MSA SPRING FIELD DAY
ROONEY'S FRONT PORCH FARM
8611 47TH DR, LIVE OAK, FL 32060

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019
MSA Members Free    All Others $25

SATURDAY'S FUN!

 
9:00 - 10:30   Marketing Lambs For The Holidays - Ruth Taber  
Florida is home to a large ethnic population of Muslims, Greeks, and Hispanics. The Muslims have certain holidays each year, requiring a live lamb, providing demand for our lambs. Topics of discussion will include when to breed your ewes to meet this demand, on-farm processing - pros and cons, gender, size, and age of lambs, etc.
10:30 - 12:00  FAMACHA Training, $25 Fee -- Sally Mangra
The barber pole worm is a silent killer, causing anemia and certain death if not treated. The FAMACHA technique shows the producer which animals to deworm, and more importantly, which animals do NOT need deworming. These are the individuals to keep for future breeding stock. Internal parasite resistance is inherited, and through FAMACHA record keeping and a thoughtful breeding program, the producer can produce a more parasite resistant flock. Sign up and pay below. 
10:30 - 12:30 - Basic Shepherding
This workshop runs concurent with the FAMACHA training course.
Basic Shepherding will cover giving shots, hoof trimming, common lambing problems and how to treat, nutrition, various breeds, etc. There are always interesting twists and turns during these workshops, so even if you have experience, don't let the word "Basic" scare you off. There is always something new that comes up.
12:00 - 1:00  Lamb Lunch  We're not sure yet what we'll serve, but we guarantee it will be good!
1:00 - 1:45  Scrapie Update - Amy Whicker USDA/APHIS
The Scrapie Eradication Program is a federal program, so each state must comply with the regulations regarding farm flock number using specific "Scrapie" tags, and number of specimens submitted by each state for testing. There can be changes to the program, and Amy will update us on what is happening now, and in the future. 
1:45 - 3:15 Forages and Rotational Grazing
Jane Cant,  UF/IFAS Agriculture & Small Farms Agent 
In Florida, we can plant winter forages, and keep them more nutritional, and actively growing, using rotational grazing practices. The same for our summer pastures. A healthy, lush pasture, means healthy animals. If we become good "grass farmers," we will see improvement in the health, and reproduction, of our livestock. 
3:15 - 3:45 Getting The Most From Your Extension Agent
Bob Hochmuth,  Asst. Center Director, N. Florida Research & Ed. Center,
Suwannee Valley
Our local extension agents can provide information on soil type, what grows well in a certain area, give us networking information, etc. They are an invaluable resource.
3:45 - 4:30  Card Grading  Carol Postley, Fairmeadow Farm
This workshop will be hands on, and will discuss conformation, bone structure, and what problems to avoid in choosing breeding stock. A well structured animal will be more productive through the years. You will learn how to "score" during the selection process.




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