According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service the number of sheep in Michigan declined by 6% from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018. The breeding sheep inventory was down 4000 head and the market sheep and lambs was down 1000 head.
Michigan State University will be hosting Sheep and Goats for Small Farms on Saturday, March 3 from 9am to 4pm. We have a great set of speakers lined up this year! The morning kicks off in 1300 Anthony Hall with Dr. Richard Ehrhardt discussing “Vaccination schedules and practices to improve sheep and goat health”, then Ms. Erica Rogers will talk about “Manure management for small ruminants”, and finally Mr. Mike Metzger will present “Small ruminant meat quality”.
After a delicious lunch break, Ms. Jennifer Dominguez will demonstrate processing a lamb carcass. Then we head to the MSU Sheep Teaching & Research Center for labs on Growing lamb/kid health and nutrition as well as Body condition scoring.
We anticipate that this event will be fun and informative for a variety of sheep and goat producers, whether starting out or with a number of years of experience. Registration is $35 per person, which includes lunch and a resource folder. Other members of the same family may attend for $25. Register by FEBRUARY 26 at:
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Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has appointed Brenda Reau to the Board of Directors of the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center. She will serve a three year term.
New MSPA officers were elected at the January 22 MSPA Board meeting. The officers are: President; Ben Bartlett, Vice President; Matt Scramlin, Secretary; Karen Scovill.
The American Lamb Board invites Industry Associations to participate in the 2018 Lamb Promotional Funding Program. This is a competitive process that will give priority to projects that demonstrate innovative promotion ideas and a commitment to share the cost of executing the promotion. Contact Rae Maestas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Denise Bartlett and Jeff Buckham are retiring from the MSPA Board. Their work on the Board is greatly appreciated.