Producers Recognized at 2017 Shepherd’s Holiday

03 Dec
December 3, 2017

Froehlich Family Receives Silver Bell Award 

Steve and Jean Froehlich family have always demonstrated a true interest and love for the sheep industry. Their willingness to help out, and use their sheep for display in Baa Booth and other events to increase awareness to the general public. The family spends countless hours in the sheep barn during the Minnesota State Fair tending to their sheep on display and also volunteering their time.

Mike Caskey Receives Dedicated Service Award

Mike received this award for his 40+ years of being an instructor and educator, and also being a producer and an advocate for the industry by the many committees and positions he has served over the years. Mike is a passionate advocate for the sheep industry and works tirelessly to help sheep producers succeed.

Thank you to our Sponsors

This year, the joint annual conference with the North Dakota producers was a huge success, and this was only made possible by the businesses that contributed to the event!

Register now for the Annual Shepherd’s Holiday!

01 Nov
November 1, 2017

This year our annual conference – a.k.a. “Shepherd’s Holiday” – will be a joint event with Minnesota and North Dakota producers. We worked with NDLWPA on planning an outstanding convention. Make plans to head to Fargo, ND on December 1-2.

The conference starts with an optional bus tour that leaves Friday morning (see the agenda for a list of tour stops). Join us back at the Double Tree Inn for the evening lamb social and auction. Saturday is jam-packed with educational sessions (again refer to the agenda – there’s something for everyone) throughout the day, as well as state annual meetings, a lamb lunch, and trade show. The event concludes with our keynote speaker – Kate Lambert (Agvocate, blogger, sheep producer, marathon runner) who will discuss “Advocating for modern Agriculture: Why it matters to producers“.

Click on the “Shepherd’s Holiday” button to review the agenda, registration materials and hotel information.

See you in Fargo!

Baa Booth at the Minnesota State Fair

28 Aug
August 28, 2017

The Baa Booth at the State Fair was a big hit again! Plenty of sheep industry information, and lamb recipe cards, and good discussion to fill the day. Special thanks to John and State Fair reps, the booth is looking great, and even has a new game to test your sheep knowledge!

Spring Workshop, ” Sheep Health Day at U of M”

02 Apr
April 2, 2017

Spring Sheep Day is a resounding success with over 100 participating – excited to learn hands on and share knowledge about sheep and lamb health! “Thanks to U of M Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers Assoc for a great day.”

Hands-on demos included: ewe health – assessing body condition, disease symptoms, collecting blood samples; examining euthanized ewes for signs of OPP, CL, and other health issues; and lamb necropsy station determining causes.

Great lecture sessions on sheep diseases, focusing on Scrapie and OPP, and other health concerns, and an OPP producer panel, and finished the day with U of M Sheep Barns or DVL tour.

Look for more pictures and post on our Facebook page; Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers Association, or

MARCH 2017 MLWPA Leaders Visit DC

28 Mar
March 28, 2017

Pictured (L-R): Jeremy Geske (Secretary), Randy Kinney (President), Congressman Peterson, Dan Lippert (Past Chair of American Lamb Board), and John Dvorak (Past-President, ASI Reg. 3 Director).  Picture from Congressman Peterson’s weekly newsletter.

MLWPA leaders participated in the ASI Legislative trip to Washington, D.C. They met with the entire MN Congressional delegation. Topics discussed included: Farm Bill (LDP rate for wool, FMD Vaccine bank, minor species designation, mandatory price reporting), funding for wildlife services, support for US Sheep Research Station and grazing on public lands.