Montana Next Generation Wool Growers to be Well-Represented at the LAMB 300 in Laramie, WY

Montana Next Generation Wool Growers to be Well-Represented at the LAMB 300 in Laramie, WY

By Whit Stewart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor/MSU Extension Sheep Specialist

A generous Targhee yearling ewe donation from Hughes Newford Co. raised $1,200 from buyers Randy Tunby, McRae Brothers Targhee, Thomas Blaine and Timber Coulee Columbias. As a result of this combined generosity, five Montana youth will be able to travel to the Lamb 300 short course in Laramie, Wyoming November 3-5, 2016. Additional sponsorship from MSU Extension and MSU Extension Sheep Program are making the travel and registration possible. Applicants for the scholarship submitted a written explanation regarding their desire to attend and how taking part in this course would further their goals in the sheep industry.

The five scholarship winners include:
Gary Todd, Big Timber MT
Leah Johnson, Highwood MT
Eric Barthelmess, Malta MT
Ben Roeder, Fort Shaw MT
Kendall Green, Cohagen MT

Additional Montana attendees include:
Sarah Spear, MSU Student, Buffalo MT
Weston Helle, MSU Student, Dillon MT
Chad Page, MSU Graduate Student, Page, AZ
Marko Manoukian, Phillips County Extension Agent
Ben Hauptman, Blaine County Extension Agent
Dr. Tom Murphy, MSU Assistant Professor Sheep Production
Dr. Whit Stewart, MSU Assistant Professor/Extension Sheep Specialist

Attendees will leave for Laramie, Wyoming at noon on November 1. They will tour the Superior Farms Plant in Denver, Colorado and the Mountain States Rose Plant in Greeley, Colorado on November 2. The program returns to Laramie November 3-5 for the remainder of the short course. The program includes but is not limited to:

November 3: Live Lamb Evaluation, Ultrasound Principle and Uses, Lamb Pricing, Carcass Cutout Pricing, Fat Lamb Auction Exercise, Sheep Industry Economics, Lamb Harvesting, Determining Eating Quality Attributes/Food Pairings

November 4: Lamb Grading and Fabrication, Nutrition for Growing Lambs, Wool Marketing and Management, Quiz Bowl

November 5: Farm to Food Safety, Electronic Grading, Tools to Measure Quality/Palatability, Sensory Evaluation, Carcass and Retail Value, Awards

The Lamb 300 program is an excellent complement to the MWGA-MSU Sheep Program Next Generation Wool Grower initiative launched in December 2015 through funding from the American Sheep Industry Association’s Lets Grow program. Building the next generation in the sheep business will come from targeted education, networking across the industry, and building relationships amongst young producers. Making these opportunities available to young producers requires funding creativity but can be accomplished through the strong partnership between Montana sheep producers, MWGA and MSU. We look forward to reporting the outcome of this program and using Lamb 300 as a template for future sheep programs throughout Montana.

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