Barclay Farmstead – Seeking Sheep For Living History Day Shearing Demo

The Friends of Barclay Homestead, a non-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1975 to promote the historic, educational, and interpretive activities of the Barclay Farmstead in Cherry Hill, NJ, is in need of sheep for their Living History Day demonstration of shearing on October 9, 2022.

There will be related wool spinning, weaving, and children’s crafts to make history come alive for visitors.

If you can bring a sheep (or two) and/or help shear, please contact Beth at 856-745-7519, or email her at bethilyssabecker@verizon.net.

 

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ASI Research Update Podcast: Antibiotic Use Regulations

This month’s American Sheep Industry Association Research Update Podcast takes a look at the use of antibiotics and upcoming changes to domestic regulations with veterinarian Rosie Busch from the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
The Food and Drug Administration will implement a new guidance recommending that drug manufacturers label all antibiotics as prescription-only beginning in June of 2023.
“That means we won’t be able to see these medically important antibiotics over the counter at feed stores or even if we’re buying them online,” Busch said. “Things like Valley Vet and other online pharmacies, we’ll see them there, but they will require a prescription in order to be able to buy them.”
It’s also important to note that veterinarians can’t legally write a prescription for antibiotics unless they have a veterinarian-client patient relationship.
“There is a federal definition, and states can have their own definition, but it has to meet the federal requirements,” Busch said. “Some states decided to go above and beyond that. Basically, it means that the veterinarian is familiar with you and your operation and animals. Usually it requires a visit, and that’s where it can vary from state to state.”
In addition to listening to the podcast, look for more information on the upcoming changes in the September issue of ASI’s Sheep Industry News.

Idaho’s “Trailing of the Sheep Festival” to Spotlight Women in Ranching

This year’s Sheep Tales Gathering at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Idaho will present unique stories from three different ranches in the West.

Marcia Barinaga’s ranching story is steeped in her family’s Basque heritage, starting a ranch on her own in California. What began as a dairy farm has now transitioned into one that produces fiber. Alongside Marcia will be Julie Hansmire’s story of continuing the family ranch after losing her husband. Although a hard-working rancher by day (and often night), Julie tries to make time for a life outside of ranching in Colorado.

Also, not to be missed are the stories of the mother/daughter team of Andrée and Bianca Soares, who manage the family’s commercial sheep and goat business, sharing a commitment to both targeted grazing and protecting the land from the threat of wildfire. This conversation will be moderated by multi-generation Idaho rancher Mike Guerry.

Each fall, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival honors the 150+ year annual tradition of moving sheep (trailing) from high mountain summer pastures down through the valley to traditional winter grazing and lambing areas in the south. This annual migration is living history and the focus of a unique and authentic festival that celebrates the people, arts, cultures and traditions of Idaho’s sheep ranching families, while highlighting the principal contributors – the Basques, Scottish and Peruvians.

The five-day festival – Oct. 5-9 this year – includes non-stop activities in multiple venues focusing on history, folk arts, a sheep folklife fair, lamb culinary offerings, a wool festival with classes and workshops, music, dance, storytelling, and championship sheepdog trials. In addition, the always entertaining Big Sheep Parade with 1,500 sheep hoofing it down Main Street in Ketchum, Idaho, remains a highlight of the festivities.

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Free Fecal Egg Count Analysis from University of Rhode Island

Building on Success: Expanding Opportunities for Sustainable Management of Small Ruminant GI Parasites USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (LNE19-381) 

Small Ruminant Producers:

Do you want more parasite-resistant animals?

Summer 2022: Free Fecal Egg Count (FEC) analysis

to assist with selective breeding for resistance to gastrointestinal worms

AVAILABLE TO:

New or current National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) members either in or marketing to the Northeast who want to generate Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) for parasite resistance.

Producers must be able to obtain and ship fecal samples once or twice (at least 4 weeks later) following NSIP recommendations.

Animals must NOT have been dewormed within 4 weeks of sampling.

Fecal egg counts can be conducted for all young stock whose data is being submitted to NSIP.

For more information on the benefits of membership in NSIP please visit http://nsip.org/ or contact the NSIP Program Director, Rusty Burgett, (info@nsip.org).

– OR –

Non-NSIP members living in New England, NY, NJ, PA, WV, MD, DE

Have a history of problems with gastrointestinal nematode worms.

Are FAMACHA©certified (online training program is available).

Are willing to share FAMACHA©scores as well as general herd/flock information/history.

Have the ability to obtain and ship fecal samples once or twice (at least 4 wks later).

