Ohio Sheep Day to be held July 16, 2011 at Blue Heron Farm

By Roger A. High, State Sheep Extension Associate and Ohio State University, Executive Director, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program

The 2011 Ohio Sheep Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2011.  It will be held at Blue Heron Farm, home farm of Cynthia Koonce, located outside of Lisbon, Ohio in beautiful Columbiana County. Blue Heron Farm, under the direction of shepherdess, Cynthia Koonce, is a commercial oriented sheep operation, concentrating on marketing a variety of types and sizes of commercial lambs.  Blue Heron Farms is located in the upper part of the Ohio Appalachian region where the terrain is rolling and hilly, making it an ideal location for sheep production.

The 2011 Ohio Sheep Day at the Blue Heron Farm operation will focus on programming that will increase and improve the profitability of sheep operations, Richard Ehrhardt, Small Ruminant Specialist at Michigan State University, will be the keynote speaker.  The programming for the day will also include EQIP programming, internal parasite control, manure management, farm tours, forage demonstrations, grazing management, and many other topics.

A partial list of what visitors will see includes:

•       Blue Heron Farm Land and Facility Tour and Management Discussion

•        Increasing the Profitability of your sheep flock

•       Basic Sheep Management Practices for the Beginner or Novice Shepherd

•        Internal Parasite Programs

•        Lamb Carcass Cuts and Lamb Cooking Demonstrations

•        Utilization of Annuals and Perennials in a Pasture Management System

•        Ruminant Nutritional and Health Programs utilizing Dried Distillers Grain

•        Utilization of Watering Systems in Pasture and Grazing Management Systems

•        Manure Management

•        EQIP Funding for a Sheep Farm.

There will also be a Trade Show dealing with several aspects of sheep production and management for the attendees to visit and purchase supplies and equipment. Ohio Sheep Day will offer visitors the opportunity to visit a successful sheep farming operation that is dedicated to sheep production in a profitable way.  Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management is cordially invited to Ohio Sheep Day at the Blue Heron Farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Columbiana County.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for July 15, 2011, as well. Once again the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council are working on the development of a pre-Ohio Sheep Day tour of some area grazing and forage oriented farming operations.  More details will follow.

Ohio Sheep Day is sponsored by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, OSU Sheep Team, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department. Hopefully, the sheep producers can come to this program and get some great ideas about sheep nutrition, sheep management systems as well as many other areas of sheep production.

We look forward to seeing many sheep producers at the Ohio Sheep Day. It will be a day of learning and socializing with other sheep people.  If you have any questions regarding Ohio Sheep Day activities, please contact Roger A. High at (614) 246-8299 or by email at rhigh@ofbf.org.  More Ohio Sheep Day information can be found on the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association website at www.ohiosheep.org.  A lamb luncheon is included as part as registration for the Ohio Sheep Day event, no preregistration necessary.

Directions to 2011 Ohio Sheep Day

From the West: Take SR 30 from Canton.  At the intersection with SR 172 in East Canton take SR 172 to Teegarden Rd.  Follow Teegarden across the lake causeway to the third driveway on the left.

From the East:  Take SR 30 out of Lisbon, to the Y with SR 172; take SR 172 to the right.  Turn right at Depot Rd.  Turn left at Teegarden Rd.  Go one mile to the bottom of the hill just before the lake.  Farm is on the right.

From the North:  Take Depot Rd. south from Salem to second Teegarden sign on the right.  Go one mile to the bottom of the hill just before the lake.  Farm is on the right.

In addition, plans are underway for the Fourth Ohio Forage and Grasslands Sheep Farm Bus Tour to be held on Friday, July 15, 2011 in the Columbiana County area. This is of course the day before the Ohio Sheep Day event. The Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council in cooperation with the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association is pleased to be able to bring this educational event to our sheep producers. As we continue to planning process, more information will be made available. Please visit our website at www.ohiosheep.org for more information.

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