Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sheep Industry Leadership School

The National Lamb Feeders Association, with the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, American Lamb Board and American Sheep Industry Association is proud to sponsor the 28th annual Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership in Dixon, CA, July 13–16, 2014.

Wyman, who started the school in 1986, did so to give new sheep growers an opportunity to learn first hand what happens to their animals after they leave the farm. Because everything within today’s industry is changing so rapidly, the school continues to play an important role.

Dr. Melissa VanLaningham, Director of Food Science at Superior Farms, will serve as this year’s school coordinator. The program, titled: Lamb by-Products – Discovering the 5th Primal – will include an extensive tour of the Superior Farms Dixon processing facility, plus discussions on offal production, pelts, and ovine blood collected for research purposes. Participants will also tour a nearby rendering facility, a retail grocery market, and a pet food packaging facility.

Applicants for the 2014 Leadership School should submit an application by first of May. Once accepted, a registration fee of $200 is required; however there is no fee to apply. During the school, meals, lodging, and tour expenses are covered by program sponsors. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from California.

Applications may be completed online and returned by fax or mail. Details are available on the NLFA web site: http://www.nlfa-sheep.org/leadership.html.

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