The American Polypay Sheep Association has ramped up efforts to promote Polypay sheep and expand its association membership! A prolific breed known for exceptional maternal traits, a high level of adaptability, and ease of maintenance, Polypays can work well in helping the American sheep industry in its effort to grow the United States sheep flock.
New for 2015, the APSA is sponsoring the Polypay Summer Kickoff Sale and Symposium to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Public Events Facility, N695 Hopkins Rd, Arlington, WI 53911, June 12-13. Eighteen consignors from 10 states have entered more than 40 head of quality rams and ewes. The sale will have a non-traditional format. Sale order will be established by the Polypay association members present Friday afternoon. Entries will be presented loose and in natural wool growth after being shorn 2 weeks to 60 days prior to the sale. While not required, any performance data or Estimated Breeding Values which might help market entries, will be furnished for all lots.
With cooperation and support from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Animal Sciences and Sheep Extension programs, the Wisconsin event will include an educational symposium with topics suited for any and all sheep producers. Friday afternoon sessions will discuss data collection and software associated with the National Sheep Improvement Program. A second session will focus on the University of Wisconsin Sheep Program's efforts to manage and eradicate Ovine Progressive Pneumonia from the Arlington flock. A short tour of the Arlington Agricultural Research Station will conclude with a tour and description of the Sheep Unit facilities and activities. Friday will wrap up with a lamb cutting and cooking demonstration from Cody Hiemke, Niman Ranch Lamb Program Manager. Lamb prepared by Hiemke will highlight an evening meal sponsored by Buchan & Bremer Insurance Agency, Minnesota.
The sale barn will open for morning coffee and donuts from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, and a morning educational session titled "Filling Your Toolbox" will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This session will focus on combining everyday management, visual selection, and current technology to increase the productivity of your sheep flock. The weekend will conclude with the sale of some of the best registered Polypay rams and ewes that association members have to offer.These two events will not only highlight the overall productivity of Polypay sheep, but also display the versatility and adaptability of the breed. Sheep producers of all types should consider attending this event, if for no other reason than the opportunity to network with other breeders throughout the central U.S. For more information, contact the American Polypay Sheep Association at: http://www.countrylovin.com/polypay/index.html. Sale catalog requests can be made through sale chairman, Todd Taylor, UW-Madison Sheep Unit Manager at toddtaylor.wisc.edu or 608-332-4914.