American Sheep Industry (ASI) Sponsored Webinar on Wool for Specialty Markets

American Sheep Industry (ASI) Sponsored Webinar on Wool for Specialty Markets
A two-part webinar presented by the American Sheep Industry Association will discuss Wool for Specialty Markets on Oct. 28 and 29, beginning at 6 p.m. mountain time each day. The webinar will be available through Zoom.
Part one of the webinar will focus on producing the best wool for handspinners and fiber enthusiasts. Part two will help producers prepare their wool, learn the ins and outs of working with a small mill, and discover what products they might sell, as well as where to sell their premium wool.
Wool for Specialty Markets Webinar Registration is available now and limited to 100 participants. Recordings will be available at after the webinar is completed.

Conservation and Comeback of Heritage Breed Sheep – ASI Webinar

Tue, Sep 8, 2020 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM EDT

Presenter: Jeannette Beranger, Senior Program Manager The Livestock Conservancy

Producer Panelists: Leslie Johnson, Brian Larson, and Oogie McGuire.

Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, Department of Agricultural Economics University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Time: 8:00 PM Eastern; 7:00 PM Central; 6:00 PM Mountain; 5:00 PM Pacific


In this webinar we will explore the amazing diversity of heritage sheep breeds found in America and how many are making a remarkable comeback as interest grows in small scale shepherding and in natural fiber arts. We will learn about the decades long effort to bring rare sheep back from the brink of extinction and current efforts to develop new markets for their products. Join us in this discussion about the conservation work and then listen to experiences of several rare breed sheep farmers as they recount the journey they have undertaken with their amazing sheep breeds.

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the Let’s Grow Committee of the American Sheep Industry Association.

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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


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)
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.


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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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 – or JoBeth Rath – 585.402.2059 – to customize your sponsorship!  All donations are tax deductible and are administered by the National AgrAbility Project at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.

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.


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


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: ASI WEEKLY May 10, 2019

Livestock Conservancy Shave Em to Save Em Campaign


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:


Hidden Powers of a Sheep

Nice article in the winter issue of Craftsman Quarterly:

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.