8:00 a.m. Hospitality Hour – Sponsored by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative
9:00 a.m. Keep It Simple! Basic & Economical Rations for Ewes
Ewes do not require complicated rations. Feed them adequate quality hay, silage, or pasture during the non-productive periods, add a little grain during the more productive periods, and have good mineral supplement available to them at all times. Examples of roughages, grains and by-product feeds will be available to examine, some in quantities necessary to meet ewe nutrient requirements. Dave Thomas, Professor of Sheep Management and Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
10:00 a.m. Basic Flock Health
A review of common health issues affecting sheep production including infectious diseases and preventive measures, health problems arising from nutrition, parasites and health challenges unique to sheep. Dr. Bob Leder, DVM, Bear Creek, WI.
11:00 a.m. Fencing Done Right
The right fence is a critical component of sustainable pasture management and in a forage-based sheep operation that means taking advantage of affordable and flexible fencing systems. The dos and don’ts of renovating and building cost-effective fences. Randy Cutler, Cutler Fence, LLC, Milladore, WI.
1:00 p.m. Shepherd’s Cabinet
The devil is in the details: Delivering health care is much easier if you have the right tools. A review of the equipment, tools and management practices that make flock health management a lot easier. Dr. Bob Leder, DVM, Bear Creek, WI
2:00 p.m. Does Your Breed Match Your Production Goals?
The sheep industry is changing: Tomorrow’s production models will be driven more by performance data and market demands, whether you produce for fiber or meat. Which breeds are setting the standard for the future and what can you expect from the industry in the next decade.
Todd Taylor, Shepherd, Arlington Sheep Unit, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
3:00 p.m. More Grass - More Lamb: Renovating Existing Pastures
Justin Morris, Regional Soil Health Specialist, MN-WI, USDA-NRCS Soil Health Division, will discuss renovating pastures using multi-species cover crops and will take you through the steps of designing custom cover crop mixes. Learn how to select appropriate and diverse plant species and their respective seeding rates to design mixes specific to your pastures!
4:00 p.m. Lamb Mortality Lab
Learn to diagnosis lamb mortality, characterize loss patterns in your flock and improve your preventative management. Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D.Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Departments of Animal Science and Large Animal Clinical Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.