PA Sheep and Wool Growers Regional Workshops Feb and March 2020

Details in pdf:  2020 Sheep Regional Training Workshops

Shepherd Workshops Sponsored by:   PA Sheep & Wool Growers Association, PennState Extension, American Sheep Industry and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

February 24th and 25th “Are My Sheep Making Me Money?” Join Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist at Michigan State University as he shares the MSU Lamb Profit Calculator and gain a better understanding of sheep production profitability. You’ll learn to take a critical look at your operation while evaluating the profit of marketing a lamb and how it relates back to the overall profit per ewe in your flock.

Dr. Ehrhardt will also discuss “Basic Principles to Improve Production Efficiency on Your Farm.” Learn how management decisions can alter your bottom line. Discussing methods to lower feed costs, labor investments, and production traits just to name a few.

South Eastern PA Monday, February 24, 2020 Lancaster Farm & Home Center 1381 Arcadia Road Lancaster, PA

North Eastern PA Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Columbia County Extension Office 702 Sawmill Road, Suite 102 Bloomsburg, PA

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March 3rd and 4th Join Brady Campbell, Program Coordinator for the Ohio State University Sheep Team as he presents, “Grazing Systems – Finding the Balance Between Nutrition and Parasite Management.” He has experience in sheep production, welfare, and behavior as well as alternative grazing systems and parasitology from the Wooster campus.

South Western PA Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Washington County Extension Office 100 West Beau Street, Suite 601 Washington, PA

North Western PA Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Mercer County Extension Office 463 North Perry Highway Mercer, PA

Election Results for 2020 Trustees Election

 

Candidate: Trustees  (3 Year Term 2020-2022)
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Thomas Chenal: 25 votes (50.0%)
Royal Unziger: 25 votes (50.0%)

Royal Unziger and Thomas Chenal win with 50.0% of the vote each.

Details:

Started at: December 19, 2019 at 5:00pm
Finished at: January 16, 2020 at 11:45pm
Time zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)

18 of 46 ballots cast.

28.0 of 71.0 votes cast.

Weighted Ballots Used (Family Members 2 votes each, Personal Members 1 vote each)

Votes tallied: 50.0
Abstentions: 2

AgrAbility National Training Workshop Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you for considering the AgrAbility National Training Workshop as a location to highlight your products and services. The NTW is the foremost educational event addressing issues related to disability in agriculture.  Last year’s conference was attended by approx. 230 people representing 38 states and five countries!  Participants include AgrAbility project team members; professional partners; and farmers.

The 2019 AgrAbility National Training Workshop is scheduled for March 23rd – 26th, 2020 at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI.

We welcome you to join us as an Exhibitor, Sponsor, or both!

$700 ($600 for non-profit exhibitor) includes the following:

  • One 6’ table and electrical connection if necessary
  • Registration for one representative
  • Attendance at Conference Sessions of Interest
  • Access to Session Handouts and Conference Attendee Listing
  • A block of time during AT Show & Tell Session
  • Name listed in program and on a slide in the ballroom
  • Conference Meals including: Monday evening reception, Tuesday lunch, breaks and banquet dinner; Wednesday lunch and breaks

 

National Training Workshop Exhibitor Agreement

Madison Concourse Hotel | 1 West Dayton St. | Madison, WI 53703

March 23-26, 2020

Company Name:_______________________________________________________________________

Representative Name as it should appear on Name Badge:_____________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

City: _________________________________________________________________________________

State/Province: _________________________________ Zip Code: ______________________________

Phone: ________________________________________ Fax: __________________________________

Email: ________________________________________ Website: _______________________________

  • q Commercial Exhibitor Fee $700
  • q Non-Profit Exhibitor Fee $600
  • q Paying by check
  • q Paying by credit card- link will be sent

Please complete the information above, and mail form Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.

If you are paying by check, please include the check for the total amount due.

Send to:

4119 Lakeville Road | Geneseo, NY 14454 | Attention:  Tess McKeel, GFL Workforce Development

If paying by credit card, please still send this form and we will send you a link to registration, once it is open.

 

Move In / Set Up: Sunday, March 22nd at Noon – Tuesday, March 24th at 8 am  **all exhibits should be fully set prior to 8 am on Tuesday**

Take Down / Move Out: Wednesday, March 25th  from 5-10 pm  **all exhibits must be moved out by 10 pm on Wednesday**

 

In addition to Exhibitor opportunities, we welcome you to be a Sponsor of the 2020 NTW.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Name Badge Sponsor (1)

$500 plus 250 name badge holders

  • Name in program and on website
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Sponsor a Farmer (unlimited)

$1000

  • Name in program and on website
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Sponsor a break or welcome reception (5)

$3000

  • Half page ad in program
  • Half a slide shown in ballroom
  • Signage on break table
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Logo on website
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 2 conference registrations

Sponsor the Keynote Speaker (1)

$5000

  • Full page in program
  • Full slide shown in ballroom
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 2 conference registrations

Friends of AgrAbility (unlimited)

Platinum Level:  $4,000

  • Half page ad in program
  • Half a slide shown in ballroom
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Logo on website
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 2 conference registrations

Gold Level:  $2000

  • Quarter page ad in program
  • Quarter slide shown in ballroom
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Logo on website
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 1 conference registration

 

Silver Level:  $1000

  • Name in program and on website
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Bronze level:  $500

  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Contributor:  $100

  • Name in list on slide in ballroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please call or email Tess McKeel – 585-447-9015 – tmckeel@goodwillfingerlakes.org or JoBeth Rath – 585.402.2059 – jbrath@goodwillfingerlakes.org to customize your sponsorship!  All donations are tax deductible and are administered by the National AgrAbility Project at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.

