Ohio State Extension Rebuilds Sheep Team Blog

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.

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 www.dsana.org.

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.

Source: https://extension.psu.edu/animals/sheep/courses/sheep-shearing-instruction

2016 Livestock Conservancy Conference, Amherst MA Nov. 3-5

Registration Now Open
2016 Livestock Conservancy Conference

 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
November 3 – 5, 2016

Thursday Evening Reception
Networking and Poster Session

Friday PreConference INTENSIVE Clinics

  • Creating and Marketing Value-Added Products with Rare Breeds
  • Introduction to Cattle Management
  • Breed Association – Routes to Success (Part I) The nuts and bolts of operating an association
  • Breed Association – Routes to Success (Part II) – Where’s the money and how can my association get some?
  • Mirco Dairying
  • Sheep Artificial Insemination

Conference Workshops
Shetland sheep: Soil Carbon Restoration Superheroes
Selecting Cattle for Success
Heritage Chicks in the Classroom
Semen Import Roundtable
American Guinea Hogs: Homestead Hog and Chef’s
Saving Rare Equine Breeds
Not Every Pig is a Breeder and Why
Seed Savers Integrated Management System
Milking Devon Cattle
Import Roundtable
The SVF Story
Practical Website and Facebook Marketing for the Busy Farmer and more!

Source: Livestock Conservancy

Let’s Grow Webinar Talks Sheep Nutrition – July 19

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.

“From Service to Stewardship” New Farmer Training May 20-21, Remington, VA

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.
Full details and online registration are located at:

–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

  • Demonstrations and Networking
  • Poultry Processing, breeding, husbandry
  • Scything
  • Rotational Grazing and pasture management
  • Tractor Selections
  • Milking and Oxen
  • Fence building
  • Getting started

Questions or comments regarding this workshop may be directed to:
Alison Martin
Executive Director, Livestock Conservancy
(919) 542-5704 Ext. 105


NE and Mid-Atlantic Sheep Events and Webinars April thru July 2016


Shepherd Workshops at MD Sheep and Wool Festival

Shepherd Workshops

We are pleased to present the following Shepherd Workshops at the 2016 Festival. We are again offering online registration with a paper registration option. All online and paper registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis, until classes are filled. Paper registrations received after classes are filled will be returned. You may inquire at the Information Tent during the Festival for information on any classes that still have openings.

Registration Information

Refer to online registration instructions for additional information about registering online.

Free Lecture: Understanding How Physiological and Environmental Limitations Can Effect Wool Growth with Dr. Martin Dally, PhD.

This seminar will cover the many factors that affect wool growth. Both physiological and environment

JS50 Keeping Parasites at Bay with Dr. Andrea Loar, DVM

Most producers are familiar with the FAMACHA system of parasite detection, but more recently, the 5

JS51 Best Breeding Practices with Dr. Andrea Loar, DVM

Curious about using CIDRs for heat synchronization? Ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis? Embryo transfer?

JS52 Differences Among Sheep Breeds for Growth, Carcass and Meat Quality Traits with Dr. Kreg Leymaster, PhD.

Dr. Leymaster will explain why experimental comparisons of breeds are important and how results can

JS53 New Approaches to Eradicate Ovine Progressive Pneumonia with Dr. Kreg Leymaster, PhD.

This seminar will review symptoms and impacts of OPP on flock productivity, describe the discovery o

JS54 Get Greater Genetic Improvement with Cooperative Breeding Schemes with Dr. Kreg Leymaster, PhD.

Common constraints to genetic improvement by the seedstock industry and how these constraints can be

JS55 What are the Production Limits for Easy-Care Sheep? With Dr. Kreg Leymaster, PhD.

Common perceptions about sheep management will be questioned and related to profitability. Using exp

Details and registration.

Parasite Management Webinar from Pipestone Vet Services

WHEN: April 25th, 7:00 p.m. CST

WHERE: Online

WHAT: Join Veterinarians Dr. G.F. Kennedy, Dr. Jay Bobb and Dr. Larry Goelz for a webinar covering:

  • Life cycle of stomach worms
  • Control, management, choice of wormers
  • Tape Worms
  • Coccidiosis
  • Lice, Keds, Heel Mites, and Meningeal worm

You can access from anywhere online. After purchasing we will send you the login information for the webinar. Purchase access to this one webinar for $20 OR  you can get access to this webinar and much more through the Pipestone Shepherd’s Club.

Sign up

Direct link:  http://www.pipevet.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=4333894A73B44CD8B58074CEC3D6C95C