2018 Florida Sheep, Wool and Herding Dog Festival


9:00 - 9:45 AM  SCRAPIE UPDATE  Amy Whicker, USDA/APHIS
What They Need From Us and Why  The Scrapie Eradication Program has been very successful, however, monitoring is still required to keep this disease under control.  Each year, states must provide a certain number of specimens for testing. If the requisit number of samples are not available, producers will not be allowed to sell sheep across state lines.  Florida, with our unique ethic market, has been allowed to provide anal tissue samples from live cull sheep, as well as sheep heads for testing. Amy will inform producers how we can participate in providing Florida's samples. 
Scrappie update
9:45 - 10:45 AM  Animal Disposal  Mark Bailey, Marion County Extension Agent.  What is the best way to dispose of dead animals?  Topics include incineration, burial - where not to bury, and how deep, and how to compost. Composting for some makes sense, and produces fertile garden soil.  
10:00 - 11:45 AM  WOOL START TO FINISH - Jonathan Hearn, Shearer and expert wool evaluator,  Pioneer Fiber Mill, Steve Perez,  Learn how to select your sheep for the best wool, then learn how it can be processed  Florida Cracker Sheep originated in Florida, and have become to be used for more wool production. 
12:00 - 2:00 PM - CHEF'S CORNER -  Chef Adrian, Calovine Farm, Williston FL   Adrian will prepare several lamb dishes, showing each step of preparation, and what spices to use. You will be served a delicious lamb lunch. Limited to 12 People. $25 Workshop Fee
2:00 - 4:00 PM  Beginning Shepherd Experienced producers will share their expertise.
1) Focus on Vaccines: Enterotoxemia, ORF (Sore Mouth), and more.
2) Dystocia (Unborn Lamb Malpresentations): This will be an interesting course, and very helpful for beginners. 
3) Drawing Blood: Amy Whicker,USDA/APHIS will give instruction on proper technique for drawing blood for OPP and other blood related tests. We will also learn how to inject IV fluids, and other life saving medicines.
4) Basic sheep care and health; hoof trimming; giving shots; nutrition during and after pregnancy; other sheep related topics.
Beginning Shepherd
3:00 - 4:30 PM  Shearing Workshop - Jonathan Hearn, Master Shearer  Learn how to shear your own sheep, and maintain your clippers. If you have clippers, bring them. 


2:00 - 4:00 PM  Card Grading  Limited to 2 Head Per Farm  Learn how to analyze your purebred sheep according their breed standard. Commercial sheep will be graded on conformation.  MSA members no charge, all others $10 per head.
Card Grading 1 Ewe or Ram
Card Grading 2 Head
10:00 - 3:00 PM SHEEP SHEARING FOR THE PUBLIC $10 Per Head --
Jonathan and Benjamin Hearn will shear sheep on Friday and Saturday.  Sheep must be dry.  Pay at time of shearing. Register only your name below to reserve a spot for shearing. 
NOTE: When you check off below, it is only to say you will be bringing sheep.  You will NOT pay on this registration.
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