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Basic Nutrition
This is for new shepherds interested in learning the different feed items, their values and how they affect your sheep.

Kevin Woolham - President of the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Growers Association; Involved with the Central Connecticut CO-OP; Southdown breeder and all around livestock producer. From South Windsor Connecticut

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Selecting Sheep for the Meat Market Using Performance Data
Learn how keeping track of your performance data can help you determine which ewes should be kept in production and in turn which lambs should be raised for your markets.

Melanie Barkley - President of the Pennsylvania Sheep and Wool Growers Association.  Agricultural Extension Educator from Bedford PA. Owner/Operator of Maple Hollow Farm, Manns Choice, PA raising Dorsets and Tunis with domestic and Australian Rams and focusing on meat production traits. Over the past 7 years she has changed her flock to focus on selection for productivity traits. Topics she may cover will revolve around  selecting sheep for the meat market using performance data to help with selection decisions and various aspects of marketing meat.

If You Had $40/acre to Improve Your Pasture
If you’re looking to take your pasture to the next level this is the class for you. Grazing, seeding, micronutrients and more.

Daniel Hudson has been involve in forage research and outreach since 2002.  He came to Vermont in 2010 to work with UVM Extension as an Agronomy and Nutrient Management Specialist in the Northeast Kingdom and Connecticut River Watershed.  He lives in Waterford, VT with his wife Julia, their five children.   Having spent most of his life in northern climes with long winters and marginal soils, Daniel has a special appreciation for the challenges that forage and livestock producers have as they try to make a living.  His accumulated observations and general interest in grazing systems have been the impetus behind his work with grazing systems in Vermont.

From thermometers to super glue, are you ready to deal with health problems in your herd?
What to do when your sheep is sick? What are the basic vaccinations that should be given?  What should you have in your vet kit on the farm? These are just some of the areas that this one hour class will cover and help you understand.

Dr. Gillian Ferguson, Red Hook, NY, specializes in small ruminants. In addition to general medicine and surgery for sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas, Dr. Ferguson also has a special interest in pursuing advanced reproductive techniques such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer in sheep and goats sometime in the near future.

Dextrose, dystocia and diarrhea: Adding newborns to the mix
So many things can go wrong during lambing; let’s try to simplify the different scenarios and help the ewe through lambing.

Dr. Gillian Ferguson, Red Hook, NY, specializes in small ruminants. In addition to general medicine and surgery for sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas, Dr. Ferguson also has a special interest in pursuing advanced reproductive techniques such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer in sheep and goats sometime in the near future.

Basic Sheep Management 101
This course is for beginning shepherds.  Topics that will be covered include shelter, fencing, equipment that will be needed, basic feeding of sheep, tips and tricks on successful shepherding.

1 - what breed best fits your needs
2 - types of shelter
3 - types of fencing
4 - basic nutrition/feeding
5 - things shepherds may want to have on hand
6 - basic sheep equipment

Graeme Stewart
I was raised in upstate New York, on Canadian border, on a sheep and dairy farm. Growing up I was active in 4-H showing Shropshire sheep and Jersey dairy cattle at county and state fairs.  During this time I was on the livestock and dairy judging teams.  My involvement with sheep in 4-H has led to a lifelong journey in the sheep industry. Over the past 25 years I have had the priveledge to judge at numerous state,county and Jr. sheep shows as well as showing at the top shows in the country.  For the past ten years I have been the manager at Anchorage Farm Romneys. - Graeme Stewart

Copper Toxicosis
Sheep are unique among food and farm animals in the way they utilize copper. Copper is a required mineral for all farm animals and also is potentially toxic to all of the food-producing animals. Sheep are the most susceptible of all food-producing animals to copper toxicosis.  Let’s talk copper…

Michael L. Thonney - Professor
PhD from University of Minnesota 
Graduate fields:   Animal Science, Nutrition
Area(s) of interest: management of highly productive sheep, growth and development, ruminant nutrition, skeletal growth

Cornell STAR Production system
The STAR system of sheep production has been developed to maximize production of market lambs on a continuous year-round basis. This even supply of high quality lambs should allow for improved market development and enhanced prices for lambs demanded by discriminating consumers.

Michael L. Thonney - Professor
PhD from University of Minnesota 
Graduate fields:   Animal Science, Nutrition
Area(s) of interest: management of highly productive sheep, growth and development, ruminant nutrition, skeletal growth


Advanced Nutrition
This class is for the more experienced shepherds looking to fine tune their feeding knowledge. The class will incorporate what the different type of grains will actually do for sheep; in addition it will cover what to feed during the different stages of development.

Kevin Woolham - President of the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Growers Association; Involved with (works for I think) the Central Connecticut CO-OP; Southdown breeder and all around livestock producer. From South Windsor Connecticut

Listen to him on the radio


Understanding Marketing of Your Meat
Where should you look to market your meat?  How does pricing work?  What are the seasonal cuts that should be featured?  These are just a few of the areas that will be covered in this class.

Melanie Barkley - President of the Pennsylvania Sheep and Wool Growers Association.  Agricultural Extension Educator from Bedford PA. Owner/Operator of Maple Hollow Farm, Manns Choice, PA raising Dorsets and Tunis with domestic and Australian Rams and focusing on meat production traits. Over the past 7 years she has changed her flock to focus on selection for productivity traits. Topics she may cover will revolve around  selecting sheep for the meat market using performance data to help with selection decisions and various aspects of marketing meat.

 Sponsored by the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association, 501(c)3

 

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