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Event will include a visit to a successful sheep farm, educational outbreaks and a trade show.

June 21, 2017

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SHEEP DAY: Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management and production is invited to attend the 2017 Ohio Sheep Day July 15 in Wooster.

Ohio Sheep Day will be July 15 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Sheep Research Unit, where major sheep research is being conducted at Ohio State University. 

The event at 5743 Fredericksburg Road, Wooster, will offer visitors the opportunity to visit a successful farming operation dedicated to sheep production in a profitable way. Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management and production is invited to attend. A lamb luncheon is included as part of registration, and no preregistration is required.

The OARDC Sheep Research Unit hosts a commercial sheep operation, concentrating its efforts on sheep research involving many aspects of sheep production and management. The farm is located in northeastern Ohio, where the terrain is gently rolling, making it an ideal location for grain crops as well as ruminant livestock production.

This year will once again focus on programming, which will increase and improve the productivity and profitability of sheep and other small ruminant operations.

A list of programs includes:

• OARDC Sheep Research Updates by Francis Fluharty, OSU Animal Sciences

• Pasture Walks With the Experts by Bob Hendershot, Green Pasture Services and Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension

• Beginning and Novice Shepherd’s Sessions by Roger Shearer and Doug Clevenger, OSU Animal Sciences

• Current Research: The Effect of Weaning Age on Lamb Health and Performance by Brady Campbell, OSU Animal Sciences

• The Impact of Internal Parasites on Sheep Operations by Jeff McCutcheon, OSU Extension

• Managing Primary Predator Issues on Sheep and Livestock Farms by Tommy Butler, USDA

A trade show will also take place, and attendees can purchase supplies and equipment. This show will deal with several aspects of sheep production and management.

For further information regarding Ohio Sheep Day activities, contact Roger A. High at 614-246-8299 or [email protected]. Additional information and directions to the site can also be found at

Major sponsors of Ohio Sheep Day include the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, OSU Sheep Team, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ashland, Holmes and Wayne County Farm Bureaus, Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department, and the American Sheep Industry.

Source: OARDC

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