Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium focuses on American Sheep Industry roadmap
by Roger A. High, OSIA/OSWP Executive Director
The 2014 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium (BSS) will concentrate on “Management and Breeding Practices to Put Your Flock on the Roadmap to Productivity Improvement”. The event will be held Dec. 6 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691.
The planning committee has put together a program with the American Sheep Industry Roadmap in mind. Keynote speakers include Dr. Charles Parker, and Dr. Henry Zerby, both chairs of the Animal Sciences Department of The Ohio State University. Their keynote address will be titled “The Ohio Sheep Industry, Past, Present, and Future, Perspectives from the Past, Present, and Future”. In addition, several sheep, lamb and wool productivity improvement management experts will be on the program.
Prior to the symposium, the OSIA Annual Meeting will be held Dec. 6. at the annual meeting. The election of the OSIA officer team will be held, as well as other important items for members to discuss.
The Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium will once again host the annual tradeshow and “Silent Auction”. Funds from the auction have been used as the primary source of income for the Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship Fund for the past several years. If you will be attending the symposium, you can donate and bid on items in the “Silent Auction”.
A lamb lunch will be served, followed by an awards program to present the Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award, Distinguished Service Awards, and the Friend of the Ohio Sheep Industry awards. Youth recognition will be given to the state FFA sheep proficiency award winner, state 4-H sheep award winner and Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship winner.
Registration packets will be mailed to OSIA members in early November and detailed information will soon be placed on the website at www.ohiosheep.org. If you would like additional information, contact Roger A. High at (614) 246-8299 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please pass the information along to other sheep producers in your area.
National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) workshop to be offered December 5 in Wooster, Ohio (Click here for NSIP flyer)
OSIA and OHSIA will be hosting a National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) workshop in Wooster, OH on Dec. 5, the afternoon prior to the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium. The program is a computerized, performance-based program for genetic selection.
NSIP is designed to help purebred and commercial sheep producers identify the best genetic stock for their breeding programs. Dr. Reid Redden, North Dakota State University Sheep Specialist, and chair of the NSIP, will be the speaker for the workshop.
Commercial and purebred producers will learn how to use estimated breeding values (EBVs) to make selection decisions and to advance the rate of genetic progress in their flocks in traits such as growth, mothering ability (milk), number of lambs weaned, loin muscle depth, parasite resistance and wool traits.
Also included will be a roundtable discussion for shepherds currently enrolled in NSIP to talk about taking genetic improvements to the next level.
The workshop will be held at the OARDC Wooster Campus, in the Gerlaugh Hall conference room, starting at 2:30 p.m. While the NSIP workshop will be FREE, a social hour is planned following the event, so pre-registration is requested (but not required). Information will be included in the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium packet.
So plan to come to Wooster a day early and enjoy a workshop very worthwhile to all sheep producers.