2013 Ohio Sheep Day

The 2013 Ohio Sheep Day is scheduled for Sat., July 13, 2013. It will be held at the OARDC Sheep Research Unit. The farm is located in scenic Wayne County, at 5743 Fredericksburg Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691.

The OARDC Sheep Research Unit is a primary sheep research unit for the Ohio State University, concentrating on may facets of sheep research by OSU faculty, staff, and students. The farm is located in Northeastern Ohio where the terrain is gently rolling, making it an ideal location for grain crop and livestock production, but more importantly an exceptional place to grow forages and grain for sheep production.

This year’s Ohio Sheep Day will focus on programming which will increase and improve the profitability of sheep operations. Francis Fluharty, Research Professor, OSU Animal Sciences will be the keynote speaker.

Below is a partial list of the programs that attendees will see at the 2013 Ohio Sheep Day includes:


  • Key components to starting a small ruminant farm
  • Successful pasture and barn lambing strategies
  • Successful pasture and barn weaning strategies
  • Basic sheep management practices for the beginner or novice shepherd
  • Internal parasite programs
  • Minerals for small ruminants
  • Basics of small ruminant pasture and grazing management
  • Dealing with a drought-alternative feeds
  • Use of small ruminants to control weeds and build fertility.


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

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 is cordially invited to attend.

Sheep producers will also receive great ideas about sheep nutrition, sheep management systems and many other areas of sheep production. A lamb luncheon is included as part of registration for the Ohio Sheep Day event. No pre-registration is necessary.

For further questions regarding Ohio Sheep Day activities, please contact Roger A. High at (614) 246-8299 or by email at rhigh@ofbf.org. Additional Ohio Sheep Day information can be found on the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association website at www.ohiosheep.org.


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