Oct. 28 – Pennsylvania Sheep & Wool Growers Shepherd’s Symposium on Feeding for Performance and Profit – PA Furnace, Penn. – http://www.pasheep.com
Shepherds now have a place to find all the latest information on sheep production, industry research conducted at Ohio State, and daily management tips. The recently rebuilt The Ohio State University Extension Sheep Team blog page can be found at http://u.osu.edu/sheep/.
The site is managed by Sheep Team Program Coordinator Brady Campbell and includes contributions from the more than 25 Ohio State faculty and staff who each have unique interests in sustaining the sheep industry. Once at the site, readers will find current management information, a listing of upcoming events, research summaries and a library of resources.
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 www.dsana.org.
To support animal disease traceability and scrapie eradication efforts, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has provided both metal and plastic ear tags and applicators to sheep and goat producers – at no cost – since fiscal year 2002.
These changes will reduce APHIS tag and applicator costs while still providing sheep and goat producers with a free identification device. APHIS will provide a limited number of plastic tags to producers newly enrolled in the Scrapie Free Flock Certification Program who submit tissues for scrapie surveillance in order to encourage on-farm scrapie surveillance.
The agency will continue to work closely in partnership with states and industry to achieve scrapie eradication.
2017 ASI Convention Presentations
VFD and Dr. Grandin videos from the 2017 ASI Annual Meeting are available on the ASI YouTube Channel at SheepUSA1 or at www.sheepusa.org at News and Media > Video
2017 Industry Sponsors — A special Thank You to our Industry Sponsors who help to make this event the success it has become.
Thursday Genetic Stakeholders, Animal Health and PERC Meetings
NSIP vs Non-NSI Sires
Reid Redden, Ph.D., Texas A&M
Genetic Trends Over Time with Breeds on NSIP
Rusty Burgett, NSIP Program Director
Scrapie Eradication Program Update
Diane Sutton, DVM, USDA/APHIS/VS
Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture – Sheep
Mike Murphy DVM, JD, Ph.D., DABVT, DABT; Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of the Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA
Animal Health Committee Updates
Cindy Wolf, DVM, and Jim Logan, DVM – Animal Health Committee Co-Chairs
Research Update from the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
Brad A. Freking, Ph.D., USDA, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
National Wildlife Research Center Update
Larry Clark, Ph.D.
Livestock Protection Dog Update
Julie Young, Ph.D. and Daniel Kinka
Thursday State Executives/Contacts Meeting
Tri Lamb AUS/NZ Tour
Ryan Mahoney, 2016/17 Tri Lamb Young Leader
Let’s Grow Funding and Resources
Alan Culham, Let’s Grow Coordinator
Thursday Resource Management Council Meeting
Public Lands Council
Ethan Lane, PLC Executive Director
National Grazing Lands Council Sterring Committee
Ben Lehfeldt, ASI Representative to Grazing Committee
Domestic Small Ruminants & Bighorn Sheep Respiratory Disease Research
M. A. Highland, DVM, DACVP, PhDc; USDA-ARS Animal Disease Research Unit
Control of Infectious Diseases
Don Knowles, DVM, Ph.D.; USDA-ARS Animal Disease Research Unit
Thursday and Friday Wool Council Meetings
State of Objective Measurement Industry
Angus McColl, Yoco-McColl Testing Laboratories
World Wool Market, 2017
Goetz Giebel, ASI Wool Consultant
Business in China
Kitty Gu, ASI Wool Consultant
Responsible Wool Standard Update
Lisa Surber, Ph.D., ASI Wool Consultant
Agriculture Marketing Service Report
Chris Dias, AMS Market Reporter
Friday Lamb Council and American Lamb Board Meeting
Food Service Trends and American Lamb
Mary Humann, American Lamb Board
Lamb Quality / Flavor Researcj
Karissa Maneotis, Colorado State University
Livestock Mandatory Reporting
Erica Sanko and USDA/AMS
Instrument Augmented Lamb Grading Status of the Industry
Willie Horne, Ph.D., USDA/AMS
Lamb Market: Situation and Outlook
James Robb, Director, Livestock Marketing Information Center
Friday Legislative Action Council Meeting
Best Practices and Federal Overview
Jim Richards, Cornerstone Government Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Friday Let’s Grow Committee Meeting
Leading Edge Sheep Producers
Tom Boyer (Utah) and Brandon Bitner (Utah)
Use of Electronic ID to Enhance Lamb Productivity & Value-Based Marketing
Reid Redden, Ph.D. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Brad Anderson, Mountain States Rosen
S.D. Post Weaning Lamb Performance Program
Dave Ollila, SDSU Extension and Jeff Held, Ph.D., SDSU Extension
Fine Wool Consortium
Ben Lehfeldt and Rusty Burgett, NSIP Program Director
Grass Based Pipestone in the Southeast
Friday Board of Directors Informational Session
Veterinary Feed Directives for the Sheep Industry — How Did We Get Here? And What Do We Do Now?
