On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Research Stations and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension, you are invited to attend the 63rd Annual Spooner Sheep Day to be held at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station on Saturday, August 22, 2015. A program, with a map, is available below.
The program will be a mix of reports of sheep research results and timely topics for the sheep industry. Featured speakers this year will be Cody Hiemke, B.S. and M.S. in Animal Sciences from UW-Madison and current Lamb Program Manager, Niman Ranch (a natural meats company) and Dr. Kay Nelson, D.V.M from UW-Madison and current veterinarian for the herds and flocks of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Cody will lead a discussion on the production of a quality market lamb and the benefits to both the producer and the sheep industry of producing such lambs. Dr. Nelson will discuss some of the more common sheep health issues she has seen at the UW-Madison sheep units at both the Arlington and Spooner Stations with recommended preventive measures and treatments. Two graduate students working with the sheep program at Spooner (Tom Murphy and Vera Ferreira) and the 2015 summer student intern at Spooner (Emily Petzel) will present results of several projects they have been working on including the Use of Estimated Breeding Values in Predicting Future Performance of Sheep, the Effect of Breed and Hybrid Vigor on Lamb Survival, and a Novel Approach to Controlling Internal Parasites in Lambs
The program will conclude with an open house at the sheep farm in the afternoon that will focus on a discussion among participants on sheep facilities and handling innovations.
A lamb lunch will be served at noon at a cost of $8.00 per adult, $5.00 for children ages 5 to 11, and free for children under 5. Advanced reservations are not required.
Spooner Sheep Day has a long tradition of providing useful information to the state’s sheep producers and is the longest-running agricultural field day of the many held each year by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. We hope to see you at this year’s field day for an informative program, a delicious lamb lunch, and the opportunity to visit with and learn from your fellow sheep producers. For more information, contact Lorraine Toman at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station (715-635-3735, email@example.com) or me (firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-263-4306).
David L. Thomas
Professor of Sheep Genetics and Management