Shepherd's Shuffle 5K & Fun Run ~ SDSU Research Park

     6:00 Registration & final packet pickup 

     7:00 am - Race start!
Join us early Saturday morning for the second Shepherd's Shuffle! Enter the 5K Run, 1 mile Fun Run/Walk or be a "Ghost Runner" ~ free “Farm to Feet” wool running socks for the first 100 registered.  Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD project. Easy registration on-line at  Late registration & packet pickup will be available at the Friday evening social and early Saturday am.

SD State Finals
The SD state finals for the “Make It With Wool” contest will be held on Saturday during the SDSGA convention ~ off-site again this year at the Mission Coffeehouse at First Lutheran Church in Brookings.  

We are excited to offer an afternoon workshop with the Brookings FiberWorks Guild ~ "Needle Felting with Wool".  Participants will learn special techniques for flat needle felting. Everyone will go home with a needle felting kit and lots of door prizes will be given away.  The workshop is limited to 30 people, so pre-registration is encouraged.  All ages are welcome, but youth under 10 should have an adult along.

MIWW judging will be held during the morning, lunch & workshop in the afternoon, and MIWW winners & prizes announced at the evening banquet.  See the MIWW page for a complete schedule, contest details and entry forms, and special contest categories.

SDSGA Convention Schedule

8:00 am ~ Registration ~  Days Inn Convention Center Lobby

9:00 ~ 3:30 ~ Trade Show ~ Convention Breezeway

9:00-9:20 ~ Welcome & Opening Remarks

     Rufus DeZeeuw, SDSGA President

      Mary Kidwiler, Deputy Mayor, Brookings

      Dr. Joe Cassady, Department Head, Animal & Range Sciences, SDSU

9:20-9:45 ~ SDSU Sheep Research & Extension Programs

     Dr. Jeff Held, Professor & Extension Sheep Specialist, SDSU &

      Dave Ollila, Extension Field Specialist, SDSU

9:45-10:15 ~ ALB- Current Issues & New Promotions

      Jim Percival, Chairman, American Lamb Board 

10:15-10:45 ~ Break

10:45-11:30   Industry Marketing Trends

      Steve DeGroot, Sheep Manager, Sioux Falls Regional Livestock

      Mike Caskey, Pine Lawn Farms

​11:30-11:50 ~ SDSU Study Abroad - Australia

     Callie Kukuchka, SDSU Animal Science Student

12:00-1:30 ~ SD Master Lamb Producer Luncheon

     Dr. Jeff Held will present the 2018 Master Lamb Producer Awards and

      highlight the winning operations during the noon luncheon.

1:30-2:15 ~ Industry Prices - Past, Present & Future

      Christopher Dias, USDA-Agricultural Marketing Service

2:15-3:00 ~ Bringing It All Together ~ Looking Forward

      Peter Orwick, Executive Director, American Sheep Industry

3:00-3:15 ~ Break

3:15-4:45 ~ Annual SDSGA Business Meeting

      All SD SheepGrowers members are encouraged to attend and take part in the annual business meeting of the Associaiton.  New directors will be elected for Districts 6,8 & 9, as well as one at-large director and promotion chairperson.  Issues in the SD sheep & wool industry will be discussed, and educational & promotional activities reviewed.  Any prospective resolutions must be type written & turned in to the Resolution Committee by noon on Saturday in order to be discussed at the business meeting.

5:00-7:00 ~ Social Hour & SDSGA Auction

​7:00-9:00 ~ MIWW & SDSGA Awards Banquet

  Contact Information

   The Days Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Brookings, SD will be the main 

   location for the 2018 SDSGA Annual Convention.  The hotel is located at 2500 6th Street -- on the east side of Brookings right off I-29 at exit 132.

           Days Inn - 692-9471 ~ 50 rooms/$99.00 - until 9/8/18

   Be sure to call the motel directly to get the convention rate.  Ask for the

   SDSGA block when reserving your room.
   There are many other motels very close to the convention site, with

   variable rates too ~ reserve early for best choices.

Registration ~ 7:30 ~ 8:30 am ~ SDSU Animal Science Arena
Coffee & goodies will be available in the morning in the Arena. 

​*We will have an on-going trade show on Friday and Saturday, with lots of opportunities for producers to network with others and meet with industry leaders from the region.

Friday morning Workshops - 8:45 am ~ 11:45 am

Choose from 4 different "in-depth" workshops geared to help your operation become more successful.  Each participant may only choose ONE workshop to attend, and space is limited ~ so sign up early!

