Turtle Soup - "Sheep Tales"
March 1, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFeed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering.
This week, David Ollila presents "Sheep Tales: The Past, Present and Future."
Hear all about the past, present
- South Dakota ranks fifth in the nation for sheep and wool production.
- Millennials are buying more lamb per capita than older generations.
- Almost 2 million pounds of Northern Plains wool goes into the making of U.S. military dress uniforms.
- 20 percent of all lamb and wool produced in the United States originates in the Northern Plains.
- There are 140 different wool sock companies in the United States today.
David Ollila teaches high school students about native range ecosystem plant inventory. This determines prairie health, livestock capacity and conservation practices.
Learn about the people who first introduced sheep to the area and about those who are still pushing the trade forward. Sheep play an important role, not only in South Dakota agriculture but in its economy.
Ollila is a fifth-generation rancher and runs a sheep and cattle operation outside Newell. Using his position as sheep field specialist at the South Dakota State University Extension, he supports producers and helps sustain the industry.
Admission for Turtle Soup is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats.