2023 Annual OSGA Convention
Pendleton Convention was a Success!
President Kip Krebs welcomed a full house, with many new faces to historic Pendleton, Oregon December 7-9 for the annual Oregon Sheep Growers Association Convention. Attendees experienced two days packed full of phenomenal tours, great speakers and tremendous food.
The event kicked off Thursday evening with a welcome reception at the host hotel with a wonderful assortment of hors d’oeuvres. Friday morning dawned early at the Pendleton Convention Center with Randy Mills giving an overview of the Umatilla County Carcass Contest, ASI’s Erica Sanko touching upon the American lamb market, Chelsea Imdieke giving an overview of important safety opportunities through SAIF, Wes Patterson from the Graybeal group followed up with a Succession Planning presentation.
Attendees listened to legislative updates by Representative Bobby Levy and Umatilla County Commissioner Cindy Timmons while dining on a plated lamb lunch. Folks enjoyed an afternoon of guided tours through Pendleton Woolen Mills and the Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame museum and rodeo grounds followed up by an evening social, which included amazing lamb kabobs cooked by Jim and Karen Lunders. Hosted by Ag West Farm Credit, the group was treated to live music and a great presentation from Darcy Sexon.
Saturday morning started out with a presentation from the Director of Wildlife Services Jeff Flores, Daniella Hasan updated everyone regarding her study about the importance of micro minerals. The group then enjoyed a distance presentation about the value of wool pellets by Albert Wilde from Wild Valley Farms, followed by Robin Mathews and Nathan Temple’s presentation about the use of Drones in Agriculture. A representative from Graybeal Group ended the morning session visiting with participants about opportunities to gain revenue through carbon. Attendees were brought up to date by State Veterinarian Ryan Scholz over another fabulously prepared lunch.
The final afternoon found everyone enjoying a fabulous tour of the infamous Pendleton underground with the annual meeting and scholarship auction to follow. The evening’s banquet featured phenomenal lamb chops donated by Kathy Panner from Umpqua Valley Lamb and impeccably prepared by Jim and Karen Lunders.
A new slate of officers and board members were elected during the annual meeting.
1st Vice-President-Mike Cowdrey
Past President-Kip Krebs
Oregon Sheep Commission Chair-John Fine
With several key sponsors, a number of vendors and an amazing program, the 2023 convention proved to be a success!