A select group will have the opportunity to study sheep July 8-11 in Pennsylvania via the 2012 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School.
This annual event is limited to just 26 people. Accepted attendees pay their own travel costs plus $200. During the school, the National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) covers the cost of meals, lodging and tour-related expenses.
The program has been offered in a handful of states. In past years, participants have traveled to farms and ranches, feedlots and harvesting facilities in Colorado, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas and California.
"All of the coordinators for all of the schools have just done a great job," said Milt Ward, NLFA president. "It's been such a learning experience for me to attend these schools that I really encourage young producers, old producers or anyone who is interested to apply."
The 2012 Leadership School will experience production, marketing, sales, processing and end use for the Eastern U.S. lamb industry.
Using Philadelphia as home base, attendees will visit New Holland Sales Stables, a large livestock market with a non-traditional ethnic trade. They will also visit Marcho Farms--a fabricating and harvesting facility for American lamb and veal, Valley Shepherd Creamery--a sheep dairy with 600 East Fresian sheep and Catelli Brothers--a large lamb and veal company and ethnic custom harvesting facilities.
To apply, visit the NLFA website at www.nlfa-sheep.org. Complete the online application or download a copy of the form. Applicants must be 20 years or older. The deadline to apply is April 16.
Reprinted from Minnesota Farm Guide