Left 'Til The Festival
September 6-8, 2024

Sheep 101

Friday         Registration Required         Swine Barn Annex (See Map)

8:45 am Welcome – Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op 


Nick Forrest, Oxford, Ohio, a nationally recognized expert in marketing lamb, will discuss the versatility of lamb, provide strategies for producers to introduce consumers to the taste of lamb and will demonstrate how to prepare lamb, will share his recipes and offering mouth-watering samples of delicious lamb.  Supported by an American Lamb Board grant.


Janet McNally, Tamarack Lamb & Wool, will introduce producers to the basic concepts of designing a grazing system that utilizes available resources, saves labor, lowers feed costs and increases productivity. Janet has a lifetime of experience of breeding sheep and building a highly successful, grass-based farm in East Central Minnesota.  


Todd Taylor, Shepherd, University of Wisconsin Arlington Sheep Unit. With over 30 years of experience, Todd will discuss practical and labor-saving management techniques and the basic shepherding skills needed to make sheep production easier and more efficient.


Jason Cavadini is a Grazing Outreach Specialist with the University of Wisconsin Division of Extension, conducting research and outreach focused on perennial forages, livestock-integrated cropping systems, and managed-grazing for farms of all scales across Wisconsin. He is a founder and advisor of the Eau Pleine Partnership for Integrated Conservation and owns and operates a direct-market, grass-fed beef farm near Stratford, WI.  Strategies for Extending the Grazing Season into Winter will cover a variety of practices to extend the grazing season while addressing soil fertility in-season, fall stockpile grazing, winter bale grazing and spring pasture renovation to maximize pasture production and take grazing to the next level.   


Three Rivers Fibershed: Intro for fiber producers to an exciting, new concept in producing, marketing, and processing wool where each Fibershed community manages its resources to create lasting systems of production.  Innovation is not always creating something new! 


Producer Roundtable:  Got questions? This is your opportunity to go one-on-one with experienced producers! 





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 [email protected] or go to Registration in the lobby of the Activity Center. Daily admission is $10 per person or $20 per person for a weekend pass.



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