The annual Virginia Shepherd’s Symposium will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Augusta County Government Center located in Verona, VA.
This one-day program is open to all sheep producers from the region and provides an educational opportunity for producers, educators and other professionals in sheep and related agribusiness industries. Youth are an important segment of the sheep industry and are invited to attend as well. The program will feature excellent speakers on a variety of topics, and commercial exhibitors will also be present.
The morning sessions will commence at 9 AM, with Dr. Scott Bowdridge from West Virginia University sharing “New Research and its Application to Dealing With Parasites.” Following will be two concurrent sessions, one on wool-related topics led by Dr. Rodney Kott from Montana State University with the other concurrent session focused on flock management strategies led by Dr. Scott Greiner and Dr. Mark McCann of Virginia Tech. Following a lamb lunch, updates from the American Sheep Industry Association and American Lamb Board will be provided. The afternoon session will also feature “Lambing Time Management: Keys to Success” presented by Dr. Dan Hadacek from Ashby Herd Health in Harrisonburg, VA as well as a producer panel and virtual tour of operations from a group of Virginia sheep producers which will share their keys to their sheep operations.
The early registration deadline for the conference is January 5, 2015 (registrations also taken on-site day of program). The registration fee is $25 which includes a proceedings and lunch. For registration information visit http://www.vtsheep.apsc.vt.edu or contact Dr. Scott Greiner, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech, phone (540) 231-9159, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.