March 15, 2004
Mar/Apr 2004 --
A Warm Welcome
Paul Lewis, president of the California Wool Growers Association (CWGA), welcomed 2004 convention attendees to the second annual joint meeting of the American Sheep Industry Association and National Lamb Feeders Association.
CWGA staff and volunteers logged many hours preparing for the annual event - particularly the well-attended and well-liked half- and full-day tours, a fact which didn't go unnoticed by association staff and convention attendees.
"The success of our convention is due in part to the hard work by the California Wool Growers Association volunteers and staff, and we thank them for the many hours they devoted to making this meeting possible," said ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick.
ASI Women: A Way with Wool
American Sheep Industry Women President Doris Haby introduced Adrianne Gammie, the 2004 National Make It Yourself With Wool Fashion/Apparel Design Award winner, and Katrina Humphrey, the 2004 National Make It Yourself With Wool Adult Winner.
The two winners spoke during the ASI Women's Report portion of the ASI board of directors annual meeting.
Gammie is a third-year, fashion-design major at the University of Cincinnati. After learning to sew at a young age, Gammie developed her talents and passion through 4-H and Make It Yourself With Wool.
Humphrey is an active 4-H volunteer, and specializes in clothing, textiles and livestock projects. She is currently a trustee on the Washington State 4-H Fair Board.
Laughter ? the Best Medicine
As it turns out, laughter is pretty good medicine, just as the title of Dr. Al Snyder's luncheon presentation suggested. Snyder, a veterinarian who grew up in Ten Sleep, Wyo., population 321, is a professional hypnotist who had sheep industry observers in stitches as he called members from the audience to join his performance. Those left on-stage after the final cut danced, sang, signed autographs and retrieved top-secret faxes, amongst other things. Snyder has a degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University, but has traveled across the United States for the last 10 years, performing before more than a quarter million people in 35 states.
More than 100 U.S. sheep industry members loaded onto buses to take part in a day-long industry tour during this year's American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) / National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) Annual Convention in Sacramento.
First stop: Superior Farms Packing Co., where participants toured the state-of-the-art lamb-processing facility in small groups.
Next stop: Hamilton Ranch, where tour attendees received a brief history of the Hamilton operation and an explanation regarding the genetic background of the family's sheep flock.
To top off the day: A silent auction and tasty lamb dinner.
Twenty-three people participated in the half-day tour at the 2004 American Sheep Industry/National Lamb Feeders Association by touring nearby wine country - and sampling some of the area's delicious wine. They later joined full-day tour participants for an American lamb dinner.