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Apply now for 2009 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School in Colorado

The annual Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School, sponsored by the National Lamb Feeders Association will be held in Greeley, Colo., June 28 to July 1. Applications for the 2009 school must be submitted by May 1.

The 2009 Leadership School program will be under the direction of Ron Cole, formerly with USDA's Livestock and Grain Market News and now an industry consultant. "The 2009 program will focus on the sheep feeding industry in Colorado, which is the most concentrated lamb feeding area in the United States," said Cole. "Tour sites will include several lamb feedlot management systems, slaughter and processing facilities, an ethanol production plant with corn by-products utilized in the sheep industry, plus the Colorado State University livestock facilities."

The Leadership School program would benefit anyone involved with a sheep-related business, whether as a producer, feeder, or a processor of sheep products. The primary objective is to give participants an in-depth look at how the industry functions and a better understanding of what kind of opportunities exist for improving their own operation and moving it forward into the future.

Speakers for 2009 will include industry leaders and resource personnel from direct marketing to international marketing of both lamb and wool. In addition, each participant will have the opportunity to work through a computer generated risk management plan on an individual and group basis.

Interested sheep men and women with any level of experience may apply by completing a brief application and submitting a short essay explaining their background in the sheep industry and what they would like to learn. The selection committee will review the essays and select a class of 25 participants, ages 20 or older to attend. Special attention is given to those individuals with long-range plans for remaining in the sheep industry.

Applications must be received by May 1 and no fee is required until after the applicant is selected. Applicants will be notified by mid-May and asked to submit a $200 registration fee to secure their placement. NLFA covers the other program costs, including food, lodging and tour-related expenses. Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Greeley, Colo.

To request an application, contact the NLFA office 503-364-5462 or info@nlfa-sheep.org or visit the website: www.nlfa-sheep.org.

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