May 14, 2004
MAY 10, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: National Lamb Feeders Association office (503) 370-7024
Agenda Set for July 2004 San Angelo Sheep Industry Leadership School
Tours to Ranchers' Lamb of Texas, Producers Livestock Auction, Wool and Mohair Research Laboratory and Texas A&M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center are featured at the 2004 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School set for July 11?14, 2004, in San Angelo Texas.
Attendees will spend three days immersed in an intensive program of lectures, facility tours, farm visits, group discussion and problem-solving sessions designed to help each student develop and improve their own productivity and profitability within the domestic lamb industry. This year?s school is directed by of Dr. Frank Craddock, Texas A&M University Extension sheep & goat specialist.
"Since in most of the country we are experiencing a hard time finding shearers and good labor, I?m including some sessions on hair sheep and what they can do," Craddock said. "Hair sheep don?t need to be sheared, they are very hardy and are somewhat parasite resistant, and they could be raised in many tropical areas in the United States. In addition to the tours and workshops, representatives from the sheep industry organizations will be on hand to talk about their performance testing, genetics, breeding programs, predator management, scrapie, ID management and marketing programs."
The school, in its 19th year, is based on the value of understanding how each sheep operation, large or small, fits into the industry as a whole. There is no cost to apply, however, once accepted there is a registration fee of $100, which includes all meals, lodging, tour-related expenses and supplies. Attendance is limited to 25 students who must be 20 years of age or older.
Applications are available from the National Lamb Feeders Administrative Office at 1270 Chemeketa St., NE, Salem, OR 97301-4145 or online www.nlfa-sheep.org. Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2004.
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