Optimizing Winter Shelter for Small Ruminants PSU Extension Webinar Nov. 19, 2020

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The Optimizing Winter Shelter for Small Ruminants webinar will discuss sheep and goat housing basic needs with a focus on winter management and how to best optimize current set ups.

  • When

  • Thu., Nov. 19, 2020
    (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET)
  • Webinar Access

  • The link to access the webinar is provided immediately upon completion of registration in your registration confirmation email.

Details and Registration:  https://extension.psu.edu/optimizing-winter-shelter-for-small-ruminants

This event is being offered at no charge to participants.

Registration is required to receive the link to access the webinar.
Registrants will also receive access to the webinar recording.

Open House at Duck Flats Farm Fiber Studio Dec 11 – 12, 2020


Location: 144 Old Clinton Road (Raritan Township)

Flemington, New Jersey 08822

Friday, December 11th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, December 12th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


  • Beautiful yarns and roving from our sheep and fiber animals
  • One-of-a-kind handmade gifts
  • Knitting needles, crochet hooks and supplies
  • Books and patterns for knitters, crocheters and spinners
  • Come bring a project…..sit, relax and chat about needlework or spinning
  • Come be creative and get inspired!

Call or text (908) 303-5893 or e-mail duckflats@earthlink.net for directions or questions

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


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

AgrAbility National Training Workshop Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you for considering the AgrAbility National Training Workshop as a location to highlight your products and services. The NTW is the foremost educational event addressing issues related to disability in agriculture.  Last year’s conference was attended by approx. 230 people representing 38 states and five countries!  Participants include AgrAbility project team members; professional partners; and farmers.

The 2019 AgrAbility National Training Workshop is scheduled for March 23rd – 26th, 2020 at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI.

We welcome you to join us as an Exhibitor, Sponsor, or both!

$700 ($600 for non-profit exhibitor) includes the following:

  • One 6’ table and electrical connection if necessary
  • Registration for one representative
  • Attendance at Conference Sessions of Interest
  • Access to Session Handouts and Conference Attendee Listing
  • A block of time during AT Show & Tell Session
  • Name listed in program and on a slide in the ballroom
  • Conference Meals including: Monday evening reception, Tuesday lunch, breaks and banquet dinner; Wednesday lunch and breaks


National Training Workshop Exhibitor Agreement

Madison Concourse Hotel | 1 West Dayton St. | Madison, WI 53703

March 23-26, 2020

Company Name:_______________________________________________________________________

Representative Name as it should appear on Name Badge:_____________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

City: _________________________________________________________________________________

State/Province: _________________________________ Zip Code: ______________________________

Phone: ________________________________________ Fax: __________________________________

Email: ________________________________________ Website: _______________________________

  • q Commercial Exhibitor Fee $700
  • q Non-Profit Exhibitor Fee $600
  • q Paying by check
  • q Paying by credit card- link will be sent

Please complete the information above, and mail form Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.

If you are paying by check, please include the check for the total amount due.

Send to:

4119 Lakeville Road | Geneseo, NY 14454 | Attention:  Tess McKeel, GFL Workforce Development

If paying by credit card, please still send this form and we will send you a link to registration, once it is open.


Move In / Set Up: Sunday, March 22nd at Noon – Tuesday, March 24th at 8 am  **all exhibits should be fully set prior to 8 am on Tuesday**

Take Down / Move Out: Wednesday, March 25th  from 5-10 pm  **all exhibits must be moved out by 10 pm on Wednesday**


In addition to Exhibitor opportunities, we welcome you to be a Sponsor of the 2020 NTW.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Name Badge Sponsor (1)

$500 plus 250 name badge holders

  • Name in program and on website
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Sponsor a Farmer (unlimited)


  • Name in program and on website
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Sponsor a break or welcome reception (5)


  • Half page ad in program
  • Half a slide shown in ballroom
  • Signage on break table
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Logo on website
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 2 conference registrations

Sponsor the Keynote Speaker (1)


  • Full page in program
  • Full slide shown in ballroom
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 2 conference registrations

Friends of AgrAbility (unlimited)

Platinum Level:  $4,000

  • Half page ad in program
  • Half a slide shown in ballroom
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Logo on website
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 2 conference registrations

Gold Level:  $2000

  • Quarter page ad in program
  • Quarter slide shown in ballroom
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Logo on website
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 1 conference registration


Silver Level:  $1000

  • Name in program and on website
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Bronze level:  $500

  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Contributor:  $100

  • Name in list on slide in ballroom









Please call or email Tess McKeel – 585-447-9015 – tmckeel@goodwillfingerlakes.org or JoBeth Rath – 585.402.2059 – jbrath@goodwillfingerlakes.org to customize your sponsorship!  All donations are tax deductible and are administered by the National AgrAbility Project at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.

