A Hillingdon Ranch Tour

The American Sheep Industry Association held its annual convention in San Antonio at the end of January/beginning of February. As part of the convention, we hosted a tour here at Hillingdon.

 

ASI is the national organization representing the interests of more than 88,000 sheep producers located throughout the United States. From East to West, pasture-based flocks to range operations, ASI works to represent the interests of all producers.

The year was 1865. Abraham Lincoln was president, the Civil War was ending, and neither the automobile nor the telephone had been invented. This was the year the National Wool Growers Association was formed, making it the first national livestock association in the United States. It was this association that provided the roots for today’s national industry organization: the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI).

source: sheepusa.org

About 100 convention participants took part in the tour here at the ranch. Participants were from all over the US, as well as Canada & Australia.

While here, participants learned about the land, livestock, & what techniques we use in managing our operation. They were able to see our sheep {& goats & cattle} up close. Dr. Redden & Dr. Pope (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension) ultra sounded some ewes & allowed participants to try their hand at it as well. Participants were able to look around the shearing barn, as well as observe how our sheep/goat handler works.

They were served a lamb lunch & listened to a brief presentation by Emilee Trlica (Texas Farm Bureau). Thanks to Kendall County Farm Bureau for their help with the day’s work!

We always enjoying hosting tours for others in our industry. There is so much to share & learn among other producers.

 

We appreciate the articles written about the tour/ranch by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension & the San Antonio Express News…

https://today.agrilife.org/2018/02/02/hillingdon-ranch-tour-shows-visitors-texas-style-sheep-raising/

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/SanAntonioExpressNews/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=SAEN%2F2018%2F02%2F11&entity=Ar05902&sk=81CA91CB&mode=text

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