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: http://youtu.be/JWpNpe7LS24

To enter, submit your story on http://facebook.wizehive.com/contests/agstar, then get friends and family to vote for your video by  “liking” your submission.

Rules
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: AgStar.com/PurpleRibbonRules

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, www.sydell.com.

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

Take care and stay dry!

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 www.pipestonesheep.com 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)

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!