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Fall is in the Air

28 Oct
October 28, 2013

Frost on the windshield, the sounds of combining corn and soybeans, and geese flying overhead means that winter is just around the corner. I still need to cover my strawberries, haul out the manure and pull the rams out of the breeding pastures (hopefully all that will be done by this weekend).

The Shepherd’s Holiday is coming up the weekend of Nov. 15, and an updated agenda is posted on the website. Be sure to get registered and reserve your room by Nov. 1 for the best prices! You should be getting your newsletter soon, but all the conference information is now available on the website.

Join us for the Celebrate Lamb Social on Friday night, and stay for a great conference. Bring the kids to enjoy the waterpark at Thumper Pond. See you there.


Join us for the Celebrate Lamb Social and the Shepherd’s Holiday

02 Oct
October 2, 2013

The celebrate Lamb Social kicks off the 2013 MLWPA Shepherd’s Holiday on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7pm. There will be lamb cooking demonstrations and sampling with Chef Ben McCallum (using lamb from Liberty Land & Livestock), sheep cheese samples from Shepherd’s Way farm, a Make It With Wool display, and wine tasting from local winery, Carlos Creek.

Saturday will feature a full line-up of seminars on marketing, reproduction, heath, fiber arts, youth and more. Other Saturday highlights include the Make It With Wool contest and style show, banquets, trade show and auction. The agenda and registration information can be found on our Shepherd’s Holiday Page. Register by Nov. 1 for the reduced rate.

Sunday is for families to enjoy the water park and other amenities of Thumper Pond. Call 877-294-7981 to reserve your room by Nov. 1. Ask for the MN Lamb & Wool rate, which includes 4 water park passes.

3rd Annual Sheep & Fiber Farm Tour

04 Sep
September 4, 2013

The Tour Includes:

  1. Rach-al-paca Farm
  2. Clear Spring Farm
  3. Faribault Woolen Mill
  4. Ellison Sheep Farm
  5. Wiscoy Valley Farm
  6. Yarn Bombing

Sheep cheese and wine event with presentation by:

FRIDAY OCTOBER 11TH, 5-9PM, $15. B&B Berwood Hill Inn Gardens, 22139 Hickory Rd.

For more information, please view the event brochure here.

Thumper Pond means Family Fun at this Year’s Shepherd’s Holiday – Nov. 15-16

12 Jul
July 12, 2013

Bring the family for a weekend of fun, education, lamb & wool promotion and socializing with fellow sheep enthusiasts. The Shepherd’s Holiday annual conference and trade show will be held at the Thumper Pond resort in Otter Tail, MN this November.

Join us for the “Celebrate Lamb” social on Friday night, including lamb cooking demonstrations and sampling with Chef Ben McCallum, sheep cheese sampling, wine sampling from Carlos Creek winery, and a Make It With Wool display. The social is sponsored by Minnesota Grown, the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers Association.

Saturday’s activities include an array of educational seminars featuring NDSU Sheep Specialist Reid Redden, youth programs, fiber seminars and a beginning shepherd’s panel. The Make It With Wool contest will conclude with a fashion show during the Silver Bell Awards luncheon. The annual fundraiser auction will follow the business meeting and election of officers.

Sunday morning is free time to spend in the water park. Your hotel room fee includes 4 passes to the water park. Your conference registration fee includes tickets to Friday’s “Celebrate Lamb” social, a continental breakfast on Saturday, Saturday’s luncheon and banquet, coffee breaks, access to all educational seminars and the trade show. Note the reduced registration rate for children.

A draft agenda, and registration information will be available soon. Reserve your room by Nov. 1 and ask for the MN Lamb & Wool rate. Learn more about Thumper Pond at

2013 AgStar Purple Ribbon Contest

03 Jul
July 3, 2013

Once again, AgStar is sponsoring a “Purple Ribbon Video Contest” for 4H, FFA and Open Class livestock showmen in our service area. This contest is open to livestock showmen in our service area, ages 14-21, showing us how they get their animals ready for the MN State Fair and sharing what Ag means to them and the world.  There are three age groups and one person from each age group will win a $500 scholarship!

They have a short YouTube video talking about the contest, which you can view and share by clicking this link:

To enter, submit your story on, then get friends and family to vote for your video by  “liking” your submission.

Three Age Groups:

  • 14-15
  • 16-18
  • 19-21

Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes. Videos must be submitted by August 11, 2013. For complete contest rules go to: