The 55th Biennial Spooner Sheep Day will be held at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station on Saturday, Aug.18. This year will mark the 60th consecutive year for an annual sheep field day at the Spooner Station. The sheep field days alternate between a Biennial Spooner Sheep Day in even-numbered years and a Biennial Spooner Dairy Sheep Day in odd-numbered years.
The sheep field days have a long tradition of providing useful information to the state's sheep producers and are the longest-running agricultural field days of the many held each year by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Registration will begin at the station headquarters at 8:30 a.m. with the program ending at approximately 3:15 p.m. Two presentations this year will be on sheep grazing systems with Otto Wiegand, Area Livestock Agent, Spooner, presenting "Keys to a Successful Intensive Grazing System" and Laura Paine, Grazing Specialist, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Madison, presenting "Resources for Starting Grazing or Improving Your System." Justin Luther, UW-River Falls, will provide information on "Ewe and Ram Management for a Successful Breeding Season", and Yves Berger, recently retired Sheep Researcher from the Spooner Station, will present highlights from his 24 years of sheep research at the station. The afternoon program will be spent on the pastures and at the sheep barn with discussions and demonstrations. The complete program can be viewed at http://fyi.uwex.edu/wisheepandgoat/.
A delicious lamb lunch will be served at noon at a cost of $8 per adult, $5 for children ages 5 to 11, and free for children under 5. Advanced reservations are not required. For more information, contact Lorraine Toman at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station (715-635-3735, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Spooner Sheep Day is sponsored by the Department of Animal Sciences and the Agricultural Research Stations of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and Cooperative Extension of the University of Wisconsin-Extension.