Animals must NOT have been dewormed within 4 weeks of sampling.

To allow us to provide this service to the maximum number of producers we are focusing the FEC testing on young replacement animals.

FAMACHA©scores can be used to indicate that worm season is active and will provide fecal egg counts high enough for meaningful analysis (minimum herd average >500 eggs/g). Scores of 3 or higher in 10% or more of your flock/herd or an overall upward trend in FAMACHA©scores away from normal 1’s and 2’s indicate increasing parasite loads. Peak parasite season occurs typically from mid-July through mid-September in most of the U.S. NSIP producers should plan on submitting a first set up samples in July to allow for the 30 to 45 days needed before sending the second set of samples.

We prefer that first samples are taken by Mid-August 2022 but samples will be accepted for analysis through September 30, 2022.

Please complete the Pre-Registration to receive further information.

Access the Pre-Registration by clicking here for the link.

Please contact Elizabeth Kass or Dr. Katherine Petersson, University of Rhode Island at urisheepandgoat@etal.uri.edu with any questions.

For more information on small ruminant parasite control visit our website at http://web.uri.edu/sheepngoat.

ASI Webinar: Data Driven Decisions – Incorporating Electronic ID into Flock Management

You’re invited to join the next American Sheep Industry webinar on Tuesday, July 12 when Dr. Cindy Wolf and Dr. Jim Logan, ASI Animal Health Committee Co-Chairs, will host a presentation by Julie A. Frinzel (Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension) followed by a producer panel discussion on incorporating Electronic ID into flock management.

You can register for the webinar by clicking the ‘Register Now’ link below. This will afford you not only access to the live webinar but also follow up emails with links to the webinar recording and PowerPoint slides. This webinar is made possible by the generous support of the American Sheep Industry Association.

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Data Driven Decisions: Incorporating EID in Flock Management

Join us for a webinar on July 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM CDT.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/809431197692339469

This is the second of a two-part series on using EID technology in the sheep industry. In this webinar, ASI Animal Health Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Jim Logan and Dr. Cindy Wolf, will host a presentation by Julie A. Frinzel (Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension) followed by a producer panel discussion.

Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Presentation: Data Driven Decisions: Electronic ID Tags and Genetic Selection (30 mins)
    • Presenter – Julie Finzel (Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension) is based in Bakersfield, California and has been an extension Advisor with the University of California for 10 years. She is a second generation rancher and holds a Masters in Rangeland Ecology and Management.
  • Producer Panel: Incorporating EID into Flock Management (1 hour including questions from participants)
    • Panelists:
      • Elaine Palm, Great Lakes Lamb LLC, West Branch, Michigan – Elaine is a partner at Great Lakes Lamb LLC, her family’s farm in Michigan, where she and her two parents raise sheep for meat and for breeding stock, plus the crops and pasture that support the sheep flock. She and her husband Rick have goals to raise a new generation on the farm beginning in August with the anticipated arrival of their first baby. Like many farmers, Elaine and Rick have careers off the farm and spend many mornings, evenings, weekends and vacation days building the farm business.
      • Kristen Bieber, Targhee producer in Brockway, Montana – Kristen runs registered and commercial Targhee flocks with her husband, Cord, in Eastern Montana. They started using IED tags in the registered sheep to aid in collecting data for NSIP and then tagged all of the commercial sheep with EIDs to help in management decisions.
      • Ryan Mahoney, Emigh Livestock, Dixon, CA – Ryan is President and CEO of Emigh Livestock, Inc, which traces its roots back to 1877 when the Emigh family first settled in the hills near Rio Vista California to farm and raise sheep.

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the American Sheep Industry Association.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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ASI Webinar: Overview of EID Technology and Its Uses

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You’re invited to join the next American Sheep Industry webinar on Thursday, June 23, 2022 when Dr. Cindy Wolf and Dr. Jim Logan, ASI Animal Health Committee Co-Chairs, will be joined by Dan Persons (Shearwell) and Brandon Manning (Merck) to provide an “Overview of EID Technology and Its Uses.”

You can register for the webinar by clicking the ‘Register Now’ link below. This will afford you not only access to the live webinar but also follow up emails with links to the webinar recording and PowerPoint slides. This webinar is made possible by the generous support of the American Sheep Industry Association. Let me know if you have any questions.

Regards,
Jay Parsons

Overview of EID Technology and Its Uses

Join us for a webinar on June 23, 2022 at 7:00 PM CDT.

Register now!

