marzo 2017 Events

marzo 6
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University Park, Penn.
Penn State Extension Seminar

"Getting Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records into Relevant Decision-Making Tools" will focus on helping sheep and goat producers become more familiar with how to develop estimated breeding values through the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP).

Workshop topics will include defining and ranking traits, how genetic information (estimated breeding values or EBVs) can assist in improving performance traits, selection for parasite resistance in pasture-raised sheep and goats, development of breeding objectives and approaches to selection of breeding animals, fecal egg count and live ultrasound demonstrations, the value of EBVs, and enrolling and using the NSIP system. This workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

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marzo 7
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University Park, Penn.
Penn State Extension Seminar
The Integrated Parasite Control and FAMACHA Training Workshop will help producers better prevent and control internal parasites in their herd or flock.

Topics will include small ruminant parasite ID and biology, dewormers and drug resistance, integrated parasite-control practices, and the FAMACHA system including hands-on training for detection of anemia associated with barber-pole worm infections. Presenters also will provide updates on a USDA Northeast SARE project titled “New Approaches for Improving Integrated Parasite Control for Small Ruminants in the Northeast” and on a USDA OREI project titled “Forage-based Parasite Control in Sheep and Goats in the Northeast U.S.”

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marzo 11
to marzo 12
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Locke, N.Y.
Northeast Sheep Shearing School

A two-day sheep shearing school will be held at Shepherds Way LLC Farm in Locke, N.Y., on March 11-12. Instruction will include the shearing pattern, blade sharpening techniques, physical fitness, hand piece maintenance and more. This school is for both beginners and advanced shearers.

The school is sponsored by the American Sheep Shearing Academy and will be instructed by Doug Rathke of Minnesota. Rathke is one of the top shearers in the United States and has had extensive training from the New Zealand Wools. Rathke is skilled at both machine and blade shearing.

The registration cost is $185 per person. The class will be limited to 20 students.

Deadline for registration is February 15, 2017.

If you are unable to attend the shearing school, but are still interested in learning more about sheep shearing an instructional DVD is available. This 90-minute “how-to” DVD is filled with useful tips and information on shearing. The cost of the DVD is $44.95 and may be obtained at the address below.

To register for the shearing school or to purchase the DVD send your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and a check or money order in US funds made payable to Doug Rathke and mail to Doug Rathke, 61231 Hwy 7 W, Hutchinson, MN 55350. Call 320-587-6094 for questions.

marzo 13
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Eden, Texas
Minimizing Livestock Predation Workshop
The Minimizing Livestock Predation Workshop is set for 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. March 13 in the Roy Burnes Civic Center in Eden. The workshop is being conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

“Predation is a constant worry to sheep and goat raisers throughout our region,” said Tanner Wieghat, AgriLife Extension agent in Concho County. “This workshop will offer topics for both new and seasoned producers, so no matter what your predator management skill level, this program will have plenty to offer.”

Individual registration will be $20 for adults and $10 for youth. Fees are due upon arrival and include a catered noon meal. For more information and to RSVP, call the AgriLife Extension office in Concho County at 325-732-4304.
marzo 21
to marzo 22
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Versailles, KY
Kentucky State Shearing School
Kentucky state shearing school at C. Oran Little Research Center in Versailles.

For information, contact Don Ely at 859-257-2717 or
marzo 24
to marzo 25
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Raleigh, N.C.
Carolina Fiber Fest
Carolina FiberFest will again be at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC. Drawing fiber enthusiasts from the surrounding area and beyond, this family-friendly event features classes, free demonstrations, and shopping for yarn, ready-to-spin fiber, patterns, tools, accessories, and specialty items.

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