Meg Oeller, DVM – Director, Office of Minor Use & Minor Species, FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine
Watch the presentation video on ASI’s YouTube Channel at SheepUSA1
Farm to Feet
Kelly Nester – Nester Hosiery
John Fernsell – Twizel, Inc.
What is a brand?
John Bellina – Brand Juice
Political Discussion, or…What the heck happened???
Jim Richards – Cornerstone Government Affairs
Tri-Lamb Young Leaders
Brad Osguthorpe – Utah
Karissa Maneotis – Colorado
Katie Olagaray – Kansas/California
Ryan Mahoney – California
Friday and Saturday ASI Young Entrepreneurs SessionS
Crossbreeding to Improve Productivity
Dave Notter, Ph.D., Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech
Social Networking and Your Flock
Emily Buck, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Transition Planning is Optional – Well, Kinda!!!
David Specht, Family Dynamics National Development Manager
Tri-lamb Young Leaders
Brad Osguthorpe – Utah
Katie Olagaray – Kansas
Kariss Maneotis – Colorado
Ryan Mahoney – California
Saturday Board of Directors Meeting
Conducting a proof of concept for differentiating the inherent differences in flavor that exists among American lamb using volatile flavor compound analysis.
Karissa Maneotis, Colorado State University
American Sheep Industry Incident Management (ie. Emergency Response)
Linda A. Detwiler, DVM
2017 Face of Farming and Ranching
Emily Buck, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Responsible Animal Care
Rita Kourlis Samuelson, ASI Director of Wool Marketing
Responsible Wool Standard
Lisa Surber, Ph.D., ASI Raw Wool Service
National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Update
Steve Lee, NSIIC Executive Director
National Lamb Feeders Association Update
Bob Harlan, NLFA President
National Livestock Producers Association Update
Scott Stuart, NLPA Executive Director
Let’s Grow Committee Update
Susan Shultz, Let’s Grow Chair
Dan Morrical, Ph.D., professor of animal science at Iowa State University, discussed the appropriate balance of minerals and vitamins in sheep flocks with nearly 150 attendees during this week’s Let’s Grow webinar. Refining Our Nutrition Program to Meet the Mineral and Vitamin Needs of Our Sheep, was designed to help producers understand the current problems that occur when sheep are not appropriately supplemented.
Attendee comments were very positive stating, “Great information, good use of my time. The session was just the right amount of time. The instructor was very knowledgeable. I can’t wait to attend more of these webinars.” and “This is a difficult and confusing topic that was explained and presented in a way that made sense. I learned many new things tonight. Thank you.”
Those unable to attend the webinar can access a recording of the event as well as view the slides that were used for the presentation by visiting the Resources section of www.growourflock.org.
Iowa State University Animal Science Professor Dan Morrical, Ph.D., will join host Jay Parson, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, to present the next Let’s Grow Webinar – Refining Our Nutrition Program to Meet the Mineral and Vitamin Needs of our Sheep Flocks – on July 19 at 7 p.m. CDT.
