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Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School

It was a Full House for the popular Colorado Leadership School

Competition was stiff for the 2015 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School. Applicants were plentiful and well qualified, making it difficult to narrow the class down to only 27 participants.

This year’s class consisted of 18 males and 9 women. Ages ranged from 22 to 68 years of age, with several individuals representing second, third or fourth generation sheep producers. However, even those with only a few years experience brought a keen interest in learning about the U.S. industry and how to improve their own operation.

Theme for the Colorado school was “ Lamb Feeding and Marketing in the U.S.”, but one other important element was the discussion of family dynamics associated with transitioning a family sheep operation from one generation to the next. This conversation was made even more interesting with the participation of several well-known sheep families, such as the Indarts, Krebs, and Rules.

The opportunity to tour JBS Swift, Mountain States Rosen, Nugget International, Double J Lamb Feeders and Harper Livestock is certainly a big drawing point for the Colorado school. Some applicants have done business with these facilities and for others it is the chance to get an up close visit with the people who are at the center of the U.S. lamb industry that is not to be missed.

NLFA thanks this year’s sponsors, presenters, Legacy Fund donors, and the industry leaders who contributed time, energy and financial support to help make the 2015 Leadership School an inspiring experience. We also thank Ron Cole, our program coordinator, who worked long and hard to jam-pack the program with the best of the best in terms of speaker, tours and discussion forums. But NLFA would also like to thank each of our participants for being part of the school and for carrying the information and ideas they learned back home to share with other producers.

Keep checking back for more information about another exciting school in 2016 to be held in Ohio with Roger High and Dr. Henry Zerby of Ohio State University.


Leadership School 2016

July 10-14, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University

How to Apply (Deadline: 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.


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.