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Sunday, October 14, 2018
48 Judd Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
The Symposium starts out on Friday, Oct 12th with hands on activities for new and experienced goat and sheep raisers starting at 2 pm. Farmers can rotate through four structured stations practicing important livestock skills such as hay evaluation, tubing newborns, hoof trimming, dealing with dystocias. Dr. Mary Smith, DVM will teach a hands-on field necropsy workshop at the Teaching Bar aimed at more experienced goat and sheep raisers. We’ll also have a lecture on goat/sheep raising 101 for beginners, a poisonous plans workshop and a workshop on using online software to balance feed diets.
Saturday’s lineup also includes both hands-on events and formal presentations. We will have talks on diagnosing diseases and on the current status of Johnes testing by Cornell veterinarians, a talk on marketing wool products by CeCe Tkaczyk of CeCe’s Wool, Francis Chester-Cestari of Cestari Sheep & Wool Company will discuss their “Let’s Grow Wool Sheep Together” program, panel discussions on improving pasture productivity and on artificial rearing by local producers/extensionists, a reproductive technology workshop, a presentation by Rene DeLeeuw on selecting sires and preparing them for the breeding season to name just a few activities.
Sunday’s activities include an integrated parasite management workshop with FAMACHA certification and info on the status of new alternatives to chemical dewormers, a hands-on workshop on fecal parasite egg counts, and a workshop on entering herd data for the National Sheep Improvement Program’s Genetic Evaluation program.
Go to http://blogs.cornell.edu/newsheep/2018-sheep-goat-symposium/ for online registration, info on parking and lodging and short descriptions of the activities.
Registration fees are $60 for the first person ($50 for each additional person) from a farm/family and includes all 3 days of the Symposium. If you are coming for only Friday and/or Sunday (I.e. not attending Saturday) registration is $15 only. Hands-on activities that require prior sign up to insure a space are noted in the Symposium Schedule and registration forms. For a paper registration form contact Barbara Jones at 607-255-7712.