sheep Unit and Meats Lab in Fargo. Much of the focus this year will be on lamb carcass quality.

The day will begin with a Tour of the NDSU Sheep Unit under the direction of Skip Anderson. Following the tour, there will be a presentation on Including Leucine in Lamb Milk Replacer for Improved Performance by graduate student Jessica Reiners; and a demonstration of Ultrasound for Carcass Evaluation on Live Lambs by Dr. Travis Hoffman. From there, participants will head into campus to the NDSU Meats lab for a lamb lunch provided by Carnivore Catering. Afternoon seminars include Lamb Carcass Evaluation by Dr. Rob Maddock and Dr. Travis Hoffman; and Lamb Carcass Fabrication and Processing by Spencer Wirt. Several local Chefs have been invited to participate in the afternoon discussion as well.

The Spring Sheep Workshop will be Saturday, March 23. Registration starts at 9:00 am, and the day concludes at 3:30 pm. The cost is $10 per person for youth, students and members of MLWPA and NDLWPA ($20 for non-member producers) and includes a lamb lunch. Go to mlwp.org EVENTS PAGE for registration materials and informational brochure.

Members Recognized at 2018 Shepherd’s Holiday

06 Dec
December 6, 2018


Daryl Boehm was the winner of the annual Silver Bell Award!  Daryl started with sheep in the 70’s and currently still has a flock of over 200 ewes.  Daryl is very supportive of youth involvement, both in FFA and 4-H.  He is a helpful leader for the youth, and is now working with the third generation youth.  Daryl is a MLWP Director and is current President for SE MN Sheep Producers.

Dedicated Service Award

John Dvorak earned the Dedicated Service Award for his attention to the Baa Booth and the improvements made to it.  John is also active member of the Legislative Committee and our Regional ASI representative.

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Heidi Geske was given the Outstanding Volunteer Award for her time and efforts in helping with our website.

Thank You to our Major Sponsors

Our annual Shepherd’s Holiday conference was a great success due to our sponsors and donations.  Thank to everyone who contributed!



Register now for Annual Shepherds Holiday Conference!

02 Nov
November 2, 2018

Registration is now open for attending our annual Shepherds Holiday conference being held this year in Rochester, Nov 30 & Dec 1.  There will be an optional tour during the day on Friday.  Friday evening will again be our Lamb Social, followed by our fundraiser auction.  Saturday will be full of education, research, and practical sessions, our annual meeting, and Awards Luncheon.  Make It With Wool contest will also be on Saturday.  Click on the Shepherd’s Holiday tab on the right column for Agenda, Registration form and Hotel information.

Baa Booth is Open at the State Fair

25 Aug
August 25, 2018

Stop in at the Baa Booth when attending the State Fair.  Displays and demos vary each day such as wool spinning wheels, wool felting art, and always plenty of lamb recipes and other info for your lamb and wool production.

Register today for the Spring Sheep Workshop!

17 Mar
March 17, 2018


PHOTO: Lambs at Rafter P Ranch, Kensington, MN

Dan and Kay Persons to Host Spring Sheep Workshop

 Sheep health and handling is the theme for the 2018 Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Association (MLWPA) Spring Sheep Workshop at Dan and Kay Persons, Rafter P Ranch, Kensington, MN.

Topics and speakers include: Scrapie and Regulatory Issues, Dr. Steven Just, Board of Animal Health; Electronic ID & Handling Demo, farm staff; Ewe/lamb Necropsy, Dr. Greg Sonstegard, DVM; Hoof Care, Al Hendrickx, producer; Wool / Shearing set-up, Dr. Travis Hoffman, UM/NDSU; Lambing Barn / Orphan Lambs, Dan & Kay Persons, producers; Lamb Feedlot Management, farm staff.

The Spring Sheep Workshop will be Saturday, April 7. Registration starts at 8:30 am, and the day concludes at 3 pm. The cost is $10 per person for youth, students and MLWPA members ($20 for non-member producers) and includes a lamb lunch courtesy of Superior Farms and MLPWA. Go to mlwp.org for registration materials.