Continuing education for sheep producers
East Exhibit Building
8:00 a.m. Hospitality Hour
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative
9:00 a.m. A NRCS Primer for Livestock Producers
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical, financial and educational assistance to all private landowners, farmers and ranchers throughout the country. The NRCS natural resources conservation programs can help livestock producers reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. Anthony J. Johnson, Soil Conservationist, USDA-Dodge County, Juneau, WI.
9:30 a.m. Building a Successful Sheep Operation
Every producer is the most important ingredient to the success of their sheep operation. This is an opportunity to better use your time, talent and treasure to best advantage to make your operation profitable, enjoyable and rewarding. Remember, your sheep raising “trip” will not be successful without a destination and a road map. Dr. Ben Bartlett and his wife Denise operate Log Cabin Livestock near Traunik, Upper Peninsula of Michigan where they raise sheep, cattle and grass.
10:30 a.m. Critical Control Points for Lamb Survival
Evaluation of lamb loss patterns is the first step in reducing lamb loss and improving flock productivity and welfare. Prevention and treatment strategies with the potential to significantly to impact lamb loss will be provided for each major loss category. Richard Ehrhardt Ph.D., Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Departments of Animal Science and Large Animal Clinical Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
11:30 a.m. NSIP – What’s It Worth To Me?
By using breeding stock with genetic predictability, all types of flocks can have a foundation of genetic information upon which to build a superior and more consistent product for their customers - feeders, packers or consumers. But in real life, do National Sheep Improvement Program records put money in the producer’s bank account? Rusty Burgett, NSIP Program Director, walks you through the experiences with seasoned NSIP flock owners. NOTE: There will be a second Q&A session for current NSIP users or interested producers to cover software or in-depth user questions on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the East Exhibit Building. There is no charge for the Saturday session!
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 p.m. Opportunities for Grazing DNR Managed State Land
Explore the current status of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grazing Land, DNR objectives and how producers can find available properties and work with the DNR to increase their grazing acreage while helping to maintain Wisconsin’s prairies and grass lands. Mary C. Anderson is a Conservation Agriculture Specialist with the DNR’s Bureau of Wildlife Management. She has 25 years of experience managing a grazing operation, working in a professional capacity writing grazing plans, consulting on farms working directly with producers, and coordinating grazing networks. She is currently working with the Wisconsin DNR developing a management plan to graze DNR-owned and managed properties to benefit habitat restoration and improvement and to build partnerships with livestock producers that have the capacity to graze those properties.
2:00 p.m. Do You Have a “System?”
Forty years of experience has given Denise and Ben Bartlett the opportunity to fine tune their labor and time saving ideas. “We are continually questioning and renewing our management but we have ‘systems’ in place for those things that eat up labor and time: raising orphans, lambing, feeding grain and hay, and handling our livestock.” Ben and Denise manage a successful sheep and cattle operation in the U.P. of Michigan.
3:00 p.m. Extending the Grazing Season
Extending the grazing season is an effective way to decrease reliance on stored feed while providing quality flock nutrition. Use of crop residue, cover crop and diversification of permanent pastures will all be covered as methods of extending the grazing season. Solutions to potential infrastructure limits such as fencing and water will also be considered. Richard Ehrhardt Ph.D., Small Ruminant Extension Specialist,
Departments of Animal Science and Large Animal Clinical Science,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
4:00 p.m. Fence for Multi-Species Grazing
This workshop will discuss what types of fencing are needed to contain several different species of livestock raised on the same farm. Physical and mental barriers of several kinds will be discussed. Raising small ruminants along with other animals including cattle, hogs, horses, bison, dogs and even poultry will be the majority of the talk. People will learn how to contain and exclude these species along and in combination with each other. Some discussion about advantages and disadvantages of co-grazing will be included. Randy Cutler and his wife Sally own Cutler Fence and operate a 227 acre farm near Milladore, WI where they raise sheep, beef and poultry.
$65 PER PERSON
REGISTER BY AUGUST 15 AND RECEIVE ADMISSION TO THE FESTIVAL
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