Sheep industry diversity to highlight 2018 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium program

By Roger A. High, OSIA/OSWP Executive Director

The 2018 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium (BSS) will once again concentrate on a diversity of topics related to the success of the sheep operation both now and in the future.

This event is Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691.

This year’s two-day program topics include: improving profitability through grazing and forage production principles, sheep nutrition including topics on vitamins and minerals, artificial rearing of lambs, early weaning and technology tips, expanding on OSU/OARDC sheep research, nutrient and manure management, and wool marketing. The popular Friday program Shepherd’s College will concentrate on several facets of production to help sheep farmers improve their profitability, including Management intensive grazing 101, using graziers tools, and producer study groups.

The featured speaker is Woody Lane, a nationally-known livestock nutritionist from Roseburg, Oregon. Lane owns and operates an independent consulting firm “Lane Livestock Services,” teaches courses in forages and livestock nutrition to ranchers in the area, facilitates three forage discussion groups for farmers, and writes the popular monthly column “From the Feed Trough…” for The Shepherd magazine. His book, From The Feed Trough: Essays and Insights on Livestock Nutrition in a Complex World is a collection of 89 of his nutrition articles from The Shepherd and is available on Amazon and with other agricultural supply houses.

Woody is an expert on nutrition, sheep production, pasture management, and grazing techniques. He has been featured speaker in scores of nutrition and forage workshops across the United States and Canada, and has worked internationally in New Zealand and Macedonia. He is no stranger to Ohio, as he was a featured speaker at the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium in 1998 and also the Ohio Sheep Day in 2005. He has published hundreds of popular articles, fact sheets, and practical Extension publications. In the past few years, he helped develop the well-known “SID Sheep Production Handbook” was the operations manager for the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), and together with the popular veterinarian Don Bailey, developed an instructional set of three videotapes called “Lambing Time Management.”

Woody earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Animal Nutrition at Cornell University and has published over 25 scientific, peer-reviewed research articles on sheep and cattle production. He worked on the famous Allegheny Highlands Project in West Virginia in the late 1970s, and was the Wisconsin State Extension Sheep and Beef Cattle Specialist in the 1980s. He has made his home in Oregon since 1990. More information about Woody is on his website, http;//

Registration information, forms and flyers for the Saturday Buckeye Shepherds Symposium, the Friday program and Young Shepherds program on Friday evening are available on the OSIA web site at:, click on the “Symposium” link.  There is an on-line registration option on the OSIA web site.  Register by Nov. 16 for discounted registration fees.

Other speakers include various OSU/OARDC sheep researchers from OSU Animal Sciences; Doug Billman, Associate Faculty, ATI; Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension; and Letty Klein, Michigan Sheep and Fiber Producer. In addition, Rodger Sharp, Columbiana County sheep producer will discuss his recent attendance at the Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School; Rebecca Miller, Columbiana Co. sheep producer will discuss her recent trip to attend the LAMB-Ex program in Australia; and Dr. Mark Lyons, USDA Veterinary Services will provide the USDA Scrapie Program Update. We will also be hosting the Young Shepherd’s Assembly on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 as well as a youth program during the Saturday Dec. 1, 2018 program.

Prior to the symposium, the OSIA will hold its Annual Meeting on Dec. 1 at the same location. The agenda includes the election of the OSIA officer team as well as other important items for members to discuss.

The symposium includes the annual tradeshow and silent auction. Funds raised from the silent auction are the primary source of income for the Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship Fund. We are accepting donations and welcome any bids on the items for the auction.

Lunch includes a wonderful lamb sirloin prepared by the OSU Meat Science Club, with the remainder of the meal catered by TJ’s of Wooster. An awards program to present the Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award, Distinguished Service Awards, and the Friend of the Ohio Sheep Industry awards will follow lunch. The state FFA sheep proficiency award, state 4-H sheep award and Dr. Jack Judy and Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship awards will also be presented.

Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium registration forms are included in the “Ohio Sheep Producer” newsletter. Complete the BSS registration/OSIA membership form and mail it to OSIA, P.O. Box 182383, Columbus OH 43218 or going to the website and paying via PayPal. If you would like additional information, contact Roger A. High at (614) 246-8299 or by email at

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