Archive for category: MLWP News

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!

We’re Back!

03 Apr
April 3, 2013

Due to an issue with our web hosting services, we’ve been missing in action for a couple of weeks. However, we are pleased to say all issues have been resolved and we are back online! We apologize for any inconvenience. Events for this year will be added on the Events page soon, so please be on the look-out for updates.

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 KensingtonĀ 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.

Holiday Season Fast Approaching

12 Nov
November 12, 2012

The Holiday Season is here. Our family really enjoyed Halloween. Two of my favorite quotes from my Daughter: “I’m not cute, I’m scary!” and “We should get paid if we make people pee their pants.” And the sheep enjoyed feasting on leftover pumpkins.

Thanksgiving will be here soon. Nothing against Turkey or ham, but a smoked leg-of-lamb would make a fine thanksgiving feast. That reminds me, I need to pick up my lamb from the locker plant (thank you Odenthal Meats!).

The Shepherd’s Holiday is set for December 1 in Mankato. Register by Nov. 17 to take advantage of the early registration discount. An updated agenda has been posted. It will be updated one final time in the next few weeks. Looking forward to seeing many of our sheep friends in attendance.

Deer hunting is a holiday for many. Sadly, I am not participating this year. I am excited about MN’s wolf hunting season though. Here’s an update on that: As of November 9, over 80 wolves have been harvested during the hunt. The harvest quota for the early season has been set at 200, with an additional 200 for the late hunting and trapping seasons. The season has been closed in the east central zone with 8 wolves harvested, but the northeast and northwest zones are still open. The season ends on November 18 in series 100 deer permit areas, and November 11 in series 200 deer permit areas.

Before you know it, Christmas will be here. I’m looking forward to the family celebrations, and the expectation of the first lambs of 2013 due to arrive on January 1. If Sydell equipment or a pair of wool slippers are on your Christmas list, you can pick them up at the Shepherd’s Holiday Trade show!

Happy Holidays

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Wolf Hunting and Trapping Seasons Comments Needed

06 Jun
June 6, 2012
Legislation was signed into law establishing a wolf hunting and trapping season in Minnesota this year. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on the details for these seasons. To learn more about the details and to take the survey visit It is important for farmers to weigh in on this survey.

Let your sheep and cattle producing friends – especially those in the wolf management zones – know about this survey.