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Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School

Returning to Ohio State University July 10-14, 2016

Participants 20 years of age or older who are interested in all aspects of sheep production and marketing have until May 1, to register for the July 10-14, 2016 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School to be held at Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio. This intense four-day program will incorporate site tours of exceptional Ohio sheep operations with the Lamb 509 short course taught by Roger High and Dr. Henry Zerby of OSU.

The Lamb 509 program, Marketing Quality and Consistent Lamb in the U.S., is designed to increase understanding of live animal evaluation and grading, isolate factors that influence product quality and market price, identify key elements that create a successful sheep operation, and increase understanding of industry practices that result in improved product quality and consistency.

In addition to the site tours, participants will spend one full day in the Ohio Meat Labs learning about carcass grading, performing hands-on fabrication of carcasses and processing of meat products. See tentative agenda.

Apply by May 1, 2016

Thirty-two participants will be selected this year. Once accepted, a $200 registration fee is required. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the school site, including transportation between the airport and hotel. NLFA  will cover the cost of lodging. Rooms are assigned on a dual occupancy basis. NLFA  will cover the cost of most meals and arrange for transportation to the tour sites. Specific details are provided to participants once they are accepted.

A  couple may apply to attend; however, both must be involved in the sheep business and each must fill out an application.

Complete your application form (pdf) and submit it electronically or download a copy and return by email or fax (503) 585-1921. For question or more information, call the NLFA office at 503.364.5462 or email us at info@nlfa-sheep.org.

Tentative Agenda

July 10–14, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio
on The Ohio State University campus

Plus Lamb 509: Marketing Quality & Consistent Lamb in the United States

Sponsored by National Lamb Feeders Association Under the direction of Roger High and Dr. Henry Zerby of The Ohio State University

Sunday, July 10, 2016 (arrival)
        5:00 pm               Welcome Reception, Dinner & Orientation

Monday, July 11, 2016
        12:00 Noon        Registration
        1:00 pm               Welcome
        1:30 pm               Live Animal Evaluation & Grid Pricing
        4:00 pm               Auction
        4:45 pm               Ultrasound
        5:30 pm               Harvest Demo
        6:45 pm               Dinner
        7:15 pm               Quiz Bowl and Discussion
        8:30 pm               Adjourn

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
        8:00 am               Breakfast
        8:30 am               Groups 1, 2, 3 & 4
                                          Cutting Safety – Lamb Carcass Grading – Fabrication & Cutting Test
        8:30 am               Groups 5, 6, 7 & 8 – Processing
        11:30 am             Lunch
        12:30 pm            Groups 1, 2, 3 & 4 – Processing
        12:30 pm            Groups 5, 6, 7 & 8
                                          Cutting Safety – Lamb Carcass Grading – Fabrication & Cutting Test
        3:30 pm               Break
        4:00 pm               Discussion on the genetic and nutritional impacts of lamb
        5:30 pm               Break
        5:45 pm               Retail Product Quiz
        6:30 pm               Dinner
        7:15 pm               Discussion with panel
        8:30 pm               Adjourn

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
        7:00 am               Breakfast
        7:30 am               Begin Production Tour
                                      Tentative sites: Riverwood Farms, Greg Miller’s commercial operation,
                                      Skyline Farms–Don and Delbert Hawk, Mike Stitzlein Club Lambs,
                                      Mt. Hope Livestock Auction

        11:30 am             Lunch
        12:15 pm             Production tours continue
        7:30 pm               Review results of live animal, carcass and box-lamb values and Awards
        8:00 pm               Adjourn

Thursday, July 14, 2016 (departure)
Participants may depart early in the morning, if necessary, as we will have all programming completed!


The Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School is made possible with major support from our sponsors.

Major Sponsors
National Sheep Industry
   Improvement Center
American Lamb Board
American Sheep Industry Association

Legacy Fund donors
Bowman Wool & Livestock
Mountain States Lamb & Wool Co-Op
Rocky Mountain Sheep Marketing
SRC Milling Company LLC
Carolyn Gerdes, Tier Haus Farms
Don Gnos, Footrot Flats
Don Godby, Godby Sheep Company
Harold Harper, Harper Feedlot LLC
Mike Harper, Mike Harper Livestock
Jeff & Jay Hasbrouck,
   Double J Lamb Feeders
Ryan Indart, The Indart Group, Inc.
Don Meike, Sussex Ranch LLC
Stan Potratz, Premier Sheep Supplies
Steve Schreier, Schreier Farms
Milt Ward, C.D. Ranches
Tom & Karin Watson, Silverdale Farms
Ernest Woodward,
   Ernest Woodward Ranches
Phillip W. Cohn
Rufus C. De Zeeuw
Kenneth Johnson
Duane Klindworth
Jim Mansfield
Kathy Meyer
Tom Nichols
Carol Postley


In 1950, Howard Wyman helped organize the National Lamb Feeders Association. He served as president, secretary-treasurer, and in 1986, he began what has become the annual Sheep Industry Leadership School. In 1996, the NLFA Board honored his contribution by renaming the school the Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School.