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.
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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.
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!
Even though it doesn’t feel like Spring, March is here! MLWPA is pleased to announce that Holly Neaton and family will be hosting the Spring Sheep Workshop on March 22 at their farm near Watertown. The program will include topics on health and management. Please refer to our Spring Workshop Page or the brochure for more details.
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.