NLFA Leadership School Meets in California
April 18, 2014

The National Lamb Feeders Association's (NLFA) 28th Annual Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School will be held in Dixon, Calif., 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.

Melissa VanLaningham, Ph.D., director of food science at Superior Farms, will serve as the school coordinator. The program, Lamb by-Products - Discovering the 5th Primal, will include an extensive tour of the Superior Farms processing facility, 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.

Those interested in attending should submit an application by May 1. A total of 26 individuals will be selected. Participants must be 20 years of age or older. 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.

Go online to complete your application at