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Virginia-North Carolina Shepherds’ Symposium

Livestock Update, January 2008

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

Virginia-North Carolina Shepherds’ Symposium
January 11-12, 2008

Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Program Overview:


Friday, January 11


9:00 am - 5:00 pm             

Sheep Management 101 Workshop
All day hands-on clinic for beginning shepherds covering topics related to basic sheep production and lambing management (*limited to first 30 participants registered, additional registration fee)
4:00 pm

Virginia Sheep Industry Board Meeting (open to public)
Holiday Inn, Blacksburg

6:00 pm

Virginia Sheep Producers Association Board Meeting (open to public)
Holiday Inn, Blacksburg

Saturday, January 12

All activities at Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena
8:00 am  Registration & Commercial Exhibits
9:00 am “Routine and Emergency Medicine for the Sheep Flock”
Dr. Dee Whittier, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
10:00 am “Forage Management: Preparing for 2008”
Dr. Ben Tracy, Department of Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech
10:30 am “Feeding Strategies for Drought Conditions”
Dr. Mark Wahlberg, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech
11:30 am Virginia Sheep Producers Association Annual Meeting
12:00 noon

Updates from American Sheep Industry Association & American Lamb Board

1:00 pm                       





“Legislative Issues Impacting Virginia Livestock Producers”
Ms. Lindsay Potts, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
1:30 pm  “Agriculture Laws and Your Operation”
Dr. Leon Geyer, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
2:15 pm Break- Commercial Exhibits
2:45 pm “Key Components to Making Money in the Sheep Business”
Dr. Scott Greiner, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech
4:00  pm 8th Annual Virginia Bred Commercial Ewe Lamb Sale
Selling crossbred ewe lambs (breeds include Suffolk and Hampshire crosses, Katahdin, Dorset, Finn, St. Croix cross, and speckle-face)

Registration Deadline:  January 2, 2008

For registration information contact:
Dr. Scott Greiner
Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences (0306)
366 Litton-Reaves Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA  24061
Phone:  (540) 231-9163     Fax:  (540) 231-3713


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