8:00 am Hospitality Hour
8:45 am Welcome –Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Representative
9:00 am The Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Landscape
Jeff Swenson is the Livestock and Meat Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. His primary responsibilities are working with beef, pork, and sheep producers, as well as Wisconsin’s meat processing facilities. He is directly involved with outreach to Wisconsin’s livestock associations and agribusiness groups.
10:00 am Creating a Grazing and Forage-based System for Sheep in Wisconsin
2022 is a year of high lamb prices but high input costs. Combining considerations of forage quality, pasture management, and animal health can create a low-cost system that can capture more of those high prices. Producer
Greg Brickner, Wonewoc, WI
11:00 am Lamb Rearing: Starting Them Right!
A successful lambing season is critical to all types of sheep operations. A panel of experienced dairy sheep producers will discuss proven practices for lambing, including identifying and dealing with chilled or problem lambs; How and why to orphan a lamb; How to care for an orphan; Artificial rearing practices and more! Sheep Dairy Association of Wisconsin Members: Persephone Allen, Bill and Sandy Killough, Forever Young Sheep Dairy; Brian Michielson, Maple Hill Farm.
1:00 pm Serious Sheep Farming as a Part-time Job
Almost all sheep farmers are part-time or have side gigs to make ends meet. Thinking carefully about designing our sheep farming systems can make part-time sheep farming fit more easily into our lives. Greg Brickner, Wonewoc, WI.
2:00 pm Got Questions? Panel of Experienced Shepherds
This is your opportunity to ask questions of experienced sheep producers as they share what they have learned through years of raising sheep. Ask them to share their secrets to success and learn what they would “never do that again.”
3:00 pm Hands -on demonstration of processing new-born lambs – Todd Taylor and/or UW students
4:00 pm Adjourn
HOW TO REGISTER
Go to www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com
Click on REGISTER
$65 PER PERSON
REGISTER BY AUGUST 15 AND RECEIVE ADMISSION TO THE FESTIVAL
Persons registering by August 15 will receive a gate pass mailed to the address shown on the registration form.
Miss the registration deadline? Check with the Festival office at 608 743-9080 (evenings after 5:00 pm, weekends 8:00 am-9:00 pm), email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Registration in the lobby of the Activity Center. Daily admission is $8 per person or $15 per person for a weekend pass.