132th Annual Montana Wool Growers Convention, Billings MT



December 4 & 5, 2015

Billings Hotel and Convention Center-Billings, Montana


Thurs –Dec 3

1 pm Board Meeting

               6-8pm President’s Reception in the Hotel Lounge

                         Sponsored by Center of the Nation Wool


Friday-Dec 4

8am Resolutions Committee-Sunset

8am Registration Open

9am How Environmental Groups Fund Themselves through EAJA

Live Radio Broadcast with James Arneson and Voices of Montana

Jim Brown-Government Relations MWGA

John Helle-Helle Land and Livestock and Helle Rambouillet

10am Sheep, Bighorn and Bison Disease Update

Dr. Maggie Highland, Research Scientist-USDA-ARS Animal Disease Research

10:30 Coffee Break

11am US Sheep Experiment Station Update-Dr. Bret Taylor

12:00 Dr. Charles Boyer-MSU Vice President, Dean, and Director

1:30 MSU Animal and Range Sciences Update-Dr. Pat Hatfield, Department Head

       Dr. Whit Stewart-MSU Sheep Specialist

2:00 Around the World with IWTO-Ms. Monica Ebert, Montana Wool Lab Manager

2:30 Montana Ag Safety Program-Jim Larson

2:30 Young Producer Workshop-Attendance by Invitation

3:30 Coffee Break

4pm Resolution Committees


6pm Western Ranch Waterhole, Speed Shear Calcutta, Live Auction Fundraiser

Sat-Dec 5

        7:30 Resolutions

8 am Wool Outlook and Trends

Larry Prager-Center of the Nation Wool

Bruce Barker-Great Plains Wool


8:30 Wildlife Services Update-John Steuber, Montana State Director

               9 am Montana Livestock Loss Board-George Edwards, Exec Sec

9:30 Board of Livestock Update

10 am Coffee Break


                10:30 H2A Roundtable

                        Erik Lehfeldt-Mountain Plains Agricultural Service, President

Ken Wixom-Western Range Association, Director


12:00 Dr. Jeff Bader-MSU Extension Director


  1:30 American Wool Council Update

Ken Wixom-American Sheep Industry Board of Directors, Region VII


  2:30 Coffee Break


  3 pm Annual Meeting/ASI Blanket and Pillow Door Prize


  6 pm  Banquet Bars and Silent Auction Open


  6:45 Silent Auction Closes

 7pm Invocation & Woolgrower Banquet

 7:30 Door Prizes and Silent Auction Review


  8 pm Make It with Wool Fashion Show


  9 pm NFR Social & Raffle Drawing

Sun-Dec 6

 8am MWGA Board Meeting

                 We will fit in any attending Senators, Representatives, or their staffers as they arrive.

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