Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Dec. 3 in Wooster

Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Dec. 3 in Wooster

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The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, in partnership with the Ohio State University, invites all sheep enthusiasts to the 2022 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium in Wooster on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the OARDC Shisler Conference Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster.

This year’s symposium theme is management and marketing. The primary focus of discussion will be around housed and dry lot management of commercial sheep. Additional breakout sessions will elaborate on marketing strategies for lamb and wool.

A full slate of speakers will be featured at the symposium.

Dr. Eric Gordon, a clinical veterinarian at OSU Large Animal Services in Marysville, will address strategies to promote animal health and welfare in confined systems.

Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, a senior extension specialist in small ruminants at Michigan State University, will provide considerations for facility design and economics of conversion to a housed sheep system.

Dr. Andrew Weaver, an assistant professor and extension small ruminant specialist in the department of animal science at North Carolina State University, will continue discussion of sheep management in confinement with a focus on genetics and nutrition.

Additional special guests at the symposium will include Roger Hunker on online livestock sales, Garth Ruff on marketing meat products off-farm, Sandra Morris on adding value to wool, Dr. Brady Campbell and Christine Gelley with an OSU research update on solar grazing, Courtney Anderson on coyote research and more.

Additionally, the night prior to the symposium on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m., the Young Shepherd’s Assembly will gather at JAFB Brewery, 120 Beall Ave., Wooster, for appetizers, pizza, drinks and discussion with some of the symposium’s featured guests. This event serves as an opportunity for shepherds under 40 to gather with their peers for social interaction and networking ahead of a day of education together. To attend, note your attendance with registration.

Shepherds of all ages, sectors and regions are invited to attend the symposium to connect with other shepherds and to continue learning together. If unable to attend the symposium in person, you won’t have to miss the event. The 2022 symposium will be held in a hybrid format including options for both in-person or online participation depending on preference. To join the symposium virtually, be sure to select that option during registration and provide an accurate and valid email address.

To register online, print a form or view the full program schedule, visit OSIA Programs at www.ohiosheep.org or the OSU Sheep Team Events/Programs page at sheep.osu.edu. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, and a lunch featuring lamb chops and cheesecake will be included in registration.