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Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School

Lamb Feeding and Marketing in the U.S.

June 21-24, 2015 in Colorado.

Join us in Denver, Colorado this year for “Lamb Feeding & Marketing in the US.” Participants will hear presentations on various methods of marketing lambs, direct, electronic, ethnic differences, auctions and value based marketing and enjoy tours of the JBS Swift processing plant, Nugget pelt grading facility, Harper Feedlot, Double J Lamb Feeders and Mountain States Rosen. Other topics will include alternative grazing options, financial planning for livestock operations, and accessing USDA Market information. With Ron Cole and his extensive background in all phases of livestock, grain and meat reporting as the program coordinator, the 2015 school offers an exceptional opportunity to gain a new perspective on lamb marketing options, in addition to the usual opportunities for networking with a wide variety of producers from all parts of the country.


Sunday June 21
        6:00 pm               Reception and Dinner for Students and NLFA Board (Casual Dress)
                                      Introduction of students, NLFA Welcome, Project Groups/NLFA Leaders

Monday June 22
        8:00 am               Lamb Marketing Options – Ron Cole, Consultant
        9:00 am               Equity Livestock Services – Dave Johnson
      10:00 am               Break
      10:15 am               NLPA – Financial Opportunities for Sheep Producers
      11:30 am               Lunch in Hotel – Continue Group Discussions
      12:30 pm               Accessing USDA Market information
        1:15 pm               Financial Planning for Livestock Operations
        2:00 pm               Break
        2:15 pm               Current Sheep Industry Issues and Challenges
        3:00 pm               Alternative grazing options for sheep/feeding producers
        4:00 pm               Break
        4:15 pm               American Lamb Board – Industry Roadmap Report
        5:00 pm               Dinner on your own – Group project work

Tuesday June 23
        7:00 am              Board Bus
  8:15-10 am              JJ Feedlot and Mt. States Lamb Feeding – Jeff Hasbrouck & Brad Anderson
10-11:30 am              Harper Livestock Lamb and Cattle Feeding
  11:30-noon              Lunch
   12 n - 2 pm             ½ Group to JBS Swift Plant – Mt. States Rosen Processing – Kevin Quam
                                     ½ Group to Nugget Lamb Pelt Facility – Mike Wheeler
     4:00-5 pm             US Club Lamb Industry
     5:30-7 pm             Lamb Bar – Be – Que at Ault VFW – Drinks on your own
        7:00 pm              Depart for Hotel

Wednesday June 24
8:00 -11:30 am         Open Discussion: Questions & Answers with Lamb Marketing Panel:
                                    NLFA – Steve Schreier, Ryan Indart, other board members
                                    Superior Farms – Mark Dumdi, Buyer
                                    Butch Theos – Whole Foods supplier and Colorado Sheep Producer
                                    Reed Anderson – Anderson Ranches Lamb and Oregon Sheep Producer
                                    NLFA presentations of certificates by board and wrap up
12:00 n                      Depart for home

How to Apply (Deadline: April 1, 2015)

Twenty-four 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 the American Lamb Board, National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, American Sheep Industry Association and our Legacy Fund donors...

Carolyn Gerdes, Tier Haus Farms
Rocky Mountain Sheep
   Marketing Association
Bowman Wool & Livestock
Philip W. Cohn
H. Kenneth Johnson
Milt Ward, C.D. Ranches
Jim Mansfield, Four Hills Farm
Harold Harper, Harper Feedlot
Tom Nichols, Nichols Livestock
Steve Schreier, Schreier Farms
Kathy Meyer
Don Godby, Godby Sheep Co.
Ernest Woodward Ranches
Carol Postley, Fairmeadow Farm
Duane Klindworth, Lambalot Acres
Ryan Indart, Indart Ranches
Tom & Karin Watson, Silverdale Farms
Jay Hasbrouck, Double J Lamb Feeders
Rufus C. DeZeeuw
Stan Boyd, Boyd Livestock Services
Don Meike, Sussex Ranch
Mike Harper Livestock
Cindy Harrold
Mike Corn,Roswell Wool LLC
Alice Newth
Margaret Waite
SRC Milling Co., LLC, Mike Kohler &
   Les Oesterreich
Dan Lippert
Randy Tunby
Mark Dumdi
Milt Heins Wool & Livestock
Triple J Ranch, Jason Jamison


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.