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.

DLGC 2017 SUMMER MEETING-August 11 and August 12, Pierre, South Dakota

Mark your calendars for Aug 12th for the DLGC summer meeting at Dakota Lakes Research Farm near Pierre, SD. After his presentation at the December annual meeting, Dr. Dwayne Beck invited co-op members to a personalized tour of the research farm. This should be a great opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture including soil health, cover crops, and grazing. We will have a board meeting Friday evening (August 11) following dinner at Red Rossa Italian Grille in Pierre. Please join us for dinner and input on the Uniform Marketing Agreement as we finalize a compromise proposal for the 1 lamb-1 share policy. Continue reading

DLGC Message from President Susan Holler

Happy New Year DLGC members:

I hope the New Year is starting off well for all of you. I would like to thank Jeff Petersen for his 6 years of service to DLGC. Jeff was instrumental in negotiating and maintaining our contract with Superior Farms. We greatly appreciate his efforts to give the co-op this opportunity. I would also like to welcome back our newly elected board member David Peterson. David has previously served on the board and will join the board to help the co-op move forward. Thank you to both Jeff and David.

At the Annual Meeting, Dr. Dwayne Beck, Director of Dakota Lakes Research Farm, spoke about Conservation Agriculture. His presentation was thought provoking as we evaluate our farming practices and how they affect the future Continue reading

DLGC 2016 Annual Meeting-Aberdeen, SD: December 9th and 10th

FEATURED SPEAKER: Dr. Dwayne Beck, Manager of Dakota Lakes Research Farm

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Dr. Dwayne Beck manages the research facility called Dakota Lakes Research Farm. The Dakota Lakes Research Farm is owned by a not-for-profit corporation created by family farmers and local businesses in the 1980’s.  Full-time operations at the present site began in the fall of 1989.  The entire facility has always been managed using true conservation agriculture techniques (continuous low-disturbance no-till and diverse rotations) since its inception.

The unique cooperative arrangement between South Dakota State University and Continue reading

DLGC Summer Meeting-Schedule of Events

Where:  Brookings, South Dakota

When: July 15 & 16, 2016

If you plan on attending Friday’s supper, please R.S.V.P. by July 11th. Call Mina at 605-651-9530 or email dakotalambgrowers@gmail.com. For information on registering for the 2nd Annual GM1 for HD Golf Classic, please visit Events on The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD page.

SCHEDULE: Continue reading

July 15 & 16, 2016: DLGC 2016 Summer Meeting and Second Annual GM1 for HD Golf Classic: Golfing for a Cure

When Adam DeZeeuw (Brookings) offered to organize the second annual GM1 for HD Golf Classic fundraiser on behalf of the Shepherd’s Gift:GM1 for HD, Susan Holler, DLGC President, jumped in with a suggestion: Why not hold the Golf Classic in conjunction with DLGC’s 2016 Summer Meeting? Many of DLGC’s member families participate in the GM1 for HD project. We have gotten to know, and love, several of the HD families who set up the Shepherd’s Gift:GM1 for HD.  So, since Edgebrook Golf Course in Brookings, South Dakota, was available on Saturday, July 16, we decided that the DLGC member meeting should be held in Brookings on Friday, July 15, so that our families would have the chance to re-connect.

We hope that you will bring family and friends Continue reading

The GM1 Project: News is Traveling!

Farmers raising genetically flawed sheep seek a cure for Huntington’s Disease

Please stay tuned for a recap of our 16th Annual Meeting in Fargo, North Dakota on December 11 and 12, 2015.