Summer is Here!

15 Jul
July 15, 2015

The summer lamb market season is in full swing. Some producers have already emptied their pens for the year, some are halfway, some are starting and some will begin later this summer/early fall. Lamb prices appear to be stronger than last year, but could always be better, right?¬†Ewes are out in pasture and some producers are getting ready to put their rams in soon, some are done breeding and some won’t put rams in until late this fall. The show season is in full swing, I think we’re about halfway through it, then it’s history and those yearling ewes will go into production.

As you can imagine, the sheep production cycle is ever changing: rarely a dull moment; always something to be learned; the promise of change with new genetics brought into your flock as you purchase breeding stock at the numerous sales, the satisfaction and peacefulness you feel as you watch your flock begin to bed down at dusk. This is part of the life of a shepherd. Lots of hard work, happy times, frustration and satisfaction-I love it, don’t you?

MLWPA offers Mentor Program for new Producers

04 Feb
February 4, 2015

If you are new to raising sheep, or if you would like to start raising sheep, but would like some advice from an experienced shepherd, contact MLWPA today and receive information on our mentor program.

MLWPA will connect you with an experienced sheep producer in your area who will mentor you as begin raising sheep. The mentor will provide tips and advice via email and/or telephone. In addition the mentor will come to your farm at least once to review your facilities and management plan and provide additional advice. This mentoring is a free service. The only requirement is that the mentee become a member of the MN Lamb and Wool Producers Association.

If you need assistance in locating a source (or sources) of sheep to start your flock, MLWPA volunteers can help you with that as well. Join our flock today.

Fiber Classes now confirmed for the Shepherd’s Holiday

11 Nov
November 11, 2014

Fiber Preparation 101, From Sheep to Wool for Handspinners, Marketing your Farm Products with Social Media (bring your laptop or smart phone), and Skirting Fleeces (bring fleeces and skirting tables if you have them). Refer to the agenda for class times.

Celebrate Lamb Social

22 Oct
October 22, 2014

Join the fun at the 2014 MN Lamb & Wool Shepherd’s Holiday at the Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska. The annual conference starts with the “Celebrate Lamb Social” on Friday Dec. 5 at 7pm. The evening will include lamb cooking/sampling with Chef Virgil Emmert, sheep cheese samples courtesy of Shepherd’s Way Farm, wine tasting, and more.

Stay for the educational seminars on Saturday. There will be sessions for experienced producers, beginners, and fiber enthusiasts. Topics include: health, nutrition, marketing, updates from ASI & ALB and much more. The Make it With Wool contest is also on Dec. 6. Check out the trade show, awards luncheon and annual banquet/fundraiser auction. The agenda posted here will be updated as more speakers confirm.

The conference concludes Sunday morning with the annual business meeting and election of officers. Reserve your room by Nov. 14 by calling 877-874-6772 and ask for the MLWP guestroom rate.

In the Big City

04 Jul
July 4, 2014

Pres. John Dvorak was accompanied by Melanie Pamp and Jeremy Geske on a trip to Washington D.C., sponsored by the MN Lamb and Wool Producers and ASI, to lobby for several different items for our nation’s sheep producers. Shown here with MN Representative Colin Peterson, who is chair of the House Ag Committee.

Sorry for the delay in posting this! Thank you John, Melanie, and Jeremy for going there and lobbying on our behalf!