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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

Membership Benefits

13 Jun
June 13, 2013

The 2013 membership directories have been distributed (if you don’t have yours yet, it should arrive soon). Take some time to thank those that advertise in the directory; those ads make it possible to create such a nice publication.

logoOne of the big supporters of MLWPA is Sydell. As an MLWPA member, you are entitled to a discount on Sydell equipment, and Sydell gives back 3% in contributions to MLWPA. Sydell will be at the MN State Fair for a Goat show from July 6 – 11, so if you need some good blue equipment, place your order and plan to pick it up at the state fairgrounds so you can save shipping costs. Contact Kyle (800-842-1369) for details. Be sure to check out their website,

Thanks to George Warrant for hosting the Spring workshop. It was a great learning opportunity for all who attended.

Take care and stay dry!

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)