Sheep Day July 15 at OARDC

The 2017 Ohio Sheep Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 15 at OARDC Sheep Research Unit, location of a major portion of sheep research being conducted at The Ohio State University.  The OARDC Sheep Research Unit is located in beautiful Wayne County at 5743 Fredericksburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Ohio Sheep Day will offer visitors the opportunity to visit a successful sheep farming operation dedicated to sheep production in a profitable way. Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management and production is invited to attend. A lamb luncheon is included as part of registration and no pre-registration is required.

The OARDC Sheep Research Unit hosts a commercial sheep operation concentrating its efforts on sheep research involving many aspects of sheep production and management.  The farm is located in northeastern Ohio where the terrain is gently rolling, making it an ideal location for grain crops as well as ruminant livestock production.

This year will once again focus on programming, which will increase and improve the productivity and profitability of sheep and other small ruminant operations.

A list of programs includes:

 

  • OARDC sheep research updates — Francis Fluharty, OSU Animal Sciences
  • Pasture walks with the experts — Bob Hendershot, Green Pasture Services and Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension
  • Beginning and novice shepherd’s sessions — Roger Shearer and Doug Clevenger, OSU Animal Sciences
  • Current research: The effect of weaning age on lamb health and performance — Brady Campbell, OSU Animal Sciences
  • The impact of internal parasites on sheep operations — Jeff McCutcheon, OSU Extension
  • Managing primary predator issues on sheep and livestock farms — Tommy Butler, USDA

 

A trade show will also take place at the event, where attendees may visit and purchase supplies and equipment. This show will deal with several aspects of sheep production and management.

For further information regarding Ohio Sheep Day activities, please contact Roger A. High at (614) 246-8299 or by email at rhigh@ofbf.org. Additional information and directions to the site can also be found at www.ohiosheep.org.

The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, OSU Sheep Team, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ashland, Holmes and Wayne County Farm Bureaus, Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department, and the American Sheep Industry are the major sponsors of Ohio Sheep Day.

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