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Silver Bell Award Presented at Shepherd’s Holiday

20 Dec
December 20, 2016

Jo Bernard received the Silver Bell Award. Jo has devoted many years and countless hours supporting the youth sheep project, both at local and national level.  Jo also serves as the MN State Fair sheep superintendent and assists with many major sheep shows and sales.  Jo and her husband Mark raise Cheviots near New Richland.


Celebrate Lamb Social -2016 Shepherd’s Holiday

20 Dec
December 20, 2016


Another wonderful Lamb Social with 3 Lamb samplings by chef Virgil Emmert, sheep cheese samples, and local wines.



22 Nov
November 22, 2016
Lamb Cooking Demonstrations and wine tasting...

Lamb Cooking Demonstrations and wine tasting…


Don’t Miss the Shepherd’s Holiday!

Enjoy lamb cooking demos from Chef Virgil Emmert, wine tasting (from Sovereign Estates), and sheep cheese samples (from Shepherd’s Way Farm) at the Celebrate Lamb Social, Friday, Dec. 2 at the Oak Ridge Conference Center.

Saturday, Dec. 3 includes a full day of educational seminars (and updated agenda found on this site), the Make It With Wool contest and fashion show, Silver Bell Awards luncheon, and annual banquet and fundraiser auction.

Reserve your room by calling 877-874-6772. For more information contact MLWPA Secretary, Jeremy Geske at

Refer to index bar at right on this page under SHEPHERD’s HOLIDAY to reveiw a complete conference agenda.



Fall Management Considerations

17 Oct
October 17, 2016
  • Lambing in January?
    • Time to pull the rams out?
    • Time to give the ewes their mid-gestation booster shot?
  • Lambing in Spring?
    • How are the rams looking?
    • Have they been sheared and are the feet trimmed?
    • Are they in good condition or should you up their feed quantity or quality a little before you put them to work?
  • Hay tends to lose its vitamins after a few months.  Adding a vitamin mix to your ewe ration this time of year can have good results.
  • Feeds you might not think of feeding your sheep but that they’ll probably love
    • Windfall apples – many days in the fall our ewes get 10-12 apples each
    • Waste pumpkins and squash.  Throw the ones you can’t use in the sheep pen so they break up.  Pretty soon the sheep will be breaking them up.


Summer is in full swing

30 Jun
June 30, 2016

First crop hay is under our belt and many are already starting the second cut thanks to the rains some have received. Lambs are being marketed and most ewe flocks are on pasture resting up before the rams are turned in. The show season is well under way and the kids are working on their 4-H sheep projects.  Be sure to offer a helping hand to these young shepherds not only showing their sheep, but educating them on the care, feeding and healthcare of their projects. Let’s help our future shepherds get started on the right foot!