OSU Extension/OSIA to Hold Sheep and Goat Programs This Winter

January 5, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association will offer nine district sheep and goat programs throughout Ohio this winter, as well as a Sheep and Goat Production School in Athens.

The district program series was launched in 2001 to provide educational opportunities on a wide variety of sheep and goat management topics for Ohio livestock producers.

Meeting fees may apply; contact the OSU Extension educator listed for information.

These sessions are planned:

  • Jan. 6, Wilmington. "Australian Sheep Production," 7 p.m., Clinton County Extension Office, 111 S. Nelson Ave., Suite 2, Wilmington. Contact Tony Nye, Clinton County Extension educator, 937-382-0901
  • Jan. 12, Mt. Victory. "Marketing Sheep and Goats to the Ethnic Population," meal at 6 p.m., $15, reservations required by Jan. 6; program at 7 p.m., Mt. Victory Plaza Inn. Contact Wesley Haun, Logan County Extension educator, 937-599-4227, or Gene McCluer, Hardin County Extension educator, 419-674-2297.
  • Jan. 31, Woodsfield. "Minerals and Vitamins for Sheep and Goats," 7 p.m., Monroe County Court House, 101 North Main St., Woodsfield. Contact Steve Schumacher, Belmont Co. Extension educator, 740-695-1455, or Mark Landefeld, Monroe County Extension educator, 740-472-0810.
  • Feb. 16, Piketon. "Internal Parasite Management in Sheep and Goat Flocks" and "Developing a Flock and Herd Vaccination Program," 7 p.m., OSU South Centers, Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, Piketon. Contact Jeff Fisher, Pike County Extension educator, 740-947-2121.
  • Feb. 17, Hamilton. "Maximizing Forage Utilization with Grazed and Stored Forages" and "Predator Control," meal at 6:30 p.m., reservations required by Feb. 10, (bring covered dish, lamb provided); Butler County OSU Extension Office, 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton. Contact Cindy Meyer, Butler County Extension educator, 513-887-3722.
  • Feb. 22, Burton. "Ecology and Management of Coyotes and Other Predators," 7 p.m., Geauga County Extension Office, Patterson Center, 14269 Claridon-Troy Rd, Burton. Contact Les Ober, Geauga County Extension program assistant, 440-834-4656.
  • Feb. 24, Mt. Hope. "Maximizing Forage Utilization with Grazed and Stored Forages," meal at 5:30 p.m., $15 (reservations required by Feb. 19); program at 6 p.m., Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen, 8101 State Route 241, Mt. Hope. Contact Dianne Shoemaker, Wayne County Extension educator, 330-264-8722.
  • March 8, Findlay. "Maximizing Forage Utilization with Grazed and Stored Forages," 7 p.m., Hancock County Extension Office, 7868 CR 140, Findlay. Contact Gary Wilson, Hancock County Extension educator, 419-422-3851.
  • March 14, Zanesville. "Lamb and Goat Carcass Evaluation," 7 p.m., Muskingum County Extension Office, 225 Underwood St., Zanesville. Contact Mark Mechling, Muskingum County Extension educator, 740-454-0144, or Howard Siegrist, Licking County Extension educator, 740-349-6900.

In addition to the District Sheep and Goat Program series, OSU Extension and the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association will also offer a Buckeye Hills Region Sheep and Goat Production School in Athens. The series will take place on Tuesday evenings, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Athens County Extension office, 280 West Union St. Registration is $35 per person or couple if they share materials. For more information, contact Rory Lewandowski at 740-593-8555.

More information, as well as changes and updates to the programs, can be found athttp://www.ohiosheep.org, or by contacting Roger A. High, OSU Extension sheep program specialist and OSIA executive director, at 614-246-8299 or rhigh@ofbf.org.

Roger High