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Mark Your Calendars! September 5-7, 2014
Shepherd Workshops
Sheep 101 A clinic for shepherds of all experience levels!
Friday - September 5
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Sheep 101 is an all-day clinic. Pre-Registration Required by Aug. 15.
$65 per person which includes admission.

8:00 a.m.   

Hospitality Hour  
Sponsored by:
Mid-States Wool Growers
and the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival

9:00 a.m.    

Key Cover Crop Forages for Sheep
Radishes, turnips, brassicas – where do some of these cover crops fit in and are there some that don’t as pasture forages for sheep? What are the the pros and cons for these species in the upper Midwest, seeding rates, cost per acre and tillage requirements. Presentation will include demonstration tubs of the common cover crops discussed. Nina Holte, Agronomy Services Manager, and Kyle Govin, Southeast Wisconsin Seed Representative, Legacy Seeds, Inc.

10:00 a.m. 

Managing Your Flock for High-Value Fleeces
If you’re just shoving your fleeces into a bag and sending them off with the shearer, chances are you’re saying good-bye to extra profit. What does it take to start or improve your flock to produce the high-dollar fleeces that help pay the bills? Neil Kentner, Mason, MI, will be sharing his practical experiences in raising wool breeds that brings him above average profit. We’ll discuss management covering pastures, barns, equipment and feeding – right down to when and how to harvest your wool, including skirting and selling those golden fleeces for extra money in your pocket! This workshop is for first-time flock owners up to the mature flock managers and won’t “pull the wool over your eyes” about making a profit.

11:00 a.m.  

Feeding Sheep and Lambs – Back to the Basics  
Feed costs make up one-half to two-thirds of the cost of sheep production, which means that we need to really pay attention here! How does the animal’s body use feed and nutrients? What nutrients are required? How much feed does my animal need? How much can they eat and what does that amount of feed look like? What factors change my animals’ nutrition needs? How do I as a producer meet those needs? Consider high quality versus low quality feed items. The old saying “The eye of the master fattens the cattle” really works for sheep too! George Koepp, Columbia County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent, shares information to help shepherds understand the dietary needs of their animals and how to effectively and efficiently meet those needs. This fast-paced presentation and real feed samples visuals will give you plenty of information to “digest” later.

   
 

Lunch on your own

   
1:00 p.m.    

Do Your Sheep Match Your Goals?
It’s good to have goals in mind as you start or build a flock, but are those sheep you just bought really right for your operation? Todd Taylor, Shepherd, Arlington Sheep Unit, UW-Madison, discusses breeds, type, and the practical aspects of how to buy or breed the type of sheep you need to fit your operation.

2:00 p.m.   

Staying Out of Trouble: Health Tips for Beginning Shepherds
It’s easy to buy a train wreck in the sheep business. Learn what to watch for when purchasing or introducing animals into a flock, the ABCs of biosecurity, common sense, everyday health management tips and staying out of trouble. Dean Peterson, DVM, Janesville Veterinary Medical Center, Janesville, WI.

3:00 p.m.     

Sheep Minerals and Vitamins – 101
Minerals and vitamins -- topics that everyone wants to know about. But what do sheep need? When do they need it? How should minerals be offered? What common management technique causes the most mineral problems? Why don’t we put B-vitamins in our feeds? What about selenium and copper? We’ll cover these points with practical information that you can use with your flock. Woody Lane, Livestock Nutritionist & Forage Specialist, Lane Livestock Services, Roseburg, OR.

Please Note: From 4:00 to 5:30 Sheep 101 participants have the option of choosing one of the following sessions or rotating between the two. Each session will run for an hour and a half. Please dress appropriately.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.   

Keeping the Flock At Home: Fencing Demonstration
Staying sustainable in a pasture-based sheep operation means taking advantage of affordable and flexible fencing systems while at the same time keeping the flock out of the neighbor’s bean field. Learn the dos and don’ts of building cost-effective fences in this hands-on workshop. Randy Cutler, Cutler Fence, LLC, Milladore, WI.

Hands-on Lambing Management Lab
Todd Taylor, Shepherd, Arlington Sheep Unit, UW-Madison, will discuss care of ewes and newborns in the lambing barn, including equipment, tools, basic supplies, rules of thumb, orphan lambs and more in this hands-on lab.

The Sheep 101 is a day-long workshop and will be held in the West Exhibit Building (see map). 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.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Register only online.
Visa, Master Card and Discover accepted.

Registration fee 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 or go to Registration in the lobby of the Activity Center. Daily admission to the Festival is $7 per person or $12 per person for a weekend pass.

Camping?
Camping permits are available through the Jefferson Fair Park office. Call 920 674-7148 during weekday business hours (7:00 am to 3:30 pm) to reserve a campsite.
For more details see “Camping.

 

 
 
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