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Sheep for Profit School

29 May
May 29, 2013

MN_West_logoDon’t miss your chance to attend the 2013 Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program Sheep For Profit School which will be held on July 10-13th, 2013 in Pipestone Minnesota. The Sheep for Profit School is only offered once every two years. The Pipestone Lamb and Wool program has an excellent school scheduled, including the tour of two outstanding sheep operations.

The Sheep for Profit School is the professional management and business school.  The purpose of the school is to help improve sheep management skills; increase the profitability of your sheep operation and form relationships in your business.  The school will be intense and combine lecture, group discussion and visits to outstanding Pipestone area sheep operations.  Expert instructors with diverse and practical sheep experience will help you define your vision and build a practical plan to achieve your goals.  This is a four day investment that will change your sheep operation and how you view the sheep industry.

2013 Cost: $475 (includes tuition, handouts, noon and evening meals and breaks)

Please visit for more information.



Spring Sheep Workshop

08 May
May 8, 2013

Join us at the George Warrant farm near Kassota, MN on May 18 for the Spring Sheep workshop. Grazing and pasture management will be the main focus of the tour. Please pre-register to help with meal planning.

Alfalfa winterkill
An unusual amount of winter injury and winterkill of alfalfa stands occurred in south central and southern Minnesota. While reports do not represent a detailed analysis of where injury to alfalfa occurred across Minnesota, they suggest a need for producers to check on stands and evaluate them for potential winter injury. (from the University of MN Extension Ag News Wire)

Spring is here (at least in theory)

05 Apr
April 5, 2013
Please check out the Events page to see the Spring Sheep Workshop information!

Last year we were at 80 degrees, this year I still have piles of snow in the yard (and baby chicks in my basement instead of out in the barn where they belong). Still waiting on the last ewe to lamb…I think she’s waiting until I board the plane for DC next week.

Thanks to George Warrant for hosting the Spring Sheep Workshop at his farm near Kassota, coming up on May 18. Registration information will be posted on-line and will be included in the next newsletter. Thanks to John Dvorak for leading the planning efforts for this event.

Thank you to everyone who contacted your state legislators regarding the efforts to place a moratorium on the wolf hunting/trapping season. Your voices made a difference (we should also thank MN Farm Bureau for making us aware that this was being proposed).

And finally, thanks to our web guru Sarah for helping me fix a mistake that I made which caused a temporary interruption in our website service. We have also updated the Events Calendar for 2013. Here’s to a wet spring which will hopefully lead to bountiful hay and corn crops!

Shepherd’s Holiday Wrap-up

05 Dec
December 5, 2012

The Shepherd’s Holiday was grand event highlighted by the selection of Dan Persons, of Kensington as this year’s Silver Bell award winner. Although relatively new to sheep farming, Dan has excelled in the production and promotion of sheep, and has been a dedicated leader for the association. The use of technology, labor-saving managment techniques and a focus on production records helps Rafter P Ranch care for over 1,000 ewes and provide a year-round supply of lambs. Congratulations Dan!

John Dvorak, of Webster was elected President of MLWPA at the annual business meeting. The MLWPA board also welcomes newly-elected Travis Fowler of Truman. Travis and his wife Jeanine have been coordinating the trade show and auction, and did a super job again this year.

The Make It With Wool contest featured 40 contestants. The MIWW fashion show was an incredible display of talent and creativity. Congratulations to our winners, we know you will represent MN well at the national competition. (watch for photos at a later date)

If you weren’t there, you missed out on some great seminars, fun social activities with fellow sheep enthusiasts, and a delicious leg-of-lamb banquet. Join us next year as we move the Shepherd’s Holiday to a soon-to-be-determined northern MN location.

2012 Shepherd’s Holiday

28 Oct
October 28, 2012

Plans for the 2012 Shepherd’s Holiday are now being finalized (please go under the “events” tab for a tentative agenda and registration form). If you need a hotel room, the number is on the registration form (call by Nov. 1 and ask for the MN Lamb & Wool block to get the best rate). The agenda is subject to minor changes and when we have all the topics confirmed, it will be updated. It is a packed agenda as we do our best to fit everything into one day. We think you will enjoy the seminars and the social time with fellow sheep producers. There is still time to nominate someone for the Silver Bell Award. MLWPA also needs new leaders to consider running for a spot on the board.

I’m still waiting patiently for the last two ewes to mark, and searching frantically for affordable hay to get me through the winter. The last non-keeper lamb goes to the locker plant on Tuesday, and other than a couple bred ewes yet to be sold this fall, sheep income on our farm will be pretty scare until the winter lambs are weaned next spring. Hoping that 2013 brings higher lamb prices and reduced feed costs.