January 22, 2022 North Platte, NE

The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers along with the Nebraska Extension are holding their 4th annual Lambing and Kidding School in North Platte, NE on January 22, 2022.  We have a great program planned for sheep and goat producers.  Featured speakers will be Mark Hoogendoorn, Sheep Operations Manager at MARC, Rachel Gibbs, UNL Graduate Assistant and goat and sheep producer, Randy Saner, Nebraska Extension Educator and Ivan Rush, Sheep producer and retired Nebraska Extension Educator. The day will include a farm tour at Bruns Brothers just northwest of North Platte.  Bruns Brothers raise Southdown sheep and Boer goats for show.

Mark Hoogendoorn grew up in western Iowa on a small farm raising cattle, sheep and pigs. After high school graduation in 2005, Mark attended Iowa State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dairy Science. In 2006, he started to compete in sheep shearing competitions across the United States. Mark traveled from California to Michigan and everywhere in between competing for the next 10 years. After college graduation in 2009, he began working for the industry shearing sheep and started a flock of his own. He raised 200 ewes and traveled across the Midwest while he continued to compete in shearing competitions.

As Mark sheared, he had the opportunity to see all aspects of sheep management. He was on nearly 100 different operations per year. The operations varied from range production systems in Montana, to an intensively managed flock with an accelerated lambing program in Northwest Iowa. One of his most exciting opportunities landed in Tintinara, Australia to shear for a contractor. One of his most exciting competitions included National Sheep Shearing Champion in 2012 at the Rapid City Stock Show in Rapid City, South Dakota. In 2015, he was given the opportunity to travel to Ireland to represent the USA in the world contest. Mark has been a member of the Pipestone Lamb and Wool program for 10 years.

As his passion for the industry continued to grow, he came across the sheep operations manager opening here at the Meat Animal Research Center. Mark understood and realized the impact MARC has on the industry and wanted to apply to be a part of it. Mark started in August of 2019, and has since increased sheep identification using an electronic identification system. He has created a plan for a fall lambing flock of Polypay and Romanov breeds and has built a healthy culture and sense of ownership with the sheep care team.

The cost for the day will be $30 for non-member, $25 for NSGP members and $10 for students.  This fee includes handouts and a lunch.  To register email ne.sheep.goat@gmail.com or call Melissa Nicholson at 308-386-8378.