|Applicants can choose to apply for only one of the three focuses of the micro grant program including:1. National grants program open to all residents and organizations residing and actively working with heritage breeds in the United States.
2. The Northeast program focused on the region of the U.S. as defined by the U.S. Census bureau, which includes the states of: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Applicants must be residents or organizations of one of these states and actively working with heritage breeds.
3. Youth grants program open to all youth residents of the United State between the ages of 8-18 years old and actively working with heritage breeds.
Examples of expenditures include, but are not limited to, purchase of livestock or poultry, producer training programs, fences, facilities, supplies, and specialized equipment, or product marketing.
Applications may be submitted beginning August 15, 2019 and must be received at The Livestock Conservancy’s office no later than October 15th, 2019. Winners will be announced by February 1, 2020.
►►► If you are connected to organizations, networks, or people who may be interested, please forward this message to them.
For full program details and to apply, visit http://bit.ly/Micro-Grant.
The Livestock Conservancy™ l (919) 542-5704 l PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312
All talks will be held in Barn 1 E Center (Barn closest to Parking Lot).
Contest rules, highlights of changes for 2019 and the online registration form are now available!!!
New for 2019:
- Registration for the Fleece Show & Sale will take place online only. Details and a link to the form are on the Fleece Contest page.
- Fleece check-in for the Show and Sale will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 4 and 5, 2019, between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
- By popular demand, the Show and Sale will open earlier this year – Saturday at 9:00 a.m.!
- We will be accepting credit cards this year, in addition to cash and checks, for all fleece sales.
- There will be a 5% commission on all sales to help defray processing costs. We thank you for your understanding.
We will have a lot to discuss and work on as we prepare for our 25th festival. Please come out and join us at 7pm at my house. Please look ahead of time too in case of weather changes.
Please RSVP so I’ll know how many to expect.
760 Rosemont Ringoes Road, Stockton NJ 08559,
Home Phone: 609-460-4923
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.
|♦ List of Sheep Breeds|
|♦ Sheep Handling Videos|
|♦ Breed Comparison Chart|
|♦ Card Grading Protocols|
|♦ Heritage Sheep Brochure|
|♦ Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em Challenge|
2019 Status Changes
Highland Cattle Graduation and Other Conservation Updates
By C.R. Couch, D. P. Sponenberg, T. Coucher, A. Martin and J. Beranger
Critical … Threatened… Watch… Recovering… Graduation!
The Livestock Conservancy determines its conservation priorities based upon a breed’s annual number of registrations in the United States and its estimated global population size. This Conservation Priority List helps the Conservancy to target conservation efforts for more than 150 endangered livestock breeds.
A breed is no longer in need of continuous monitoring if annual registrations exceed 5,000, or if global numbers are greater than 25,000. Having a breed hit these benchmarks is always an occasion for celebration, because it means that the dedication and hard work of breeders have paid huge dividends.
St. Croix sheep moved up from the Threatened category to Watch. To make the move to the Watch category, the breed must have more 1,000 annual registrations in the United States and an estimated global population of more than 5,000. This breed of Caribbean sheep grows a hairy coat that they can shed each year, rather than a wooly one that needs to be shorn. They are also fairly small in stature. These traits make them quite heat tolerant, although they can thrive in many climates.
Horses: Highland Pony
Cattle: Belted Galloway
Updated 2019 Full CPL : https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/conservation-priority-list
The postcards soliciting entries for this year’s fleece show are now available. A sample is shown below.
I will be bringing them to our meeting on 5/22/19, but if you’re not able to attend and would like a supply for your local shearers, 4-H, Agway, etc., please let me know, and I’ll get some to you.
Thank you for your support!
On behalf of the Fleece Committee: Anne Choi, Marlene Halstead, Janet & Carter Laidlaw, and Judi Lehrhaupt
Download postcard shown below as a file (.jpg): http://njsheep.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-SHEARER_SAVE-THE-FLEECE-POSTCARD-042919.jpg.
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: ASI WEEKLY May 10, 2019
Are you a sheep, goat, alpaca or llama owner who has dealt with sudden unexplained losses in your herd? Maybe you’ve heard of meningeal worm, brain worm, or P. tenuis but you have questions about where it comes from and how to protect your livestock from it. Let us teach you how to determine your exposure risk, how to life hack your pasture to reduce transmission, and how to dose your prevention injections. We are even going to make sure you’ve been fed and watered for the night!