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.
A Commonsense Approach to Livestock Guardian Dogs – Protecting Your Livestock Investment
What Is a Livestock Guardian Dog?
Benefits to the Livestock Owner
Guarding Dogs Versus Herding Dogs
The 3 Traits (Components) of an Effective LGD
Overview of The Livestock Guardian Dog Breeds
Selecting A Breeder
How To Choose A Puppy
Life Stages of Livestock Guardian Dogs
Pasture Management – Christian Bench
Sheep 101 – Eunice Bench, Rosemont Valley Farm
Sat. 10-11 and Sun. 11-12
Starting with sheep
Picking a breed
Small Scale Manure Management – Mike Westendorf
Sat. 11-12 and Sun. 10-11
Valais Blacknose Sheep
Sat. 2-3 and Sun. 12-1
This session is being presented by the Directors of the Valais Blacknose Sheep Association of North America and Teton Valais Blacknose Sheep Company.
Valais Blacknose sheep originated in Switzerland and are called “the cutest sheep in the world!” for good reason! Valais Blacknose sheep are friendly, personable, absolutely adorable, and produce beautiful, soft, curly locks of fast growing wool spun into fiber/yarn. They are not in the United States, nor can they be imported, but frozen semen can be.
Please join this session and be introduced to the sheep and learn about how you can become a Valais Blacknose Sheep Breeder and own one of the Worlds cutest sheep.
Working Dog Liability Insurance is for livestock producers who use guardian dogs to protect their livestock from predators or other risks and herding dogs to assist in the management of their flock.
Frequently, producers have no liability protection from incidents related to guardian and herding dogs as most farm and ranch insurance policies exclude working dogs or dogs that “may show aggressive tendencies.” Livestock producers can be at risk for liability claims, such as dog bites, property loss or damage caused by working dogs. Even if your dog does what it is trained and supposed to do, if a third party is harmed, the livestock or dog owner could be liable.
WDLI was created by and for the livestock industry to assist with these claims. It provides $50,000 of liability per incident and $100,000 annual aggregate.
The coverage is only available to members of a state sheep association (GSSB is an ASI State Sheep Assoc.) and is sold by the agency and insurance company owned by the sheep industry – Food and Fiber Risk Mangers and Bear Lake Insurance Company.
The Garden State Sheep Breeders is a non-profit, educational organization promoting sheep and wool products in New Jersey. We regularly hold educational and business meetings, sponsor awards at events where sheep and wool products are featured, and host an annual sheep and fiber festival.
Most of our members have small flocks and are hobby farmers. Many sell breeding stock, wool products, and handmade craft items. Membership dues:
$5/year Assoc. Member (ages 10-18)
$15/year Single Member
$20/year Family Membership.
See the membership form for more information.
Our meetings feature speakers talking on a variety of sheep related subjects. Recent topics have been on lambing, pasture management, color sheep genetics and making cheese from sheep’s milk.
Meetings are open to the public. In 2016 they will be hosted by members. The dates and locations will be listed on our Yahoo and Facebook sites and on this site.
Board of Directors
Eunice Bench (2015-2016)
Sue Posbergh (2015-2016)
Kevin Melvin (2015-2016)
Reni Melvin (2015-2016)
Judi Lehrhaupt (2015-2017)
Andrea Holladay (2013-2015)
Shelley Nussbaum (2014-2015)
Jennifer Elgrim (2014-2016)
Royal Unziker (2014-2016)
Garden State Sheep Breeders
P.O. Box Flemington, NJ 08822-0914
Join our Yahoo group, OR catch up with us on Facebook to keep up to date on meetings, share and learn from others.