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SDSU Extension launches sheepSD

South Dakota sheep producers may now sign up for a 3-year course model called sheepSD. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2012.  The course is modeled after SDSU Extension’s Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program called beefSD. It has adoped the American Sheep Industry Association Goals to grow the industry to a point of economic sustainability for all levels of the sheep industry.

sheepSD is designed to :

  • Help potential and beginning sheep ranchers enter and expand into the sheep industry.
  • Provide mentorship for beginning sheep ranchers from successful, established sheep ranchers.
  • Develop production and management skills for producer efficiency, profitability & sustainability.
  • Establish perpetual learning communities of sheep producers that will continue to seek knowledge and skills toward becoming progressive and prosperous ranchers.
  • Gain perspective of the global sheep industry and participate in marketing of industry products.

After applying, producers will be selected based on their applications and an interview process which will begin in June and wrap up August 2012. South Dakota Sheep Grower’s Association members and SDSU personnel will participate in the interview and selection process.

An initial orientation meeting will occur the end of August followed by the official announcement of participants at the South Dakota Sheep Grower’s Convention on September 29 at the Golden Hills Resort in Lead, S.D.

To request an application, contact or Dave Ollila, SDSU Extension Sheep Field Specialist (605) 394-1722, or Jeff Held, SDSU State Sheep Specialist (605) 690-7033.

Source: SDSU Extension

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