     Using Websites & Social Media for Marketing & Promotion   

Abbie Cribbs will host a "hands-on" workshop in the Animal Science Conference Room on using your personal website to add value to your operation through marketing, ag-vocating and promotion.  Participants will be given a list of digital information to bring to the workshop so they can work directly on their own websites if desired.  This session is limited to 25 people and need to bring a laptop computer.

     Niche Marketing Lamb & Wool Products to Add Value to your Operation

Gwen McCausland will facilitate this workshop featuring three area producers who are utilizing different methods to niche market their specialty lamb and wool items.  Kristianna Siddens raises grass-fed lambs on an organic farm in SD and sells lamb to a meat CSA in the twin cities.  Kelly Knipsel markets specialty wool products to hand spinners and fiber artists and also custom processes fleeces for producers.  The Pheasant Restaurant has a unique relationship with Sturdy Post Farms in order to direct market lamb (pasture to plate) for their menu.  This workshop will be held in the upstairs classroom in the Animal Science arena.

     Meat Lab Evaluation of Carcass Lambs - Today's Lamb Cuts

Get fully involved in determining the carcass value of different types of lambs with Dr. Keith Underwood and Adam Rhody from SDSU.  Participants will work in teams in the SDSU Meat Lab processing whole carcasses into traditional and specialty cuts, and discuss changes in lamb processing. Jim Percival, Chairman of the American Lamb Board, will also be attending.

     Sheep Management Skills 101

This workshop is  designed for new producers and those who are considering getting into sheep production.  Dr. Jeff Held will facilitate the morning with experts in different areas of sheep management and cover all the management skills needed to be successful in raising sheep.  The Sheep 101 Workshop will be held at the SDSU Sheep Unit.

Lunch - 12:00 ~ 1:00 pm ~ SDSU Sheep Unit

     Grilled Lamb burgers, beans, chips & SDSU ice cream will be served 

​     picnic style for everyone to enjoy!

 Friday afternoon Workshops - 1:00 ~ 5:00 pm

Participants will rotate through presentations at different sites at the SDSU Sheep Unit.  Sessions will be 45 min each, and everyone can go to 4 out of the 5 sessions offered.

     Rainfall Simulator ~ Ryan Forbes and Jay Hermann, NRCS, will conduct a demonstration of the importance of management in soil & water interactions.

     Grazing & Forages for Sheep / Utilization of Cover Crops ~ Dr. Sandy Smart & Dave Ollila, will host a discussion of wary & cool season grasses and ways to manage forages for maximum productivity.

     Predator Control Management ~ Dan Nelson, Wildlife Damage Specialist,  GF&P will cover control of predators through the use of fencing, guard animals, trapping and other tools.

     Lambing Time Management ~ Dr. Larry Goelz & Dr. Jeff Held 

This session will focus on keys to a successful lamb crop from pre-natal care to lamb rearing.

     Wool Quality Improvement & Shearing ~ Larry Prager & Dr. Lisa Surber

Preparation & shearing tips to get the most our of your wool clip.  Testing of individual fleeces for niche marketing will be covered.

“Lamb Lover's Social” ~ 5:30 pm. SDSU Animal Science Arena

Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of lamb appetizers, assorted goodies, and  social time at our Friday evening social event. The family-friendly social will also feature Lamb BBQ Bootcamp and fun Sheep Shearing demonstrations.  Unique hand-crafted wool items using SDSU Wool Project fabric or yarn will be on display during the social ~ and everyone will have a chance to bid on them during the evening auction. All proceeds from the challenge auction will be donated to the SDSU Signature Wool Project scholarship fund!  Miss SD will be our guest for the evening event too!

Check out the SDSU/SDSGA Signature Wool Challenge contest and be one of the fiber artists to hand-craft an item for the auction. Complete rules and entry blank are on the MIWW page. 

Saturday - Sept 29, 2018

Friday - Sept 28, 2018

SD Sheep Growers Association


     Mary Held ~ 605-690-7032 ~ email:
     Patty DeZeeuw ~ 605-690-5639 ~ email:
     Ida Marie Snorteland ~ 605-642-5123 ~ email:
     Ann Hansen ~ 605-695-2250
     Patty DeZeeuw ~ 605-690-5639
     Susan Holler ~ 605-695-9478 ~ email:

     Rufus DeZeeuw ~ 605-690-8269 ~ email:
     Dr. Jeff Held ~ 605-690-7033 ~ email:

     Dr. Lisa Surber ~ 406-581-7772 ~ email:

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