August 13, 2004
August 13, 2004 -- Twenty-four students from 12 states met with local, regional and national sheep industry leaders at the 19th Annual Howard Wyman Sheep Leadership School held July 11-14, in San Angelo, Texas. This year's school was directed by Dr. Frank Craddock, sheep and goat specialist from Texas A&M-San Angelo.
The intensive three-and-one-half-day school shows students every aspect of the sheep industry so they can better see how their specific operation fits into the total picture. Participants representing both large and small flocks from Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Washington were exposed to new possibilities.
The school, sponsored by the National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) with assistance from the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC), took students on tours of Comanche Spring Exotic Working Game Ranch, Kallie-Harie Red Boer Goats, Fred Chandler Ranch's club lamb operation, Ranchers' Lamb of Texas, Producers Livestock Auction, Bollman Industries, Custom Skin Co. and Ladex.
American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) executive board member, Glen Fisher, spoke with attendees about the essential relationship between the state affiliates and the national trade association. He described some of the initiatives launched at the national level, which include the development of a risk management product for the industry, border assessments to expand exports, continuation of the scrapie eradication program, renewal of Mandatory Price Reporting and the advancement of the Minor Use/Minor Species legislation.