By MATTHEW WEAVER
Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho sheep producers will get tips on how to keep or increase their profits at an upcoming field day and meeting.
The Spokane Area Sheep Producers Association holds its annual meeting beginning at 8:45 a.m. May 18 at the Shepherd's Bounty farm one mile north of Chewelah, Wash.
Washington State University Extension educator Tom Platt, based in Davenport, Wash., said the industry suffered last year due to lower prices, but growers are hanging on and prices are beginning to come back.
"Because profitability has been squeezed, anything producers can do to pay attention to the small details that may save them a penny or earn them an extra penny is important," Platt said.
The agenda includes pasture and soil fertility and grading fleeces for handspinning.
Other subjects include electric fencing, sheepdog demonstrations and sheep health.
There will also be a program for youths on selecting show lambs.
Platt hopes to attract people from around the region, noting the association hasn't held a meeting in the Chewelah area for a long time.
The event is free. Contact Marnie Fair for lunch by May 13 at 208-773-7445 or fair firstname.lastname@example.org .