Date set for 2009 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Health management programs for sheep and goat producers will be the primary focus of the 2009 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Dec. 12 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Bromfield Building, 8995 East Main Street, in Reynoldsburg.

The symposium will be in conjunction with the Small Ruminant Health Symposium and will cover information on the small ruminant species, sheep and goats.

Several topics of interest to sheep and goat producers will be covered by invited speakers, including:

  • Richard Erhardt, small ruminant specialist at Michigan State University, will discuss several health preventative programs.
  • Dale Duerr, DVM, from Tuscarawas County will discuss the development of a flock and herd health plan.
  • Drs. Bill Shulaw and Jeff Hayes of the Ohio Department of Agriculture will be taking a look at ewe and lamb mortality,

Symposium attendees will also be introduced to the American Goat Federation (AGF) and hear from newly-appointed AGF board member Katherine Harrison.

Tours of the Ohio Department of Agriculture will be offered and updates will be given on the USDA Scrapie program.

“These are topics that make this symposium unique,” said Roger A. High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. “It may be the only time you have a chance to see the programs and the tours of the facilities that we have planned.”

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association Annual Meeting will take place during the symposium, where the new OSIA officer team will be elected. A silent auction will be held to benefit the Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship Fund, and a trade show will also be held during the symposium.

OSIA members will receive registration packets in early November, and are encouraged to spread information to other Ohio sheep producers. For more information, visit after Nov. 1 or contact Roger A. High at 614-246-8299 or e-mail [email protected].

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