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


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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.

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

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:

April 15, 202211:59 PMET
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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

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.


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

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

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.