The South Dakota Sheep Growers will host their 79th Annual Convention in Rapid City Sept 30 – Oct. 1 at the Best Western Ramkota.
To register please contact Tammy Basal by email or at 605.985.5205.
Friday, September 30th - Tour Schedule
9:30 am Board Busses - Best Western Ramkota, Rapid City
10:00 am Ellsworth Air Force Base Air and Space Museum, also meet with Base Commanders regarding cooperation with area ranchers when conducting exercises in the Powder River Training Complex
11:30 am SD Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus – Split into 2 groups for 45 minute tours
- Group 1 – tour of facility and presentations by SD GFP Staff
- Group 2 – Adding value to lamb products by Gwen Kitzan, Lamb fabrication demonstration by Mr. Ron Gapp, Sturgis Meat Service
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch/Picnic at SD GFP Campus – New Generation Feeds and CHS
1:15 – 2:00 pm Switch tour groups
2:00 pm Breakout Programs at SD Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor campus.
(30 minutes each, Select 3 of the 4 to attend)
- Sheep handling techniques and Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance (SSQA) – Heidi Carroll –Livestock Stewardship Extension Associate, SDSU Extension
- Lamb Time preparation and Lamb Post Mortem analysis – Dr. Larry Goelz, Pipestone Vet Clinic
- Training and Management of Livestock Guard Dogs – Marvin Dunkster
- Sheep Dog demonstration – Jamie Spring
3:30 pm Return to Best Western Ramkota
4:45 pm Board bus to travel to KOL Restaurant.
5 – 6:30 pm Sheep Growers Sponsored Social with Chef’s challenge –KOL Restaurant – downtown RC
7 pm Bus returns to Best Western Ramkota.
5 – 7 pm Pizza Party Pool Side for kids and families at the Best Western Ramkota
Saturday, October 1st – Convention at Ramkota Convention Center.
7:30 am Registration Open
7:30 am Trade Show Opens
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome & Opening Remarks - SDGA President – Max Matthews
8:45 –9:15 am Sheep Health and Disease update - SD State Veterinarian – Dustin Oedekoven
9:15 – 9:30 am South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Development Center – Cheri Rath, Director
9:30 – 10:00 am ASI – Current Issues & Industry Updates – Burton Pfliger, President ASI, Peter Orwick, Executive Director, ASI
10:00 – 10:30 am American Lamb Board – Highlights of the Industry Roadmap, Gwen Kitzan, member – American Lamb Board
10:30– 10:45 am Break – Winfield Farm & Ranch Solutions
10:45 – 11:05 am SD Game, Fish and Parks – Secretary Kelly Hepler and Keith Fisk, SD GFP Wildlife Damage Program Administrator
11:05 – 11:35 am Mountain State Lamb Cooperative – Brad Anderson – Options to marketing lambs
11:35 – 12:05 pm USDA-SD Dept Ag Market News – Justin Lumpkin, Purpose of the Agricultural Marketing Service, and current trends in sheep inventory and prices.
12:05 – 1:30 pm Luncheon 2015 SD Master Lamb Producer Awards and Highlights
1:30 – 2:25 pm Jack Ewing, Former CEO, Crescent Sock Company
2:25 – 2:55 pm SD Post Weaning Lamb Performance Program – Phase 1 & 2 presentation and updates – Dave Ollila & Jeff Held
2:55 – 3:10 pm Gwen McCausland – SD Agricultural Heritage Museum – “The Unspun Tale”
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break – sponsored by SD Game, Fish & Parks
3:30 – 5:30 pm Annual SDSGA Business Meeting
5:30 – 7:00 pm Social Hour & SDSGA Auction
Fleece to Shawl contest shawls will also be displayed and auctioned – proceeds from the shawl auction will be split with SDSGA & the Fiber Guilds participating
7:00 pm “Make It With Wool” Style Show & Banquet featuring “Fresh American Lamb”
2015 “Trapper of the Year” and Shepherd Award” will be announced in addition to the MIWW state level winners.