Archive for category: MLWP News

Join us for the 2015 Shepherd’s Holiday

04 Oct
October 4, 2015
We have a great line-up of speakers and topics for experienced and beginning producers as well as fiber enthusiasts (refer to the draft agenda). Be sure to attend Friday evening’s Celebrate Lamb Social where Chef Virgil Emmert will demo 3 lamb dishes while we all enjoy sheep cheese samples and local wines. Check out the Make it With Wool fashion show, visit the trade show, and enjoy the banquet and auction. Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with sheep enthusiasts from across Minnesota.

 

Make it With Wool!

10 Sep
September 10, 2015

With the change in the weather and the start of school, it has us thinking about the need to look at the fall and winter wardrobe. With that comes to mind the upcoming Make It With Wool contest. The contest is a great place to show case articles made from wool. There are beautiful garments, quilts and novelty items that are entered. The contest is open to all ages. If you are interested in participating please go to the Make It With Wool page for more information!

Managing Livestock Loss to Predators Workshop

11 Aug
August 11, 2015

Predator–Livestock Conflict Management Workshop: Using Non-lethal Methods Effectively

Learn about

• Practical uses of many non-lethal methods to prevent or reduce depredation losses
• Animal husbandry methods that can protect livestock
• Minnesota’s depredation compensation programs

This workshop will provide information and demonstrations on the science and practical use of non-lethal methods to protect livestock from predators.

Contact Info: 218-327-3350 or John.P.Hart@aphis.usda.gov

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.