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Sheep and goat forum agenda

September 26, 2006|by JEFF SEMLER

Schedule:

8:30 AM - Registration, Refreshments, Exhibits open

The Market

9:15 to 10:30 a.m. - The Goat and Lamb Market in the Northeast - Bob Herr, New Holland Livestock Auction - Herr will discuss trends in the demand for lamb and goat, the calendar for demand and this relationship to a growing ethnic market.

10:30 to 11:15 a.m. - Traditional Sheep and Goat Markets in Virginia - Mike Carpenter, Virginia Department of Agriculture. Carpenter will discuss trends in the sale of goats and lambs in the traditional auction markets of Virginia.

11:15 a.m. to noon - The Scott County Hair Sheep Association - Dr. David Redwine, DVM, co-founder of the Scott County Hair Sheep Association. The Scott County Hair Sheep Association is a model of livestock marketing opportunities. Learn the history, marketing strategies, and current production methods of this group of Southwest Virginia farms to supply a meat marketing niche.

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Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Buffet lunch featuring leg of lamb and goat roasts

Exhibits Open

1:30 to 2:15 p.m. - Success in Numbers - A panel discussion working together to meet a common goal has been shown to work in agriculture through the use of cooperatives and marketing pools. Three examples in the sheep industry will be highlighted. Panel members will provide an overview of their organizations, what have been some of the trials and tribulations and what has made them successful and how they have been made successful.

Those participating are: Scott County Hair Sheep Association - Dr. David Redwine, Loudoun Valley Producers; Bill Bundy, Lamb Sausage Manager, Old Dominion Livestock Producers; Gary Hornbaker, secretary reasurer and founder.

Moderating this session will be Jeff Semler, senior agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources - Washington County, Maryland Cooperative Extension.

The Essentials

2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Working Budgets for Goat and Sheep Production - Susan Schoenian, Sheep and Goat specialist, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service.

Where's the Money? - Susan will provide a realistic overview of the economics of the goat and lamb business and discuss the potential income that can be derived from one of these enterprises.

2:45 to 3:15 p.m. - Predator Control with Proper Fencing and Guardian Animals - Corey Childs, extension Agent , Agriculture and Natural Resources - Loudoun County for the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.

One of the deterrents to entering the goat or sheep business is the threat of predators. Corey will address several options to keep potential predators at bay and protect these small ruminants.

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.- Available Resources - Craig Yohn, extension agent - Jefferson County for the West Virginia Extension Service.

Where can a novice find information about the management of small ruminants, nutrition, pasture management and other aspects of the small ruminant industry: Craig will attempt to give an overview of the resources available.

Wrap Up/Evaluation

Where Do We Go From Here?

It is hoped that the program will stimulate a thirst for more information and cooperation among those in attendance to "grow" the small ruminant industry in the area. A short discussion among attendees will provide direction for planning committee to forward with additional opportunities.

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