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2014 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School now open for registration

Feb. 24, 2014

Participants 20 years of age or older who are interested in all aspects of sheep production, may now register for the July 13 – 16, 2014 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School to be held in Dixon, California. In addition to increasing participants’ knowledge and understanding of today’s changing livestock and meat producing industry, this year’s school, will focus on the less common by-products that come from lambs.

The program includes an extensive tour of the Superior Farms Dixon processing facility, and discussion on offal production, pelts, and ovine blood collected for research purposes. Dr. Melissa VanLaningham, Director of Food Science at Superior Farms, will serve as School Coordinator.

Limited to 25 students, school participants will tour a nearby rendering facility, a retail grocery market and a pet food packaging facility.

There is no fee to apply; though if accepted, each attendee must submit a registration fee of $200 for meals, lodging and tour-related expenses. Participants are responsible for their own travel. For school agenda and electronic registration form, visit

Major sponsors of the program include the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, American Lamb Board and contributors to NLFA's Legacy Fund. For more information, call the NLFA office at 503.364.5462 or email

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program are offering partial scholarships for young Ohio Sheep Producers, age less than 35 years of age to attend the 2014 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School.  Contact Roger A. High at or 614-246-8299 for a funding application.

Click here for flyer (pdf).