2021 Profitability in the Sheep Industry Workshop

2021 Profitability in the Sheep Industry Farm Tours and Workshop July 29-30 in Spencer, IA

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Mark your calendars and join us for an exciting weekend of the “2021 ISIA/NSIP Farm Tour and Educational Workshop” July 29-30 in Spencer, IA.  This event is being co-hosted by the Iowa Sheep Industry Association and the National Sheep Improvement Program and is sponsored by the Iowa Sheep and Wool Promotion Board.  This year’s event is being held in conjunction with the 2021 Center of the Nation NSIP Sheep Sale.

The weekend will kick off on the evening of Thursday, July 29 at 6:00 p.m. with a farm tour of Hurley Farms Polypays in Curlew, IA.  The Hurleys operation is geared towards the commercial sheep producer running an accelerated lambing program with Polypay ewes bred to registered Polypay rams with EBVs through the National Sheep Improvement Program.  They recently constructed a new 68’ x 240’ lambing facility which helps them to serve their primary market of selling commercial replacement ewe lambs as breeding stock.

The farm tours will continue on Friday morning on July 30 at 9:00 a.m. at the commercial sheep operation of Kevin Goeken in Everly, IA.  The Goeken family utilizes several hoop barns in their 900 head intensively managed sheep flock and are members of the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Management Program.

The program will continue Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in the 4H building at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, IA with a workshop titled “The Three Secrets for Increasing Profitability” by Dave Pratt of Ranch Management Consultants.  Dave Pratt is one of the most sought-after speakers on sustainable agriculture and profitable ranching in the world today. He has taught the Ranching for Profit School in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Africa.

Dave grew up on a small ranch and worked for cattle and sheep ranchers in Northern California where he learned ranching from the bottom up. In addition to his practical roots, Dave holds BS and MS degrees from the University of California and Washington State University. A Range and Livestock Advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension Service for 15 years, Dave researched cell grazing and strategic issues impacting the sustainability of ranches.  In 1991 Dave began working with Stan Parsons, the founder of Ranch Management Consultants. He started teaching the Ranching for Profit School in 1992. When Stan retired in 2001, Dave and his wife Kathy, bought RMC. In 2019 after many successful years they sold the company to Dallas Mount.

The culmination of this event will be the 2021 Center of the Nation NSIP Sheep Sale beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The sale will feature approximately 200 head of breeding sheep selected for increased productivity and profitability utilizing Estimated Breeding Values from NSIP.  Consignors from all around the U.S. will be offering maternal, terminal and dual-purpose sheep for your consideration.

This event is free to attend for all interested producers but pre-registration is required.  Click here to register.  After registering, a detailed agenda and driving directions will be sent out.  If you have any questions, please contact Rusty Burgett, ISIA board member and NSIP Executive Director at info@nsip.org or 515-708-8850.

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What Are EBVs?

EBVs are science-based, industry-tested measurements of heritable traits that can be tracked and measured. For those familiar with Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) used in cattle, EBVs are very similar. EPDs denotes the breeding value of an individual animal’s progeny whereas EBVs denote the value of the individual animal. More simply, EBVs equal EPDs times two.