Minerals and vitamins are not required in large amounts but inadequate quantities or imbalances of these nutrients can create quite a problem in flocks. Excess copper is probably the primary toxicity seen in sheep flocks. Increased molybdenum and sulfur can both reduce copper absorption and is an example of how minerals interact to impact sheep. This program is aimed at helping producers understand the current problems that happen when sheep are not appropriately supplemented. Additionally, there will be a focus on reviewing mineral tags and understanding what they say and how they need to be fed. The last portion of the presentation will focus on how to make modifications to existing diets to improve the production of flocks.
This webinar is being presented as a follow up to the well-received program given in 2015 by Robert Van Saun, Ph.D., Dietary Supplements: A Necessity or Folly. That webinar is available on the Let’s Grow webpage at www.sheepusa.org/Growourflock_Resources_EducationalWebinars.
Register to participate in the July program by going to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8004453821931145730.
|Purina Animal Nutrition Initiates Recall of Purina Medicated Sheep Feed due to Elevated Copper Level|
|Purina Animal Nutrition Initiates Recall of Purina Medicated Sheep Feed due to Elevated Copper Level – Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Purina® Lamb Grower® B30 Medicated Sheep Feed packaged in the green and white generic paper LAND O LAKES® Feed bags.
The single lot number is:
Formula No. L329
The product was distributed in Ohio and Pennsylvania during the dates of May 12, 2016 through June 22, 2016.
Visit our home page at http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/default.htm
|The Livestock Conservancy is excited to announce an upcoming training event for all farmers who are interested in farming with Heritage breeds. This workshop also has helpful information for beginning farmer Veterans.
“From Service to Stewardship” will take place May 20-21, in Remington, VA.
–Unique on-farm training at 4 different farms–
Lakota Ranch is a model for organic and grass-based beef operation and home of the grass based bull test. (Red Devon cattle)
Old Gjerpen Farm uses mixed rotational grazing practices, careful selection and line-breeding to produce top quality breeding animals, meat, and fleeces. (Leicester Longwool sheep and Milking Devon cattle)
Hock-Newberry Farm is an organically-managed, multi-species, rotational-grazing farm. They will discuss secrets of multi-species grazing, lowering the costs of top quality inputs, using low-cost electric fencing to make the most of rented land, and direct marketing. (American Guinea Hog, Nubian goats)
Ayrshire Farm uses Certified Humane®, organic, sustainable farming methods. (Shire horses, Scottish Highland cattle, Ancient White Park cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spots hogs, and several breeds of free-range chickens, turkeys, and ducks)
2 Day Workshop Topics Include
Questions or comments regarding this workshop may be directed to:
- April 23-24 – 24th Annual Washington County (N.Y.) Fiber Tour – http://washingtoncountyfibertour.org
- April 25 – Webinar Covering Parasites – Pipestone Veterinary Services – www.pipevet.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=4333894A73B44CD8B58074CEC3D6C95C
- April 30 – Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival – Tolland Ag Center, Vernon, CT (Hosting FAMACHA Course)- www.ctsheep.com
- May 4-6 – Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival Shepherd Seminars – http://sheepandwool.org
- May 6-7 – Maryland Sheep Festival All-Breeds Show (May 6) and Sale (May 7) – West Friendship, Md. – www.bannersheepmagazine.com
- May7-8 – Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival – West Friendship, Md. — www.sheepandwool.org
- May 14-15 – New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival – Deerfield, N.H. – www.nhswga.org
- May 24 – ASI Let’s Grow Webinar – Value of Genetic Traits by Dr. Ron Lewis
- May 28-29 – 42nd Annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair – Cummington — www.MASHEEPWOOL.org
- June 11-12 – CNY Fiber Arts Festival – Bouckville, N.Y. – www.cnyfiber.org
- July 10-14 – 2016 Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School – Columbus, Ohio – firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-364-5468, applications www.nlfa-sheep.org/leadership.html
- July 19 – ASI Let’s Grow Webinar – Nutrition and Supplementation by Dr. Dan Morrical