Heritage Livestock Microgrant Program Application Open

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

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

Fleece Show and Sale Registration is Open for 2019

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.

Festival Meeting July 24 2019 7-9PM at Home of Eunice Bench

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.

Thanks,

Eunice

760 Rosemont Ringoes Road, Stockton NJ 08559,
Home Phone: 609-460-4923

 

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

2019 Livestock Conservancy Conservation Priority List (CPL) Available

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.

Graduated
Cattle: Highland

New Breeds
Horses: Highland Pony

Improved
Cattle: Florida Cracker
Sheep: St. Croix
Pigs: Hereford

Declined
CattleBelted Galloway

 

Source:   https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/2019-cpl-changes

Updated 2019 Full CPL :  https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/conservation-priority-list

2019 Fleece Contest Postcards Available

Greetings!

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!

Anita Duscher,

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 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

Meningeal Worm Prevention May 20 Waretown NJ RSVP by May 15

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!