SAVE THE DATE: DLGC 2015 Annual Meeting-Fargo, ND, December 11-12

Stay tuned to DLGC email and this website for more information!

WHEN:     Friday, December 11: 4:30-6:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00pm Membership Dinner

Saturday, December 12: 8:30-9:00 am Registration

Featured speakers are Jay Fuhrer, Soil Health Specialist, NCRS-Bismarck, and Dr. Gregory McKee, Director of the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives, NDSU, Fargo.

WHERE: Holiday Inn of Fargo, 3803 13th Avenue South, Fargo, ND-a block of rooms is being reserved at a special rate for DLGC members (until 11-10-2015). Rooms are $114+tax for Friday night. Call 701-282-2700 to reserve your room!



Free Farm Foundation Workshop: Antimicrobial Drug Use in Food Animals-October 13 in Rapid City




Regional leaders featured at Rapid City workshop on antimicrobial drug use in food animals 

OAK BROOK, IL Sept. 16, 2015: Regional leaders in livestock production, the veterinary community and the feed supply industry will be among the speakers at an Oct. 13, workshop in Rapid City, SD, on the stewardship of antimicrobial drug use in livestock.

Organized by Farm Foundation, NFP, the workshop is an opportunity for participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of two Guidance for Industry (GFIs) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, as well as the FDA’s revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). These actions mean some medically-important antimicrobial drugs will see label changes allowing only therapeutic uses, and use of the drugs will require a veterinarian’s prescription for the drug, direct administration by a veterinarian, or a veterinary consultation on disease management protocols.

The Oct. 13 workshop is targeted to all pork, cattle, poultry and sheep producers, as well as veterinarians and feed suppliers in South Dakota, North Dakota, northeast Wyoming, northwest Nebraska, eastern Montana, and western Minnesota. The workshop will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDT at the Journey Museum, 222 New York Street, Rapid City, SD.

Officials of FDA and USDA will be at the Rapid City workshop to review the policies and answer questions. A regional livestock producer and feed supplier will also make comments. On the Rapid City program will be:

  • William Flynn, DVM, of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine,
  • Larry Granger, DVM, of the Antimicrobial Resistance Program at USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and
  • Christopher Chase, DVM.

Kevin Ochsner of Adayana Agribusiness Group, will moderate the workshop. Breakout sessions will allow producers, veterinarians and feed suppliers to discuss the management challenges ahead. The workshop is also an opportunity for state and federal agencies, colleges of veterinary medicine and university extension personnel, to gain insights into the changes needed to meet the requirements.

There is no charge to participate. Advance registration, which is requested but not required, can be completed online or by going to the Farm Foundation website. This is one of 12 workshops Farm Foundation is hosting on the topic across the country.

To gauge awareness of the changes being put in place by FDA, and to learn more about the potential implications of these changes, Farm Foundation is asking stakeholders to complete a brief survey. The survey is open to all livestock producers, feed suppliers and veterinarians, whether or not you attend the workshop. CLICK HERE to complete the survey. Survey results will only be gathered and reported in the aggregate. Survey results will be shared with workshop participants.

Comments gathered at this workshop will be the basis of a report assessing the economic and physical challenges facing producers as they implement the GFIs and revised VFD. Informational and educational needs will also be evaluated, as well as the role of veterinarians in monitoring and managing antimicrobial drug use. The report will be presented at a national summit to be convened by Farm Foundation in late fall 2015. This will be an opportunity for farmers, ranchers, feed suppliers, veterinarians, academics and government agency staff to advance the conversation on the industry’s adaptation to the changing landscape of antimicrobial drug use.

Many producers and businesses across the entire food and agricultural value chain have already taken action to reduce the use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food animal production. FDA’s GFI 209 and GFI 213 call on animal drug sponsors of approved medically-important antimicrobials administered through medicated feed or water to remove production uses (i.e., to promote growth or improve feed efficiency) from their product labels, and bring the remaining therapeutic uses of these products—to treat, control, or prevent disease—under the oversight of a veterinarian. Manufacturers of products containing these medically-important antimicrobial drugs have voluntarily agreed to submit changes to their product labels to comply with the GFIs. FDA’s revised VFD addresses the increased veterinary oversight of medicated feeds called for by GFI 209 and 213.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit, Farm Foundation works as a catalyst for sound public policy by providing objective information to foster a deeper understanding of issues shaping the future for agriculture, food systems and rural regions. Since its founding in 1933, Farm Foundation has been a non-advocacy organization—we do not lobby or advocate positions. Our action comes in bringing industry leaders together to examine evolving issues that will shape the future of the industry. Antimicrobial drug use in food-producing animals is just such an issue.

