Archive for category: Sheep Industry News

Direct Marketing of Lamb

16 Dec
December 16, 2013

47874ce1-44ec-49c8-b08a-84027a55777cDo you Direct Market your Lamb?  The American Lamb Industry is attempting to take a closer look at the direct marketing of lamb across the United States.  In an effort to better understand the current trends and assess the needs of this type of marketing, we ask those engaged in direct sales of lamb to complete the following survey.  By combining the survey results, interviews and other research; we hope to formulate materials to assist you in your direct marketing pursuits.

Please click here to complete the survey before January 6, 2014.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this information to fellow shepherds.  If you would prefer; we would be happy to send you a hard copy of the survey.   Please call 717-485-0532 to request a hard copy.  Also, provide us with your contact information upon completion of the survey and be entered to win one of three prizes!

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences and needs for the betterment of the Industry.

Grazing and Soil Health Videoconference

06 Nov
November 6, 2013

GLCA Videoconference LOGO NO SFAThe MN Grazing Lands Conservation Association (GLCA) is hosting the third annual Grazing and Soil Health Videoconference on Thursday December 5, 2013.

Here is the link to register for the videoconference.

There are 9 locations throughout the state where you can participate in the videoconference. The opening addresses this year will be by Don Baloun, NRCS State Conservationist, and Dave Schad, DNR Deputy Commissioner.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Kristine Nichols, USDA-ARS in Mandan, ND. Dr. Nichols will discuss the importance of soil biota in farming systems and why grasslands and cover crops are so vital to the biota and for profitable farms.

Representatives from the DNR will discuss opportunities for grazing on public and private conservation lands. The always popular farmer panel will discuss many ways they utilize pastures and cover crops in their livestock and cropping systems.

If you have questions contact:
Wayne Monsen, Executive Director
MN Grazing Lands Conservation Association

2013 AgStar Purple Ribbon Contest

03 Jul
July 3, 2013

Once again, AgStar is sponsoring a “Purple Ribbon Video Contest” for 4H, FFA and Open Class livestock showmen in our service area. This contest is open to livestock showmen in our service area, ages 14-21, showing us how they get their animals ready for the MN State Fair and sharing what Ag means to them and the world.  There are three age groups and one person from each age group will win a $500 scholarship!

They have a short YouTube video talking about the contest, which you can view and share by clicking this link:

To enter, submit your story on, then get friends and family to vote for your video by  “liking” your submission.

Three Age Groups:

  • 14-15
  • 16-18
  • 19-21

Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes. Videos must be submitted by August 11, 2013. For complete contest rules go to:

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)