Click here for the minutes of the March 2018 meeting of the MSPA Board.
Click here for the minutes of the October 18, 2018 meeting of the MSPA Board of Directors which will be presented at the February meeting for corrections and approval.
Click here for information about the Buckeye Symposium.
Aimee Swenson Buckley, a MSU PhD student, is surveying the Michigan sheep industry as part of her research for her dissertation. Click here for more information. She would welcome participants.
MSPA Annual Shepherds Weekend, Lansing, Michigan, details to come.
“Late summer/early fall is always a busy time on the farm. Harvest is ramping up, livestock sales are imminent, school is starting, the pressure is on to prepare for winter. The MSPA-sponsored Rocky Mountain Sheep Tour offered an opportunity to ‘prepare’ as well – prepare to better understand our fellow sheep producers in the western US and their impact on the industry that affects us all. We know that not everyone could spare the time or find the resources to go on the trip but an attempt was made to record the highlights, share some photos and spread the word that – #1 – you can’t travel with better partners than a group of sheep people. They are flexible, curious and like to laugh!, and #2 – If you want to learn about the sheep business from a new perspective, make connections with folks who are in the same business you are AND look at your own operation with new eyes, then sign up for the next tour when it comes along! In the meantime, check out a blog of the tour at http://misheep.home.blog. (Scroll down to the bottom of the blog to start at the beginning of the tour.)
Please check with any of the following MSPA members who made the trek to get their reactions and experiences: Jim & Claudia Chapman, Isaac Matchett, Maury Kaercher, Dave Meeuwse, Harvey Warrick, Millard Doster, Doug and Kathy Brooks, Richard Ehrhardt, Cam Lauwers, Kirby & Alice Hostetler, Ben & Denise Bartlett