About half of the Foundation’s funding is from an endowment set up by its founders. The remainder is contributions from individuals, other foundations and companies who support the Foundation’s work. For this project, support was received from JBS United, Hormel Foods Corporation, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Rose Acre Farms, Elanco Animal Health, J.R. Simplot Company, Irsik Farms, C-ARC Enterprises, Hardin Farms, National Pork Producers Council, the National Pork Board, the North American Meat Institute, the National Turkey Federation and BARN Media.

Seven of the 12 workshops have been completed. For a complete list of workshop sites, or to learnmore about Farm Foundation, visit our website,


Sheldon Jones, Vice President Programs, Farm Foundation, NFP 630-601-4151

Mary Thompson, Vice President Communications, Farm Foundation, NFP 630-601-4152

PRESS RELEASE Free Farm Foundation Workshop October 13, 2015 Rapid City SD

Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD Charity Golf Outing: October 17 in Sioux City,Iowa

The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD

is ramping up for its first GM1 Charity Golf Outing on

October 17, 2015!

We have our Platinum Sponsorships filled, and we have 2 of our 4 Gold Sponsorships filled! We have lots of amazing donations coming in for silent auction items as well. We are working on a new car donation for our Hole-In-One prize…

The Cause: Huntington’s disease is a hereditary brain disorder for which there is currently no treatment or cure. It damages nerve cells in the brain, causing them to deteriorate along with every normal function in the person affected.

The Shepherd’s Gift, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was formed as a way to raise money for a very specific research that has been underway for over 20 years. Ovine (sheep) GM1 is a natural molecule that has shown great promise in treating and even reversing Huntington’s symptoms in mice models. This research also gives hope for neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Our purpose is to get GM1 into clinical trials as soon as possible.

If anyone is interested in attending, golfing, helping…whatever… check out our registration website at:

Event Details


Saturday, October 17, 2015

11:00am Check-in, 12:30pm Shotgun Start

(4-person scramble)


Green Valley Golf Course

4300 Donner Ave.

Sioux City, IA  51106


$80/golfer, $320/4 person team

REGISTRATION INCLUDES: 18 holes, cart, registration gift bag, water and soft drinks, snacks, meal, opportunities to win awesome prizes and bid on silent auction items.

For more information, contact: Nicki Oss @ 712-898-5999

Shepherd’s Gift” GM1 for HD Golf Outing Oct 17 2015 pdf



2015 Summer Meeting Update and Thank you!

Thank you to all who participated in DLGC’s Summer Meeting on June 26 and June 27 in Brookings and White, South Dakota. Friday night’s lamb recipe tasting and fellowship was well attended, with a couple of folks driving in from Michigan! The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD auction was presided over by Kevin Quail, and brought in over $1,670. Thanks go out to both the generous donors who provided original and collectable items for the auction as well as the bidders. All proceeds from the auction go to The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD to help in various aspects of the GM1 project.

GM1 Cooperators Recognized

GM1 Cooperators Recognized

On Saturday morning, Dr. Steven Hersch (MD, PhD Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Neurology) SKYPED in to the Pioneer Lutheran Church to talk with DLGC members and HD Families about Huntington’s Disease. He also offered his opinions on the value of the Ovine GM1 Project and answered questions about the future of the project.

Dr. Steven Hersch joining DLGC from Boston via SKYPE

Dr. Steven Hersch joining DLGC from Boston via SKYPE

Next up, a couple of HD families shared their stories on living with Huntington’s Disease and their interest that the Ovine GM1 Project find funding as soon as possible to investigate further its efficacy in treating HD.

Dr. Larry Holler then presented a “refresher course” on Ovine GM1 Gangliosidosis with an update on the status of the NIH grant proposal submitted by Dr. Hersch. We expect word on the grant status very soon.

Dr. Larry Holler on Ovine GM1 Gangliosidosis

Dr. Larry Holler on Ovine GM1 Gangliosidosis

The Lamb Supper was another wonderfully delicious opportunity for folks to network and get to know each other. The GM1 Project truly feels like “Families helping Families” and this was a time for the Sheep Producer families to get to know better the HD families. Thank you to David and Penny Patterson and MJ for cooking such wonderful pulled lamb barbeque and fixins!