2019 Contest Results

Breed Display

No results reported. 

Fleece Show

Fleece to Scarf

1st: South Jersey Guild of Spinners and Handweavers

2nd: Twist Weavers

3rd: Give Fleece a Chance

Sheep Shows

Babydoll Classics Commercial Grade
 Hampshire Jacob Meat (Open)
Romney, White (no show 2019) Romney, Natural Colored (no show 2019) Shetland
 Wool-Fine & Medium Wool-Long

Shepherd’s Lead

No results reported. 

Skein Contest

Contact North Country Spinners.

 

Page Updated:  19-Sep-2019

Festival Speakers 2019

All talks will be held in Barn 1 E Center (Barn closest to Parking Lot).

 

4H – Brittany Smith

Sun. 2-3

 

Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD)  the Visible Fence – Doug YoungSat.  3-4

A Commonsense Approach to Livestock Guardian Dogs – Protecting Your Livestock Investment

  • What Is a Livestock Guardian Dog?
  • Benefits to the Livestock Owner
  • Guarding Dogs Versus Herding Dogs
  • The 3 Traits (Components) of an Effective LGD
  • Overview of The Livestock Guardian Dog Breeds
  • Selecting A Breeder
  • How To Choose A Puppy
  • Life Stages of Livestock Guardian Dogs
  • Liability Concerns
 

Pasture Management – Christian Bench

Sat. 1-2

 

 

Sheep 101 – Eunice Bench, Rosemont Valley Farm
Sat. 10-11 and Sun. 11-12

  • Starting with sheep
  • Picking a breed
  • Startup
  • Barn setup

 

 

Small Scale Manure Management – Mike Westendorf 

Sat. 11-12 and Sun. 10-11

 

 

Valais Blacknose Sheep

Sat. 2-3 and Sun. 12-1

This session is being presented by the Directors of the Valais Blacknose Sheep Association of North America and Teton Valais Blacknose Sheep Company.

Valais Blacknose sheep originated in Switzerland and are called “the cutest sheep in the world!” for good reason!  Valais Blacknose sheep are friendly, personable, absolutely adorable, and produce beautiful, soft, curly locks of fast growing wool spun into fiber/yarn. They are not in the United States, nor can they be imported, but frozen semen can be.
Please join this session and be introduced to the sheep and learn about how you can become a Valais Blacknose Sheep Breeder and own one of the Worlds cutest sheep.

 

Farm Bureau – Doug Wengrun

 

 

Updated: 14-Aug-2019

Heritage Sheep for Niche Production Brochure Availalble

Download a copy of the Livestock Conservancy’s new brochure on heritage sheep breeds from their website.

The brochure explains the benefits of raising heritage sheep and lists the sheep that are currently on the Livestock Conservancy’s endangered list.

Their website also provides a number of other useful tools for selecting the right breed for you.

Sheep

♦ List of Sheep Breeds
♦ Sheep Handling Videos
♦ Breed Comparison Chart
♦ Card Grading Protocols
♦ Heritage Sheep Brochure
♦ Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em Challenge

Source:  https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/resources/internal/heritage-sheep

Cargill Recalls Animal Feeds Sold Under Southern States Brand

Cargill pulled a variety of animal feeds with excessive levels of aflatoxins from retail shelves from February through April 2019, but the company did not announce the action until this week.

Aflatoxin is a fungal toxin that commonly contaminates maize and other types of crops during production, harvest, storage or processing, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Exposure to aflatoxin is known to cause both chronic and acute liver damage in humans. People working with or eating contaminated feeds or foods are at risk of illness.

All 14 of the recalled products were sold under the Southern States brand.

“The affected products, which were manufactured and sold in the eastern United States, were removed from retail shelves throughout February, March, and April 2019. Livestock, horses and poultry exposed to aflatoxin are at risk of exposure to several health hazards,” according to the recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

The implicated feeds were manufactured at Cargill’s Cleveland, N.C., facility. The implicated products were recalled from retail outlets and distributors in Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Consumers and other end users who have any of the affected lots in their possession are urged to return remaining product to their local dealers or retailers for a replacement or full refund. Consumers can call 800-822-1012 for additional information.
Source: FoodSafetyNews.com

 

Source: ASI WEEKLY May 10, 2019

Livestock Conservancy Shave Em to Save Em Campaign

Rules

Although not mentioned in the rules, providers (which must be Livestock Conservancy members) can not sell conservation breed wool that is not from their own animals (per correspondence with the Livestock Conservancy late 2018).

Fiber Artists:

This is a great program to help save rare breeds of sheep and also to learn more about the characteristics of their fiber.  Even if you don’t pursue the program you can search through our member listings to locate those near you who are raising rare breeds on the Livestock Conservancy lists.  By purchasing products from them you are also helping to preserve these rare breeds.  For a list of breeds see the next 2 links below.

Heritage Sheep Brochure – 2 pages, lists breeds included

Heritage Sheep Breeds List by Conservation Priority Status (annually updated web page)

Flyer for Providers Promoting Program to Fiber Artists

 

For full info see the Livestock Conservancy website:  http://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/involved/internal/SE2