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.

 

Gabe

Gabe

Abigail

Abigail

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!

Mina

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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

Directions:

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 dakotalambgrowers@gmail.com 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…