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!

Apply Now For 2019 ASI Sheep Heritage Scholarship

Through the American Sheep Industry Association, the Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 is being made available for sheep-related graduate studies.

The scholarship is for the advancement of the American sheep industry through financial support of a graduate-level (M.S. or Ph.D.) student who is attending a school in the United States.

Requirements for applying include:

  • Be a graduate student involved in sheep and/or wool research in such areas as animal science, agriculture economics or veterinary medicine with proof of graduate school acceptance.
  • Complete an application.
  • Present two letters of reference.

Click Here to download the application or obtain a copy by contacting ASI, Attn: Memorial Scholarship, 9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 360, Englewood, CO 80112-2692, by calling 303-771-3500 ext. 107, or by emailing angela@sheepusa.org.

Applications must be received in the office by May 31 and the 2019 scholarship recipient will be announced in June or July.

General Meeting 20 April 2019 at 11:30AM

Hi All,

Well spring is in the air and that means it’s time to plan our GSSB Spring General Meeting. This year’s Spring General Meeting will take place on 20 Apr 19 @ 11:30 AM. The meeting will be hosted by Bob and Diane May and their family at Swayze Inn Farm in Hope, NJ. We will have our general meeting, a farm tour and a session on participating in a breed up program including the use of CIDRs to cycle ewes, laparoscopic artificial insemination techniques and pregnancy check via ultrasound. As always dress comfortable and wear farm clothes. Meeting will be rain or shine and lunch will be served.

Our general meeting agenda will include an update on our Youth Ambassador program, an update from this year’s ASI meeting as well as a report out on last year’s festival along with the plans for this year which is our 25th annual festival. For members in attendance we will have our ever popular door prize drawings at the end of the meeting.

The May’s Swayze Inn Farm is located in Warren County, NJ and the address can be found in the Member’s Directory.  Bob’s email address is newjerseyjacobs@yahoo.com and the farm’s website is SwayzeInnFarm.com.

This is an opportunity to meet the new slate of officers and interact with other regional shepherds in addition to learning about some breeding practices and experiences from seasoned breeders and a veterinarian who is a reproduction specialist.

We would like to get a head count for lunch so please let Bob know if you will be attending as well if you may have any food allergies.

Look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Cheers,

Kevin M.

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

 

Hidden Powers of a Sheep

Nice article in the winter issue of Craftsman Quarterly:

https://craftsmanship.net/the-hidden-powers-of-a-sheep/

Judith Schwartz writes about the people who are trying to turn around the near disappearance of American wool processing within the United States.  Ecological reasons for keeping sheep (they contribute to carbon sequestrian if pastures are managed correctly), natural dying,  and efforts to make  American wool products competitive (based on value not on cost) with Chinese products made from American wool.

2019 Trustees Election Results

The election completed. Of the 39 eligible voters: 22 ballots were submitted and 3 opened their ballots but did not vote (56% voted).  We use weighted ballots for elections (personal members have 1 vote, family members 2 votes).

President – 2 year term (2019 – 2020)

35.0 votes tallied and 0 abstentions from 22 ballots

Kevin Melvin wins with 100% of the vote

 

Vice President – 2 year term (2019 – 2020)

35.0 votes tallied and 0 abstentions from 22 ballots

Bob May wins with 100% of the vote

 

Treasurer  – 2 year term (2019 – 2020)

33.0 votes tallied and 1 abstention from 22 ballots

Anita Duscher wins with 100% of the vote

 

Trustees – 3 year term (2019 – 2021)

64.0 votes tallied and 2 abstentions from 22 ballots

Carter Laidlaw and Brittany Smith wins with 50% and 45.3 of the vote each.

PLEASE NOTE:  A new ballot for Secretary will go out to all members at 6PM Feb. 8 2019 due to a ballot error.  The voting period will be 2 weeks.