Pics from the 2018 Festival

The 24th annual Sheep & Fiber Festival was held on Saturday and Sunday at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds in Ringoes.

The festival was presented by the Garden State Sheep Breeders, a non-profit, educational group promoting sheep and wool products in New Jersey.

This year they added two breeds: the Scottish blackface and Valais blacknose, a new breed to the United States, on display courtesy of Stone Manor Farm.

Source and to see the Photo Gallery:



Ewe Lamb Raffle

Little Hooves Romneys of New Jersey will be donating a white ewe lamb for raffle this year (2018) that will benefit ARBA’s youth.  All proceeds will be ear marked for two specific Junior shows, the All American Jr Show and NAILE’s JR Show.  Raffle tickets will be sold starting immediately and will continue through until the North East Regional Romney Show in West Springfield, MA (BigE) on September 24th, 2018.  Let’s rally together and show support for our ARBA youth.

The Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.  Anybody wishing to buy or help sell tickets can contact Charlene Carlisle (Little Hooves Romneys) at 856-866-1747 (home) or 609-760-0399 (cell) or via email at c.carlisle@littlehoovesromneys.com .  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  The financial cost of these youth shows are minimal compared to what our youth get in return, however the expense still has to be covered.  In past years, donations and raffle sales have supported these shows for our kids and with the help from the Board of Directors, the membership and the public, I feel it can be done again.  Please open your hearts and your wallet for this event but if unable to, then show your support by assisting with sales.  I will be making up packets with pictures, info and raffle tickets that can be sent directly to your home, everyone has neighbors and friends that would want to buy tickets to help our youth and the future of ARBA.


Little Hooves 845 “Let’s Rally”.  She is a twin, RR, white black factored.  DOB:  2/2/2018.  Sire is SOR 1258.  Dam is Little Hooves 362 that goes back to our foundation ram, ToRRpedo, Julian & Moore 703.  Grand Sire was Julian & Moore 350 who was Supreme Ram at NAILE in 2004.  This is a great genetic package.   She will be Futurity nominated.  Pictures will be available on web site and Little Hooves FB page.  Transportation will be available to BigE, Rhinebeck, and NAILE.  Checks can be made out to ARBA but send to me. I will then do a mass mailing of checks/money to ARBA Secretary (JoAnn Mast).  Please feel free to call or email with any questions or when you need more tickets.


Thanks in advance for your help… ”Let’s Rally” for Romneys, “Let’s Rally” for our Romney Youth, and “Let’s Rally” for ARBA’s Future.


Charlene Carlisle

510 Centerton Rd

Moorestown, NJ  08057


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.



Since 2007, prominent Oxford Breeders have donated lambs to establish a Foundation Flock.  The Foundation Flock is given annually to establish one new Oxford Flock.  The flock consists of quality Registered Oxford ewes   and one Registered Oxford ram.
To win the award flock, you must write an essay to the Oxford Foundation Flock Award Committee.  Include information about yourself, illustrate your goals and intentions with the animals should you win the award.  Please type your essay and e-mail it to foundationflock@yahoo.com by May 18.   Kindly include your mailing address and phone number.

The only request we ask of the Winner is to donate one ewe lamb within the first three years to a Foundation Flock. The Winner will be invited to attend the National Oxford Sale at Springfield, Illinois to receive their award.  If you cannot attend, other arrangements to  receive the flock will be made.  Good Luck!

Bucks Montgomery PA Annual Wool Pool Second Saturday in June

The Bucks/Montgomery Cooperative Wool Pool will hold it’s annual wool pool 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 9th, at Delaware Valley University’s Roth Farm, 1260 Welsh Road, North Wales, Pa. (Date verified with the Wool Pool staff March 3, 2018).

The wool will be graded, sorted, bagged and loaded on a truck headed to a woolen mill in South Carolina. More than 23,000 pounds of wool was handled in 2015.

The wool will be graded by fiber diameter, length and color. Any wool producer from any county is welcome to sell their wool through this pool. No quantities are too big or too small.

Hand spinners and crafters also are welcome to buy fleeces by the pound from noon to 1 p.m..

The wool pool is a collaborative effort between Penn State Extension, Delaware Valley University and the Wool Pool Cooperative. For more information, call Bob Brown, Penn State Extension, at 215-345-3283.

Date:    Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time:     7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Roth Farm of Delaware Valley College
Rtes. 63 & 202, Upper Gwynedd

8 miles west of DVC main campus

Check the following Facebook pages for more info:

Bucks Montgomery County Wool Pool


PSU Extension Montgomery County