Board Members Gary Wilson, Jenera
Stacey Johnson, Minerva
Roger Hunker, Bellevue
Lori Shroyer, DeGraff
Jeff McCutcheon, St. Louisville
Don Hawk, Danville
Ryan Grimme, West Alexandria
David Rowe, London
Daryl Clark, Zanesville
Henry Zerby, Columbus Janelle Mead, Ohio Department of Agriculture
Jordan Beck, Wauseon
Robert Hunter, Pickerington
Scott Peters, Versailles
Steven Moore, Flushing
Dale Duerr, Bolivar
Ross Larue, Ashville
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 2013-2014:
Ohio Sheep Day
Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium
Starter Flock/Mentoring Program
Ohio Lamb Jam – In Partnership with American Lamb Board
Young Entrepreneurs Educational Programs
Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School
Educational Flexible Spending Plan
Small RFP Requests
Total funding for 2013-14 Request for Proposals – $25,300
Providing funding for lamb research and educational 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, OSIA LEAD Council, 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 “Webinar” 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.
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, 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 Educators, 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