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save the date for the 23rd annual dairy sheep symposium in quebec

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The 23rd Annual Dairy Sheep Symposium is taking place from Nov 30th – Dec 2nd this year at the Estrimont Suites and Spas, Orford (near Sherbrooke), Quebec.  The title of this year’s symposium is “Profitability in Dairy Sheep Production”, and it will focus on genetics and nutrition of dairy sheep flocks.  Each year the Dairy Sheep Association of North America travels to a different North American location  for this event. Quebec is one of the perfect spots for an event like this to be held as it has a vibrant community of sheep-milk producers and artisan cheesemakers.  The 2017 symposium will feature discussions on the development of long-term breeding plans, using milk data, the diet of dairy sheep, and the nutrition of youngstock; producer and cheesemaker panels; and presentations from dairy sheep researchers in Canada and the Roquefort region of France.  There will also be visits to Quebec dairy sheep and cheesemaking operations — and don’t forget the banquet with dozens of DSANA members’ sheeps-milk cheeses!

For more information click HERE or contact the organisers directly.

Laurel Kieffer (DSANA President):  715-797-3909

Maria-Chantal Houde (2017 Symposium Chair):  819-578-7234

Bee Tolman: 315-760-2766 (Dairy Sheep Association member): 315-760-2766


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these border collies melt my stoneheart

This short documentary out of the UMaine Extension office may appear jut to be another movie about sheep, but don’t be fooled; it’s actually the most heartwarming dog movie since Homeward Bound! (Or, we should say, at least for agricultural geeks…) Featuring: Doreen and John Simmons, Gwen, and Bea of Stoneheart Farm in South Paris, Maine.


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the water grabbing begins…

Hank Vogler spent the last 40 years building his dream ranch in the arid lands of eastern Nevada. But a plan to transfer water from ranches like his to slake the thirst of Nevada’s largest city threatens his livelihood.  This sheep rancher says he won’t give up without a fight.


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ithaca, ny: 2015 cornell sheep and goat symposium, october 2-4

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Calling all sheep and goat enthusiasts! Mark your calendar to spend the weekend learning from featured speakers, veterinarians and crop experts at Cornell University. Don’t be afraid to get dirty with hands-on learning opportunities, covering everything from eartagging to foot rot. The three day symposium will wrap-up with two tours at local sheep farms where you will observe new technologies available for artificially rearing suckling lambs and kids. For a full list of workshops and to buy tickets click HERE.


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northern new york: using birdsfoot trefoil for parasite control pasture walk!

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Northern New York. Two Pasture Walks in September will provide small livestock producers with a research update on whether grazing heavy stands of birdsfoot trefoil, a forage crop high in condensed tannins, can help reduce often fatal worm loads in sheep and goats in Northern New York.

The research funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is the first trial in Northern New York evaluating whether the pasture species known as birdsfoot trefoil can provide a natural pasturing solution for controlling parasites in the small livestock. It is part of a four-year project being conducted in cooperation by Cornell University, the University of Rhode Island, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, and the University of Wisconsin.

The Pasture Walks are set for September 15 at 2:30 pm at Asgaard Farm and Dairy in AuSable Forks, NY, and September 16 at 6:30 pm at the St. Lawrence County Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm in Canton, NY. Interested producers may register for either Pasture Walk with Hodge at 315-379-9192, bmf9@cornell.edu.
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grazing for restoration

Flemish shepherd breathes life into old practice, and moorland

by Toon Lambrechts

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SUMMARY: With the help of 200 sheep and a couple of herding dogs, Leen Ricour is helping the former moorlands of a nature reserve in East Flanders recover – one munch at a time.

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