The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA) is hosting "Sheep Day" at the Howard County Fairgrounds, Saturday, October 26th.
The cost is $10 for MSBA members ($20 for non-members). Dr. Dan Morrical from Iowa State is the invited guest speaker, and the seminar theme is "NUTRITION".
SPEAKER: Dr. Dan Morrical from Iowa State University is the invited speaker. His teaching specialties include instruction in production systems, management, resource evaluation and allocation, nutrition health, financial records, and low cost nutrition alternatives. His area of research is sheep nutrition, sheep health, fetal and lamb survival.
LUNCH: A special lunch of grilled lamb slider + sausage, tortellini soup with lamb sausage and more will be a culinary delight.
LODGING: Turf Valley in Ellicott City has a special rate for this event.
Group Code 27V6X2
Room rate (plus tax) of $119 (traditional) or $149 (executive king).
Contact Turf Valley directly to make reservations (410-465-1500, or 1-888-833-8873). Or online at www.turfvalley.com and use group code 27V6X2. In order to insure room availability and quoted rates, it is mandatory that reservations are received no later than the Cut-Off Date of 10/10/2013.
• Sheepman Supply
• Frederick Farmers Co-op
• Singleton Fiber Mill will be onsite, so drop off fleeces that you want processed
Bring 1-3 sheep or farm related items that you want to ‘swap’. For example, bring a sock pattern, skein of yarn, farm tool, sheep book – then use your ‘swap ticket’ to choose a ‘new-to-you’ item from the table.
Following the Sheep Industry Day will be the MSBA Annual Dinner -- great food, you are invited.
October 26 -- Maryland Sheep Industry Day -- Howard County Fairgrounds
8:30 – 9:00 Registration check in. Coffee & doughnuts
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and introduction
9:10 – 10:00 Nutritional Importance of Minerals and Vitamins – Dan Morrical
10:00 – 11:20 Controlling Feed Costs – Dan Morrical
11:20 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:15 Ration balancing Software – Susan Schoenian
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch and vendor time
1:30 – 2:30 Feeding Ewes Better for Increased Production and Profit – Dan Morrical
2:30 – 3:00 Hands-on demo of Hay Analysis –Jeff Semler
Visually give Hay bales a score, then compare with the actual hay analysis. Compare hay price to %TDN/protein. Explain when you would use that particular hay (dry ewe, early gestation, lactation). Or would it be cheaper to buy a bagged feed/grain.
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:00 – 4:00 What's wrong with my sheep? What's your diagnosis? Susan and Dan Discuss sheep health issues that are nutritional in nature (e.g. White muscle, Copper toxicity, Acidosis, Ketosis)
4:00 – 4:20 Tips & Tidbits: Equipment you can make on the farm: Mineral feeder, lambing jug panels. Home remedies (e.g. electrolytes) to use in an emergency.
4:20 – 4:30 Closing remarks. Adjourn.
6:00 MSBA Annual Banquet (with great Appetizers - provided by Shepherds Manor Creamery, Colleen and Michael Histon). Dinner to begin at 6:30 PM
You are invited to attend the MSBA Annual Dinner. Cost: $15.00.
For additional information contact Kelly Vorac Cole--Secretary, MD Sheep Breeders Association
Phone: (240) 446-0996