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Virginia-North Carolina Shepherds' Symposium

Livestock Update, November 1998

December 4 & 5, 1998

Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va.

Program Overview:

Friday, December 4
1:00 pm  "Looking Ahead: Future of the U.S. Sheep Industry" Dr. Wayne Purcell, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
2:00 pm"Lamb Type and Marketing Alternatives" Dr. Scott Greiner, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech; Mr. Mike Carpenter, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
3:00 pm"Marketing Lambs in the Mid-Atlantic Region" Producer Panel
3:30 pmBreak
4:00 pmVirginia Sheep Industry Board Meeting
4:00 pm"Toxicity in Sheep: Causes and Symptoms" Dr. Dennis Blodgett, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
5:30 pmSocial Hour and Commercial Exhibits
6:30 pmLamb Banquet
Saturday, December 5
7:00 amVirginia Sheep Producers Association Annual Meeting; "Current Issues and Future Plans for the American Sheep Industry Association" - ASI Representative
8:30"Practical Forage Systems for Sheep" Dr. Paul Peterson, Extension Forage Specialist, Virginia Tech
9:15 am"Forage Systems that Work on My Operation" Producer Panel
9:45 amBreak
10:00 am"Maximizing Returns from Your Wool Clip" Mr. Stanley Strode, Mid-States Wool Growers Cooperative, Canal Winchester, Ohio
11:00 am"Flock Health and Management: Challenges and Observations" Dr. Donna Matthews, DVM, Luray, Va.
12:00 pmLunch on your own
1:30-3:30 pmDemonstrations and Workshops (Virginia Tech Copenhaver Sheep Center and Livestock Judging Pavilion)
Repeated Concurrent Sessions
Topics:Flock Health Issues and Diagnosis of Disease
Ram Breeding Soundness Exams
Wool Quality & Handling
Forage Analysis and its Use in Ration Formulation
Ram and Ewe Selection

Registration Deadline: November 23, 1998

For registration information contact:
Conference Registrar
Division of Continuing Education
810 University City Blvd., Suite D (0272)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-5182
Fax: (540) 231-3306 (for credit card registrations only)

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