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Mark Your Calendars! September 8-11, 2016
Sheep 101 A clinic for shepherds of all experience levels!

West Exhibit Building
Pre-register online by August 15

8:00 a.m.         Hospitality Hour
                        Sponsored by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative

9:00 a.m.         Going Green! Pastures for Sheep
Sheep run best on grass! Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Agronomy, explores fertility, variety selection for grasses and legumes, along with seeding rates and management practices to get the most from going green.

10:00 a.m.       The ABCs of Flock Health
Practical approaches to parasite control, foot care and treatment, annual vaccination schedules, common signs of illness and general flock management in sheep. Dr. J.L. Goelz, DVM, Pipestone Veterinary Services, Pipestone, MN. 

11:00 a.m.       Moving the Flock: Thinking About Stock Dogs
Steve Riddle, Worden, IL, has been training, trialing and offering sheep dog demonstrations for the past 25 plus years. While he will be the first to admit there is so much more to learn about this centuries old craft, he will share his experiences in the art of shepherding, offering his insights into helping you decide which path to take in training your own dog. This will be time well spent in uncovering some of the tips and secrets (yes, there are a few) of training and handling a dog. 

Lunch on your own

1:00 p.m.        What Works – Or Not!
In the sheep business, there’s no education like experience. Learn first hand from a panel of seasoned shepherds what works for them – and just as important, what didn’t. Plenty of tips to make your everyday flock management go a little easier.
Clinic participants will be split into two groups and rotate between the
Indoor Arena and Sale Arena.
Times are approximate and as follows:

2:00 to 3:30
15 Minute Break
3:45 to 5:15

Sheep 101 participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Lambing Time Health Management Lab                                                   Indoor Arena
This hands-on workshop will focus on basic health care practices for newborn and young lambs, care of lactating ewes, vaccination sites, udder problems and more!  Dr. J.L. Goelz, DVM, Pipestone Veterinary Services, Pipestone, MN. Thanks to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arlington Sheep Unit for supplying the ewes and lambs.

Growing the Flock: Selecting for Replacements                                            Sale Arena
All sheep are not alike! Todd Taylor, Shepherd, UW-Madison Arlington Sheep Unit, talks about selection of ewe lambs for replacements, the importance of structural soundness, breed characteristic, phenotype, the value of records, along with biosecurity issues when purchasing animals. Thanks to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arlington Sheep Unit for supplying the ewe lambs.

Sheep 101 is a day-long workshop and will be held in the West Exhibit Building (see map) unless otherwise noted. Go to the south end of the building off the main drive. From the Activity Center, enter through the Fleece Show section of the building.


Registration per person is $65 and includes admission to the Festival. Persons registering by the on-line registration deadline of August 15 will be mailed gate passes to the address shown on the registration form.

Registration Deadline - August 15

Late Registrations
Miss the registration deadline? Check with the Festival office at 608 868-2505 (evenings), email wisbc@centurytel.net or go to Registration in the lobby of the Activity Center. Daily admission is $8 per person or $15 per person for a weekend pass.

Camping permits are available through the Jefferson Fair Park office. Call 920 674-7148 during weekday business hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm) to reserve a campsite.
For more details see “Camping.”


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