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Hair Sheep Symposium/Vision 21 Workshop
April 16-18, 1999

Livestock Update, February 1999

Charles Parker, Executive Director, U.S. Sheep Seedstock Alliance, Columbus, Ohio
(Contributed by Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Sheep, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech)

Exciting-futuristic topics, qualified speakers, producer panels, hands-on sessions have been programmed to provide breeder vision for creating competitive and profitable seedstock management plans for the 21st Century.

On Friday, April 16, beginning at 12:30 p.m. the U.S. Sheep Seedstock Alliance in cooperation with the American Dorper Sheep Breeders Society, Katahdin Hair Sheep International and St. Croix Sheep Breeders Association will sponsor a National Hair Sheep Symposium. Hair sheep breeds will be on exhibit. Results from studies and producer experiences will be reported/discussed.

The Eastern Regional Sheep Seedstock Workshop will initiate the USSSA Vision 21 Program Theme on Friday 16, at 7:30 p.m., and end at noon on Sunday, April 18. Twenty-first Century customer base, consumer preferred characteristics, genetic and reproductive technologies, EPD/AI/ET use, mating systems--outcrossing, inbreeding, linebreeding, balanced genetics, utilizing genetic diversity for breed improvement, biotechnology for breeding sheep, nutritional and disease management alternatives, elimination of scrapie topics will be presented along with discussion. This workshop has been scheduled in cooperation with the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association.

Location: Maryland State Fair Ground Complex Conference Center, Timonium, Md. Directions--from Baltimore area: Baltimore Beltway (Rt. 695) to Exit 24 (I-83 N.). I-83 N. to Exit 17 (Padonia Rd.). From York, Pennsylvania area: I-83 S. to Exit (Padonia Rd.) Follow signs to Fairgrounds.

Lodging: Days Hotel, next to the Maryland Fair Ground Complex has reserved a block of rooms at a special rate until March 25. Days Hotel address: 9615 Deereco Road, Timonium, MD 21093, Ph 800-235-3297, 410-560-1000 and Fax 410-561-3918.

Registration: Pre-registration total for both events is: Individual, $25, and family, $35. Send registration fee along with mailing address by March 31 to the USSSA Office, 4719 Reed Rd., Suite 201, Columbus, OH 43220.

Make your reservation today!! The Hair Sheep Symposium and Eastern Regional Sheep Seedstock Workshop are special events programmed to enhance the future value of breeding sheep and the U.S. seedstock industry.

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