February 4, 2016
Previous Participant at the Arlington Sheep Day and Others:
On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of Animal Sciences, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension, and the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, I invite you to attend the 8th Annual Arlington Sheep Day to be held at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station on the morning of Saturday, March 12, 2016. A program, registration form, and map are enclosed.
The morning program will feature current and past students from the M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs in sheep science at UW-Madison. Dr. Claire Sandrock received her Ph.D. in Animal Sciences working in the area of sheep nutrition, primarily in the area of protein utilization. She will discuss nutrition and supplementation strategies for highly productive ewes on pasture. Claire is the past UW-Madison Small Ruminant Extension Specialist and now is the Program Manager, Center for Special Children, Vernon Memorial Healthcare, LaFarge, WI. Cody Hiemke completed the M.S. degree working on estimation of carcass composition of live lambs with ultrasound. He is now the Lamb Program Manager for Niman Ranch, a premium natural meats company. He will discuss the benefits to the sheep industry of the production of high-quality lambs. Tom Murphy is in the process of completing the Ph. D. degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics. He will be joined in his presentation by Todd Taylor, Arlington Sheep Unit Manager, to discuss the use of estimated breeding values to improve flock productivity.
Concurrent to the adult producer program in the morning will be a hands-on program for youth sheep project members and interested adults on evaluation of fleeces, both on and off the sheep, and other sheep-related activities. The youth program will be organized and presented by Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Livestock Youth Specialist; Alissa Grenawalt, Extension Outreach Specialist; and Todd Taylor of the Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison. Attendance forms will be available for all youth that attend this session in case their county approves this activity as a qualifying educational meeting for their sheep project.
The morning educational program will be followed by the Annual Recognition Banquet and Meeting of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative. All Arlington Sheep Day participants are welcome to attend these afternoon activities.
Cost of the morning Arlington Sheep Day program is $5.00 per individual or $10 for a family and includes morning refreshments and educational materials. Pre-registration is appreciated, but registrations for the morning program can be paid for at the door on March 12. The cost for the WSBC banquet is $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 10 years and younger, and pre-registration is required by March 1, 2016. For more information, contact Dave Thomas (608-263-4306, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://fyi.uwex.edu/wisheepandgoat/) or Todd Taylor (608-846-5858, email@example.com) at UW-Madison or Jill Alf at the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative (608-868-2505, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wisbc.com).
David L. Thomas
Professor of Sheep Genetics and Management