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Published March 27, 2010, 12:00 AM

NDSU seeks input on sheep specialist candidates

North Dakotans will have a chance to help select NDSU’s next sheep specialist.

North Dakotans will have a chance to help select NDSU’s next sheep specialist.

North Dakotans have two opportunities to provide input that will help the North Dakota State University Extension Service select its next sheep specialist.

The sheep specialist will have a joint appointment consisting of 50 percent Extension, 35 percent research and 15 percent teaching.

Three candidates will share their vision of a dynamic sheep Extension, research and teaching program for North Dakota in public presentations on the NDSU campus in April. The presentations will be broadcast through the North Dakota Interactive Video Network at four sites throughout the state for those who are unable to attend the on-campus presentations.

Sheep industry stakeholders and NDSU faculty from across the state also will have a chance to interact with the candidates via IVN.

The candidates and the days they will speak and interact with stakeholders are:

April 6 - Reid Redden

April 8 - Will Dickison

April 13 - Rob Zelinsky

The candidates will give their presentation in Hultz Hall, Room 104. The presentations will be broadcast from the NDSU Hettinger, Dickinson and North Central Research Extension Centers and Burleigh County Extension Service office in Bismarck. The presentations will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. CDT (12:30 to 1:30 p.m. MDT at the Hettinger and Dickinson centers).

The stakeholder interaction sessions will be broadcast at the same locations from 3:35 to 4:45 p.m. CDT (2:35 to 3:45 p.m. MDT).

“We encourage North Dakotans, especially those interested in sheep production, to view the seminars and interact with the candidates,” says Greg Lardy, head of NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department. “This position plays a very important role in the Animal Sciences Department and we want to hire the best person for this job.”

For more information, contact J.W. Schroeder, NDSU Extension dairy specialist and sheep specialist search committee chair, at 701-231-7663 or