Book Your Hotel Now for ASI Annual Convention Jan 31 2018

Start planning now for the ASI Annual Convention. From the Hill Country to Capitol Hill will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2018, at the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter. Details on registration, schedules and speakers are still to come, but attendees can book hotel rooms now by visiting:

Additional information on the convention can be accessed at as it becomes available.

Webinar Addresses Going Live on Social Media

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance will offer a free webinar entitled How and When to Go Live on Social Channels on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. mountain daylight time.

In recent months, the major social channels have all launched live features where users can stream live video straight from their phone, tablet or desktop. In this month’s webinar, USFRA will examine various social channels’ live offerings, and go through when and how to “go live” on each channel.

To register, visit

Dairy Sheep Symposium Offers AI Presentations

Sheep producers who are considering the use Artificial Insemination to improve their flock genetics might want to consider attending the 2017 Symposium of the Dairy Sheep Association of North America, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Orford, Quebec, Canada.

The first day of this year’s symposium will be devoted entirely to AI. Speakers from Canada, Europe and the United States will present on AI techniques used in France, Iceland and Canada, both cervical and laparoscopic, with both frozen and fresh semen. Presenters will also discuss protocols that will improve conception rates and litter size in ewes who have been artificially inseminated.

Furthermore, a large number of dairy sheep producers who have begun using AI to incorporate European genetics into their flocks will be in attendance. Developments in AI techniques, as well as improved availability of internationally-sourced semen, are offering American sheep producers some real opportunities to broaden and improve their breed’s gene pool.

The symposium will be at the Estrimont Suites & Spa in Orford, in southern Quebec just north of Vermont. Attendees can register for just one day (i.e., for the day of AI presentations on Nov. 30th), or for the full symposium – which includes two days of presentations, a wine-and-cheese reception featuring Canadian sheep-milk cheeses, tours of two Quebecois sheep dairies and an optional cheese-making workshop.

For more details on the symposium schedule, go to

23rd Annual Dairy Sheep Symposium Nov 30-Dec 2 2017 Quebec

23rd Annual Dairy Sheep Symposium, Nov 30th – Dec 2nd 2017, Estrimont Suites and Spas, Orford (near Sherbrooke), Quebec.

This year’s Symposium, entitled “Profitability in Dairy Sheep Production”, will focus on genetics and nutrition of the dairy sheep flock. The Dairy Sheep Association of North America’s annual symposium travels to a different North American location every year. We are thrilled to be back in Quebec this year, in the middle of a vibrant community of sheep-milk producers and artisan cheesemakers. The 2017 symposium will include discussions on the development of long-term breeding plans, using milk data, the diet of dairy sheep, and the nutrition of youngstock; producer and cheesemaker panels; and presentations from dairy sheep researchers in Canada and the Roquefort region of France. There will also be visits to Quebec dairy sheep and cheesemaking operations — and don’t forget the banquet with dozens of DSANA members’ sheeps-milk cheeses!

For more information see Flyer  or
DSANA website (

Marie-Chantal Houde (, 819-578-7234)
Bee Tolman (, 315-655-0623)




Since 2007, prominent Oxford Breeders have donated lambs to establish a Foundation Flock.  The Foundation Flock is given annually to establish one new Oxford Flock.  The flock consists of quality Registered Oxford ewes   and one Registered Oxford ram.
To win the award flock, you must write an essay to the Oxford Foundation Flock Award Committee.  Include information about yourself, illustrate your goals and intentions with the animals should you win the award.  Please type your essay and e-mail it to by May 18.   Kindly include your mailing address and phone number.

The only request we ask of the Winner is to donate one ewe lamb within the first three years to a Foundation Flock. The Winner will be invited to attend the National Oxford Sale at Springfield, Illinois to receive their award.  If you cannot attend, other arrangements to  receive the flock will be made.  Good Luck!

Penn State Univ Sheep Shearing Classes 2017

Sheep Shearing Instruction

When: May 5, 2017 9:30 AM to May 6, 2017 3:00 PM
When: September 11, 2017 5:00 PM to September 12, 2017 8:30 PM

Course Details

Producers interested in learning to shear their own sheep, or those wishing a refresher course, can attend one of four training classes held in spring and fall throughout Pennsylvania.  Use the link below to be notified when classes near you are being held.


Spring General Meeting April 22nd and Note From the GSSB President

For our first general meeting this year, we are targeting Saturday, April 22nd. Time and location to be determined as a host volunteer is needed for this meeting.  If you are interested in hosting a general meeting or have topics that you would like covered during a general meeting, please let Reni  know.   

Note from the President Kevin Melvin:

Hi All,

As Mother Nature reminds us once again that she is the boss and delivers us a snow storm that feels more like February than mid-March followed by spring-like highs, I wanted to take the opportunity to send out my first message since becoming President of the group.

First I want to thank Eunice Bench for her time, tremendous efforts and her tireless work as President for more years than she probably cares to remember I look forward to her support and learning her secrets on being a successful President. Additionally I want to thank her for continuing on as the Festival Committee Chair and taking on the role of Treasurer.

Together with the other officers and committee members, we are planning for another great year for the club including a fabulous festival. In addition to regular festival planning committee meetings, we will continue to have general meetings at member’s farms on a weekend date in an effort to increase our meeting attendance. For our first general meeting this year, we are targeting Saturday, April 22nd. If you are interested in hosting a general meeting or have topics that you would like covered during a general meeting, please feel free to let Reni or myself know.

I have also set up a new email address for club business where you can reach me directly which is I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you in person at our general meeting on the 22nd Once we have firmed up the logistics for the meeting including time and location, we will send an email and update the website with the information.


Kevin Melvin


Bucks Montgomery PA Annual Wool Pool First Saturday in June

The Bucks/Montgomery Cooperative Wool Pool will hold it’s annual wool pool 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 3rd, at Delaware Valley University’s Roth Farm, 1260 Welsh Road, North Wales, Pa. (Date verified with the Wool Pool staff March 20, 2017).

The wool will be graded, sorted, bagged and loaded on a truck headed to a woolen mill in South Carolina. More than 23,000 pounds of wool was handled in 2015.

The wool will be graded by fiber diameter, length and color. Any wool producer from any county is welcome to sell their wool through this pool. No quantities are too big or too small.

Hand spinners and crafters also are welcome to buy fleeces by the pound from noon to 1 p.m..

The wool pool is a collaborative effort between Penn State Extension, Delaware Valley University and the Wool Pool Cooperative. For more information, call Bob Brown, Penn State Extension, at 215-345-3283.

Date:    Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time:     7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Roth Farm of Delaware Valley College
Rtes. 63 & 202, Upper Gwynedd

8 miles west of DVC main campus

Source (2016 notice, 2017 not yet posted):

Also check the following Facebook pages:

Bucks Montgomery County Wool Pool


PSU Extension Montgomery County