Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association
Shepherd’s Clinic and Trade Show
“More Sheep, More Profit...Growing the Sheep Industry in Wisconsin” is the theme of the 2015 Shepherd’s Clinic and Trade Show to be will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Conference Center in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. This day long workshop features concurrent educational sessions for beginning to experienced shepherds on a wide variety of topics. Also included in the Shepherd’s is a trade show, silent auction, and youth program, along with a roast lamb and baked chicken luncheon. Something new for this year’s Shepherd’s Clinic is a photo contest. More details about the photo contest can be found in this newsletter. The luncheon program includes results of the photo contest, ISBA awards and scholarship presentation. Registration is from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. with continental breakfast served until 9 a.m.
Featured speakers include:
Greg Brickner, DVM, Wonewoc, WI, specializing in Small Ruminant Medicine
Carol Wagner, Hidden Valley Farm & Woolen Mill, Valders, WI
Dave Thomas, Animal Science Professor and Sheep Specialist, University of Wisconsin
David Kammel, Agricultural Engineer, University of Wisconsin
Justin Luther, Animal Science Professor, University of Wisconsin- River Falls
Shawn Erickson, Sheep Producer
Brian Johnston, Sheep Producer and Lamb Barbeque Expert, Luck, WI
More presenters will be added
Topics presented will focus on profitability, sustainability, sheep health, and nutrition. Special sessions will be offered for beginning shepherds covering flock management, economics, and sheep health. A producer panel of experienced shepherds will also share their knowledge during one of the breakout sessions.
An outstanding Youth Program is being planned for young shepherds enrolled in 4-H and FFA. The Youth Program will feature live sheep where young shepherds can learn some of the basic skills needed in handling and treating sheep and lambing time management. The Youth Program will wrap up with a hands-on Skillathon.
Registration costs $30.00 for ISBA members and $40.00 for non-members if registered by January 23rd. New this year...all Wisconsin Sheep Breeder Coop members will receive $5 off their registration fee. The youth program fee is $15 per youth. There is an additional charge of $10 per adult and $5 for each youth not pre-registered by January 23rd. The registration fee covers a continental breakfast, lunch, and program expenses.