The Ohio Sheep and Wool Program (OSWP) has undergone a strategic planning process and has concluded through that process that the most modern method of utilization of the funds is through an RFP (Request for Proposals) process. The Ohio Sheep and Wool Program Board spent a great deal of time in the development of this process and we are hopeful you’ll find it convenient.
OSWP is now accepting an RFP that will provide leadership, development, assistance and support in implementing programs and projects that promote Ohio’s sheep, lamb, and wool industry and its various products to the public and consumers. OSWP would also provide resources and services to growers and retailers who market sheep, lamb and wool. Specifically, the OSWP board of directors wishes to receive proposals regarding the following:
Programs which promote the expansion of the Ohio sheep industry, including, but not limited to, educational and promotional programs. Programs may also be written which coordinate with the American Sheep Industries “Let’s Grow with Two Plus” program.
Print and radio advertising.
Overall industry promotion and features, particularly with major print media in Ohio, that would include, but not be limited to, the development and utilization of a media kit and the development and distribution of news releases and photos.
Point of purchase materials, which may include but not be limited to, posters for sheep, lamb and wool growers and retailers to utilize.
Opportunities for interaction with the public and consumers, which would include, but not be limited to, events held during the key marketing times of the year (Christmas and Easter).
Assist in the purchase of high quality flock genetic material (i.e., rams, ewes, semen, embryos) that will stimulate growth in the Ohio and United States Sheep Industry. The amount offered to each producer will be limited by the number of applicants that apply for these check-off funds.
Assist Ohio Breed Associations in the growth, development, and implementation of Youth Starter Flock and Youth Starter Flock Mentoring Programs. These Youth Starter Flock programs should be designed to increase the number of commercial, purebred, and club lamb sheep flocks in Ohio.
Advanced marketing strategies of purebred and club lamb segments of the Ohio sheep industry.
Advanced marketing strategies of the commercial sheep segment of the Ohio sheep industry.
Sheep, lamb, and wool research programs and projects, which could advance the marketing and production opportunities for the Ohio sheep, lamb, and wool industries.
Sheep, lamb, and wool educational programs which could advance the Ohio sheep, lamb, and wool industries.
RFP’s must be received by the close of the business day (4:45 p.m. EDT) on October 11, 2013.
Board Members Gary Wilson, Jenera
Stacey Johnson, Minerva
Roger Hunker, Bellevue
Tim Barnes, Radnor
Lori Shroyer, DeGraff
Jeff McCutcheon, St. Louisville
Don Hawk, Danville
Damien Chrisman, Jewett
Mary Thomas, Fresno
Ryan Grimme, West Alexandria
David Rowe, London
Daryl Clark, Zanesville
Bob Hendershot, Circleville
Henry Zerby, Columbus Janelle Mead, Ohio Department of Agriculture
Jordan Beck, Wauseon
Robert Hunter, Pickerington
Consumer Marketing and Producer Educational Programs
Providing funding though an RFP (Request for Proposal) process, these funded requests are submitted to the OSWP Board and the funding is approved by the OSWP Board. The programs funded follow check-off guidelines for promotion, education, and research. Following are the RFP requests that are being funded by the OSWP Program for FY 2012-2013:
Ohio Sheep Day
Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium
Ohio Sheep Summit – Industry Expansion Program
Ohio Lamb Jam – In Partnership with American Lamb Board
AgriPOWER Institute Industry Leadership Program
Statewide Sheep Shearing Schools
Young Entrepreneurs Educational Programs
Ohio Sheep Forage and Farm Tour
On-Line Purebred Live Sheep Auctions
Ohio Sheep Sales Promotion
Ohio Club Lamb/Purebred Sales Advanced Marketing Program
Grocery Store Promotions
Small RFP Requests
Total funding for 2012-13 Request for Proposals - $36,500
Providing funding for lamb research projects with the OSU Animal Sciences Meats Department, Dr. Henry Zerby and Dr. Paul Kuber to increase the value of lower value lamb meat cuts produced from Ohio lambs.
Major sponsor of youth sheep programs such as the State FFA Sheep Proficiency Awards, Ohio Club Lamb Association and Ohio Sheep Youth Extravaganza.
Ohio’s Heartland Cuisine cooking demonstrations at the Ohio State Fair as well as sponsoring numerous other cooking demonstrations.
Sponsor of Make-It With Wool (MIWW) Contest.
Sponsored funding smaller county and state oriented lamb and wool promotional programs:
Ohio Club Lamb Association Youth Programs and Activities
Ohio Youth Programs and Activities
While the OSWP is mandatory, the Board of Directors realizes the program is dependent on the willing and continued support of producers. Your input is vital to the Program and will be seriously considered. Please contact the OSWP office or any board member with your suggestions.
Producer Education - Partnering with Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and The Ohio State University Extension Program
Working in cooperation with The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences to provide “District” programming for sheep producers in Ohio. Session topics include but are not limited to scrapie eradication, lamb carcass evaluation, lamb marketing, predator control, parasite control, grazing and hay management, health and nutrition.
Working in cooperation with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, USDA Wildlife Services in predator control programs for coyote and black vulture issues.
Worked in cooperation with Ohio Department of Agriculture to implement the ODA Small Ruminant Advisory Committee. This committee meets regularly to discuss the important health and bio-security issues of the sheep and goat industries.
Partnering with Ohio Sheep Improvement Association to sponsor educational speakers for Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium, Ohio Sheep Day, and other producer meetings.
Cooperating with Dr. Henry Zerby and Dr. Paul Kuber, OSU Meats Specialist and other Ohio State University personnel in planning and implementing Ohio Sheep Day, Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium, Sheep Production Short Courses, research opportunities, and producer’s education meetings.
The OSWP and OSIA have been instrumental in the development of the OSU Sheep Team. An outreach group of university professors, Extension agents, and industry leaders who serve as a core producer educational unit.
Partnering with OSIA and OSU, 4-H and FFA to help educate and involve young sheep producers in the sheep industry. The OSWP Board recognizes that the 4-H and FFA members of today not only pay into the OSWP program, but are instrumental in the future of our industry and are the sheep industry leaders of tomorrow. Several youth related events are sponsored annually by the OSWP.
The OSWP is a sponsor of the Lamb 509 program, a program held at OSU to improve lamb marketing skills by sheep producers. This hands-on program has been a popular program in Ohio and around the United States, bringing recognition to Ohio’s sheep industry.
Partnering with the American Lamb Board to promote Ohio and American lamb products by leveraging dollars which will assist us in promoting lamb products into Ohio grocery stores.
The primary goal of the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program remains increasing the sheep population in Ohio and increasing producer profitability. We keep this goal in mind when implementing all programs. We continue to meet and form alliances with marketing agencies, industry partners and educational agencies.
For more information, contact: Ohio Sheep and Wool Program 280 N. High St. · P.O. Box 182383 · Columbus, OH 43218 614-246-8299 · FAX 614-249-2200