October 10, 2008
October 10, 2008 - San Diego, Calif., in January?You can make this a reality by attending the 2009 American Sheep Industry Association annual convention being held on Jan. 21-24. Plans are underway to make this another activity filled event.
A full-day industry tour to the Imperial Valley is being planned for Wednesday, Jan. 21. You can see nearly 175,000 lambs grazing in the valley during the winter months. The area is also known for growing produce and citrus. Electricity producing geothermal plants are popping up, providing another diverse commodity that is produced in the valley. Other half-day tours in the San Diego area are also being arranged.
A half-day research symposium is scheduled to recognize active sheep research programs from across the United States. The symposium gives producers an opportunity to learn about current research from the researchers themselves. Topics that may be covered include genetics, nutrition, physiology, pasture/range management, meat science, production and management, animal health/disease and wool.
As many have requested in the past, the council and committee meetings have been divided into two half-day sessions rather than having all the meetings taking place at the same time. This opens up the schedule and will allow for participation at more than one council meeting.
The Mission Valley Marriott will be the headquarters for the 2009 convention. Rooms can be reserved by calling 619-692-3800.