February 2016 Events

February 3
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Ingram Hall at McArthur (Calif.) Fairgrounds
Tools for Ranching With Wolves and Other Large Predators
Workshop with lunch and dinner is free but registration required. Contact Stacy at 530/336-5784.  Co-hosted by USDA Wildlife Services; California Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau Federation, Wool Growers Assn.; California Wolf Center, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fall River/Big Valley Cattlemen’s Assn. For more information, call 866-487-3297 or Stacy Schneider at 530-336-5784 or srschneider@ucanr.edu.


February 5
to February 6
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Pipestone (Minn.) Lamb and Wool Program's Lambing Time Short Course and Bus Tour

For more information visit: pipstonesheep.com
February 13
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MSU Extension Office, Missoula, Mont.
Western Montana Sheep Seminar
Presented by the Montana State University Sheep Program. Topics include: Integrated Parasite Management, Sheep Trace Mineral Nutrition and On-Farm Wool Testing Tools. Attendees are asked to bring locks of wool to be tested with the new FibreLux machine.

For more information, contact Dr. Whit Stewart at 406-994-3758 or Jan Tusick at 406-883-4093.
February 17
to February 19
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Ellensburg, Washington
Level I Classing School

A Certified Level I Wool Classing School is scheduled for Feb. 17-19, 2016 at the Barnhart Ranch in Ellensburg, Washington.

The focus of the school is to provide the U.S. sheep industry with trained wool classers who can assist in improving the quality of the domestic wool clip, which is imperative to American wool becoming more competitive and available in the international as well as domestic markets. 


The cost of the classing school is $150 per student and includes all educational materials, a wool resource notebook, wool samples, a wool handling and shearing DVD and lunch each day. Class size is limited to 10 and is taught by Ron Cole, ASI wool educational consultant.

For more information, contact Kittitas County Sheep Producers at 509-968-3538
February 17
to February 18
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North Dakota
Managing Livestock Losses to Predators
Dickinson State University on Feb. 17 in the campus' Ag Building Auditorium.

Valley City State University, on Feb. 18 in Room 102 of the Rhoades Building.

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Registration for the free workshop is not required but is encouraged, by calling 701-355-3300.


February 18
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HonDah Casino, Pinetop, Ariz.
Predator Damage Management Workshop
Predator Damage Management Workshop, with an emphasis on nonlethal methods.  Co-sponsored by USDA Wildlife Services in Arizona and New Mexico, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.  For more information, contact 602-870-2081.