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

Description:

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.

Registration = https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2643229660935774223

Festival Speakers 2019

All talks will be held in Barn 1 E Center (Barn closest to Parking Lot).

 

4H – Brittany Smith

Sun. 2-3

 

Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD)  the Visible Fence – Doug YoungSat.  3-4

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
  • Liability Concerns
 

Pasture Management – Christian Bench

Sat. 1-2

 

 

Sheep 101 – Eunice Bench, Rosemont Valley Farm
Sat. 10-11 and Sun. 11-12

  • Starting with sheep
  • Picking a breed
  • Startup
  • Barn setup

 

 

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.

 

Farm Bureau – Doug Wengrun

 

 

Updated: 14-Aug-2019

2017 Contest Results

Breed Display

Waiting for results to be reported, contact Shelly Nussbaum

Fleece Show

2017 Fleece Show Results

Sheep Shows

Babydoll Classic  (No show in 2017) Commercial Grade
 Hampshire Jacob Meat (Open)
 Romney, White Romney, Natural Colored Shetland
 Wool-Fine & Medium Wool-Long

Shepherd’s Lead

Waiting for results to be reported, contact Shelly Nussbaum

Skein Contest

Contact North Country Spinners.

Updated: 15-Sep-2017

Working Dog Liability Insurance Available (ASI)

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.

Additional information is available at www.workingdogliabilityinsurance.comor by emailing Burdell Johnson at bjohnson@fafrm.com.

About Us

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.

Membership

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.

Meetings

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

President Eunice Bench (2015-2016)
Vice President Sue Posbergh (2015-2016)
Secretary Kevin Melvin (2015-2016)
Treasurer Reni Melvin (2015-2016)
Trustee Judi Lehrhaupt (2015-2017)
Trustee Andrea Holladay (2013-2015)
Trustee Shelley Nussbaum (2014-2015)
Trustee Jennifer Elgrim (2014-2016)
Trustee Royal Unziker (2014-2016)

Contact Information

GardenStateSheepBreeders@gmail.com

Garden State Sheep Breeders
P.O. Box Flemington, NJ 08822-0914
USA

Join our Yahoo group, OR catch up with us on Facebook to keep up to date on meetings, share and learn from others.