2017 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School

The National Lamb Feeders Association has chosen the Mid Willamette Valley of Oregon for the 2017 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School. Based in Albany, Oregon (known as the grass seed capital of the world) and held in March during the areas peak production time, the school will provide sheep producers from across the country an in depth look at the unique grass fed sheep operations and marketing systems as developed and practiced in the Pacific Northwest. The Oregon Leadership School team is made up of a wide age range of small and large producers engaged in a variety of operations.

Project Objectives

1. Improve understanding of forage based sheep production

2. Provide details about year-round lambing program

3. Showcase both large and small sheep operations

4. Learn methods of year-round pasture rotation

5. Present marketing techniques for producers to sell their own grass-fed lamb

6. Learn from and increase networking among industry members

Upon arrival, students will gather in the hotelís event room, which has been set up trade-show style with producer related information and industry representation that will be working with the school. The program will include participant introductions and an informal dinner. The following two days (all within a 70-mile radius of the hotel) will be visits to a startup sheep dairy, a full service fiber mill and yarn shop, a three-year old state of the arts harvest facility, a vineyard grazing operation, a premier Hampshire breeding operation, a grass seed warehouse and a variety of both large and small sheep growing, shearing and sheep equipment operations.