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DLGC Message From President Susan Holler

DLGC members:

Life in the livestock business is not for the faint of heart as this winter is proving. The extra hours to move snow so animals can be cared for is adding up. Those of you who have started lambing have had record low temps to deal with, while those of us getting ready to shear are trying to keep the sheep dry while hoping the shearers can make it to the farm. As your co-op we continue to address improvements for the future. While we have been in existence for 2 decades (2019 is our 20 year anniversary), we have had to change with the times. We are in a good place now with a contract with Superior farms, which for most of the year has brought us a premium for our lambs. On Nov. 28 in Sioux Falls, DLGC met with Superior Farms including Rick Stott, Brian Phelan, Lesa Eidman, Shane MacKenzie, Rob Rule and Mark Dumdi. This was a great opportunity to interact and learn more about Superior Farms management directly from the company. There have been marketing challenges due to the older facilities at the Denver plant.  After a year with weather events including hail, wind storms and more recently fire at a neighboring facility, they feel the plant is much better prepared for 2019 due to recent modernizations. Superior continues to look to the future as electronic grading comes on board. The Dixon plant is utilizing this technology, while Denver will adopt it soon.  There will be a trial period for us to adapt to the feedback we receive. If lambs have electronic ear tags individual carcass data will be obtainable. This may take some adjustments on our part — if you can’t measure it; you can’t manage it — applies here. Once we receive the measurements we can adjust our management to provide a more desirable lamb.  With better data we can strive to produce a better lamb which will benefit the industry while incentivizing us to provide these lambs. Additional programs coming on line include Flock54, a collaboration with University of Idaho. We took away a lot of valuable information from the meeting with Superior and we are looking forward to  the possibility of making this an annual opportunity to help us work more closely with Superior on our contract.

As we continue to move DLGC into the future, the board has had conference calls with cooperative specialists, Dr. Mike Boland, UMn, and Dr. Frayne Olson, NDSU, in an effort to continue to improve. A great opportunity coming up this summer is the NSIP Center of the Nation sale July 26-27th in Spencer IA. There is an educational program planed in addition to the sale. We are looking into joining the event for our summer meeting so MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

I hope your lambing goes smoothly inspite of the challenging weather and everyone resurfaces ready for spring and summer. “Alone we can do so little; TOGETHER we can do so much”. Helen Keller.

Check out these articles from the Spring Newsletter located on the Members Only tab:

  • Direct Deposit option from Superior Farms
  • Summer Meeting – July 26-27 (Tentative)

2018 Dakota Lamb Growers Co-op Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 3:15 p.m.
Research Park at SDSU, 2301 Research Park Dr., Brookings, SD 57006

DLGC Schedule:
2:30 pm Registration with coffee break
3:15 Election of Officers and DLGC Business
5:00 Social Hour and SDSGA Auction
7:00 Banquet featuring “Fresh American Lamb” and “Make it With Wool” Style Show – FREE with DLGC Pre-registration

Shepherd’s Shuffle Fun Run/Walk will be held at 7:00 am on Sat., Sept. 29th at the Research Park at SDSU. Register at: >http://www.allsportcentral.com/eventInfo.cfm?eventID=67314www.sdsheepgrowers.org/<.

Questions: Contact Phyllis Pates at dakotalambgrowers@gmail.com or 605-695-5157.

DLGC Message From President, Susan Holler:

I hope the New Year is off to a good start for you and lambing is underway or about to commence. During the past couple of years, we have come through a process of updating DLGC documents* to align them with how the Co-op is currently functioning and how it will function as we move farther into the 21st century, thanks to contributions from board members, the past manager, and legal and financial consultants. The board continues to implement changes to improve the Co-op.

The board approved the administrative fee increase to $3.50 per head, so you will notice that on your report from Superior. Continue reading

DLGC 2017 Annual Meeting, West Fargo, ND on December 2, 5:00 pm

Please join the DLGC Board of Directors on Saturday, December 2, for the 2017 Annual Meeting. The DLGC Annual Meeting will be held at the Double Tree Inn**, West Fargo, ND, in the early evening after the conclusion of the North Dakota Lamb & Wool Producers Association and Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers joint annual conference. The MN and ND organizations have planned a North Dakota Sheep Industry Tour for Friday, December 1 (begins at 10 AM), and a full day of educational sessions, including a trade show, for Saturday, December 2. The Dakota Lamb Growers Cooperative meeting will follow the joint convention activities around 5:00pm (meeting at the Double Tree Inn).

DLGC members will vote on the amended and restated Uniform Marketing Agreement (ballot included with Notice of Meeting mailing). New members are especially encouraged to take advantage of the networking opportunities and educational sessions offered this weekend. Continue reading

Message from DLGC President, Susan Holler:

Marketing lambs through DLGC has been lucrative this year. Contract lambs are returning $25-$30/head above the cash market. We are pleased that the co-op can bring added value to member’s lambs. As always it is good to have some parameters to evaluate lambs and receive feedback on management. Oftentimes members and potential members ask what are the benefits to joining DLCG? In addition to the contract and the ability to sell your lambs on a carcass basis, educational opportunities are available as we experienced at our summer meeting during the Dakota Lakes Research Farm Tour. Dr. Dwayne Beck gave those in attendance a practical and thought provoking tour of the research farm and sustainable Ag practices. From seeding earth worms, to no-till crop rotations, to livestock grazing, Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE: DLGC 2017 ANNUAL MEETING, December 1 and December 2, Fargo, ND

The DLGC Annual Meeting format will change this year, as we join the Minnesota and North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Associations in Fargo on Dec. 1st and 2nd. This should make it easier for members in these groups to also participate in the DLGC meeting. Our annual meeting will be Saturday evening. Please stay tuned for details.