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Virginia-North Carolina Shepherds' Symposium

Livestock Update, December 2005

Dr. Scott P. Greiner Extension Animal Scientist, Sheep, VA Tech

Virginia-North Carolina Shepherds' Symposium
January 6 & 7, 2006
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
Blacksburg, VA

Program Overview:
Friday, January 6
9:00 am Virginia Sheep Producers Association Board Meeting (open to public)

10:30 Virginia Sheep Industry Board Meeting (open to public)

1:00 pm "Sheep Forage and Grazing Management" Dr. Chris Teutsch, Department of Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

2:00 "Practical Diets for the Sheep Flock" Dr. Warren Gill, Department of Animal Science, University of Tennessee

3:00 Break

3:15 "Co-Managing Sheep and Goats - Important Considerations" Dr. Brian Faris, Department of Animal Science, North Carolina State University

4:00 "Virginia Tech Research Update: Evaluation of Hair Sheep in Easy-Care Lamb Production Systems - Maternal Performance" Dr. Scott Greiner & Dr. Dave Notter, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

4:30 "Practical Lessons Learned the Hard Way" Producer Panel

6:00 Social Hour and Commercial Exhibits

7:00 Lamb Dinner & Entertainment

Saturday, January 7
7:30 am Virginia Sheep Producers Association Annual Meeting (Breakfast)

"Addressing the Needs of Eastern Producers"
Mr. Bill Sparrow, ASI Region II Representative, North Carolina
Mr. Bill Kuecker, Tennessee Sheep Producers Association

"Your Check-off Dollars at Work"
Mr. Joe Harper, American Lamb Board, Seneca Rocks, WV

10:30 Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena Concurrent Hands-On Sessions (30 minute sessions to be repeated)

"Ewe Obstetrics"
Dr. Kevin Pelzer, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

"Sheep Selection 101"
Mr. Tracy Tomascik, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

"Foot Care and Treatment"
Dr. Scott Greiner, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

"Niche/Specialty Wool Preparation and Marketing"
Ms. Robin Freeman, Chesapeake, VA

12:00 Noon Lunch provided by Virginia Junior Sheep Breeders

2:00 pm 6th Annual Virginia Bred Commercial Ewe Lamb Sale

Registration Deadline: December 22, 2005

For registration information contact:
Virginia Sheep Producers Association
Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences
364 Litton Reaves Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540)231-9163
Fax: (540)231-3713

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