South Dakota Sheep Growers’ Association 73rd annual convention set for Sept. 25

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association will host its annual convention on Sept. 25 in Huron.  

The convention, the association's 73rd annual, begins with registration at 8 a.m. at the Crossroad Convention Center, 100 Fourth St. S.W., in Huron. Organizers have set aside a block of rooms with a special rental rate until Sept. 14. Call 800-876-5858 for lodging information and ask for the SDSGA rate. 

The convention and program are free, and tickets for the Master Lamb Producer Recognition luncheon program and evening banquet are available for purchase during registration.

A state contest, "Make It Yourself With Wool," is also taking place during the event. The morning program begins at 9 a.m. and its sessions and speakers include: 

·    Current concepts in pasture management for sheep flocks by SDSU professor Sandy Smart.

·    South Dakota Cooperative Extension Sheep Specialist Jeff Held and SDSU Sheep Unit Manager Rob Zelinsky will share highlights on SDSU Sheep Program research and Extension work.

·    Approaches for featuring fresh American lamb to the U.S. consumer by Megan Wortman of the American Lamb Board.

·    South Dakota animal damage control program initiatives by Emmett Keyser and Keith Fisk of the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Department's Wildlife Division, with Merill Nelson of the USDA's APHIS Wildlife Services.

·    Trends in the lamb trade by Brad Anderson of Iowa Lamb Corp. in Hawarden, Iowa. 

Jeff Held will host the South Dakota Master Lamb Producers' recognition program during the noon lunch period.

At 1:30 p.m., a women's program with activities begins with Dianne Perry of the SDSGA. The afternoon program begins at 1:30 p.m. and includes a presentation on new challenges in parasite control for the sheep industry by SDSU professor Larry Holler. Burton Pfliger, the Region IV American Sheep Industry representative from Bismarck, N.D., will share an update on the sheep industry in the U.S. 

The annual SDSGA business meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. with president Steve Clements. A social hour and auction begins at 5:30 p.m., and a banquet for the convention is set for 7 p.m. A complete agenda for the convention is available at this link:http://sdsheepgrowers.org/2101.html. South Dakota Cooperative Extension Sheep Specialist Jeff Held can answer questions about the convention. Call him at (605) 688-5433.