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1161373874161293072

This webinar is the first of a two-part webinar series on using EID technology in the sheep industry. In this webinar, ASI Animal Health Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Jim Logan and Dr. Cindy Wolf, will host presentations by Dan Persons and Brandon Manning to provide an overview of the Electronic Identification technology that is available today and how it is adding benefit to the sheep industry.

Agenda:

  • Welcome/information about the webinar – 5 mins
  • Purpose of the Webinar Series – 10 mins
  • Presentations:
    • Presenter 1 – Dan Persons – RFID On-Farm and in Animal Disease Traceability (25 mins)
    • Presenter 2 – Brandon Manning – Utilizing Low Frequency ID in Flock Management & Official ID (25 mins)
  • Participant Q and A – 15 mins (or longer if necessary)
  • Wrap up – 10 mins.
  • Information about Webinar 2 on July 12.

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the American Sheep Industry Association.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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ASI Webinar: Integrated Parasite Management Strategies for Sheep Producers

Integrated Parasite Management Strategies for Sheep Producers

Join us for a webinar on May 24, 2022 at 8:00 PM EDT.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/785372782430938639

Presenter:
Dr. Andrew Weaver
Extension Specialist, Small Ruminants
North Carolina University

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:
Parasites continue to be a significant challenge for sheep production across the country. The failure of dewormers to adequately treat parasite infections has resulted in the need for alternative parasite management strategies. Unfortunately, there is no single cure. Rather, an integrated approach is needed where multiple strategies are implemented for effective parasite control. These strategies can include environment-based approaches as well as animal-based approaches. In this webinar, parasite biology and host-parasite interactions will be highlighted to provide context for parasite management. Discussion will follow on various parasite management strategies available and how they can be implemented in a sheep production system. A multifaceted approach to parasite management will be most successful in mitigating infection levels and improving sheep performance and well-being.

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the American Sheep Industry Association.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Suffolk Foundation Program: Young Producers Travel Grant

PRESS RELEASE
4/27/22
The Suffolk Foundation is offering a new opportunity this year, the Young Producers’ Travel Grant. This grant will cover expenses for one individual to attend the American Lamb Summit held August 8-10, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan.
The American Lamb Summit is an educational conference designed to inspire production improvements and collaboration among all segments of the US lamb industry.  Premier 1 Supplies, the American Lamb Board, Michigan State University, and the Michigan Sheep Producers Association are partnering to host this unique educational event.

American Lamb Summit Goals:

  • Increase the quality and consistency of American Lamb
  • Improve the US lamb industry’s competitiveness and productivity

Any producer of Suffolk sheep, age 35 and under, is eligible to apply for the funds that would cover:

  • Registration fee for the event
  • Up to three night’s lodging
  • Up to $750 in travel expenses (air fare or mileage)
  • Application deadline is June 1 and application is available on the USSA website (www.suffolks.org)
Link to more information and application: https://suffolks.org/travel-grant.html
To learn more about the American Lamb Summit, please visit: https://www.lambresourcecenter.com/summit2022/

 

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Amanda Everts
Executive Secretary

United Suffolk Sheep Association

PO Box 121
Holland, IA 50642

Office: 641.684.5291
Fax: 734.335.7646
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AgrAbility Regional Workshop in Columbus, OH

Join us for a Regional AgrAbility Training Event!

 

AgrAbility Regional Workshop-Columbus, OH

June 28-30, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Easton

3600 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH  43230 

Cost- $125 for all 3 days

other registration options available

 

Register Now via the Following Link:

Session descriptions and link to Register Here

Registration is open through June 22nd

The Regional Event in Columbus is being coordinated in conjunction with the Ohio AgrAbility Project

The first 2 days of this workshop will focus on urban agriculture, working with vocational rehabilitation, prescription medication safety, assistive technology in agriculture, farming with a developmental disability, business planning, and work/life balance.  The third day will feature a tour of local agricultural businesses such as urban agriculture and a heifer genetics center, lunch included.

It’s A Wormy Deal – Penn State Extension workshop

The It’s a Wormy Deal workshop will help help you learn and implement sheep and goat parasite strategies. Participants can complete their FAMACHA certification during the event.

When:
Mon., Apr. 18, 2022
(7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET)

Where:
Oberholtzer Farm
3961 Division Hwy.
East Earl, PA 17519

Who is this for?

  • Sheep producers
  • Goat producers
  • Those interested in learning about internal parasite control and management strategies

What will you learn?

  • Managing internal parasites
  • To worm or not to worm
  • FAMACHA scoring and certification

Included in registration is a FAMACHA card, handout materials, and refreshments.

Space is limited – preregistration is recommended!

Register By:

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