Lamb Supper and Networking

Lamb Supper and Networking

The day continued with a tour of the Holler’s farm just down the road from the church. We were able to see that the operation really is basically a typical sheep farm-nothing fancy! Gabe and Abigail, the terribly scary guard dogs, escorted us around the farm to make sure the sheep stayed safe.






Larry Holler

Larry Holler

Just Sheep

Just Sheep

More Sheep

More Sheep

Spring Lamb

Spring Lamb

The 2015 Summer meeting wrapped up with a cooperator’s meeting to go over the GM1 Cooperator’s Contract. If you are interested in learning more about participating in the GM1 Project, please contact the Dakota Lamb Grower’s Coop at dakotalambgrowersATgmailDOTcom and we would be happy to talk with you.

Have a wonderful summer and stay tuned for more updates!


DLGC 2015 Summer Meeting Schedule (updated June 10)

June 26 – Hillcrest Park Shelters A, B, & C (4th St & 15th Ave, Brookings)

4:00-6:00 PM        Board of Directors Meeting

6:00 PM                 Lamb Tasting and Fellowship

7:30 PM                 The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD Charity Auction

June 27- Pioneer Lutheran Church (20180 474th Ave, White)

8:30-9:00 AM      Registration for GM1 for HD Forum

Program               Huntington’s 101 – Dr. Steven Hersch, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical 

School & Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of   Neurology; Director, New England Center of Excellence for HD;  Director, Laboratory of Neurodegeneration & Neurotherapeutics via SKYPE

HD Family Stories – Wes & Kerry Hilton

Kate’s Story Update – Tara Hansen, her Mom

Ovine GM1 Gangliosidosis – Dr. Larry Holler, DVM, PhD South Dakota State University Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Dept. of Veterinary & Biomedical Science

Lamb Supper followed by Questions & Answer session, Cooperator meeting, & Tour of GM1 Sheep Facilities


To Hillcrest Park Shelter A:

From I-29: Exit 132 Turn West towards Brookings (6th Street). Go through three stoplights. On the 4th stoplight (17th Ave), turn South onto 17th Ave. Go to next stop sign and turn West onto 3rd Street. At the next stop sign, turn North onto 15th Ave. At 4th Street, turn back East (right) into the parking lot directly past Hillcrest Elementary School. Shelters will be in front of you!

The community pool is adjacent to the park, and day passes are available. There is also a playground for little kids.

To Pioneer Lutheran Church:

From I-29: Exit 140 (HWY 30, Bruce/White), go East towards White 1 mile to 474th Ave. Turn left (North) at PLC sign and drive 2 miles. Church is on the East side of the road.

Please R.S.V.P. to Mina @ 605.651.9530 or email by June 21 for Friday and Saturday. If you are only able to attend one day, that’s o.k., we’d love to see you!

Due to the extremely heavy 2015 summer demand for hotel rooms in Brookings, DLGC was unable to block-book rooms at a special rate for this meeting. If you plan on staying overnight, hotels say that they started releasing previously reserved rooms at the end of May. If you need help with contact information for Brookings hotels, please let Mina know and she can provide some phone numbers.

Auction to benefit The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD (Huntington’s Disease)

Charity Auction to Benefit

The Shepherd’s Gift: GM1 for HD

Friday June 26th 7:30 PM-8:30 PM

Hillcrest Park Shelter A, 4th St and 15th Ave, Brookings

Huntington’s Disease (HD) has been described as MS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease all rolled into one. This debilitating and fatal neurologic disease currently has no disease modifying treatment.

Sheep Farmers have joined together to raise a special genetic line of sheep that produce the GM1 to help HD families. Please join us as we raise funds to move GM1 into clinical trials.

We would like to thank the many local and regional artists who have generously donated items for the auction. You may view the items available from 7:30 to 8:00 pm. Auction begins at 8:01 pm. The auction is open to the public, so please let your friends know. Please come and join us to make this a successful event!

Event hosted by the Dakota Lamb Growers Cooperative. Thank you to Thrivent Financial for additional event support.

Auction Items:

Signed/Numbered Print by well known Brookings artist, Karen Kinder  Kinder sheep

Balancing Sheep Puzzle, Lynn and Diane PerryBalancing Sheep

Hand Knit, Hand Dyed Wool/Silk Shawlette, Jeri KurtzShawlette

Sheep Pelts, Lynn and Diane Perry

Hand knitted Women’s Wool Shepherd’s Socks, Jane RoyShepherd Socks

Children’s Wooden Farm Corral, Lynn and Diane Perry

And many more…