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“2015 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium

Friday, December 11, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, December 12, 2015 (All day)
OARDC,1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691

Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium - Productivity, Profitability, Nutrition, and Sheep Farm Succession Planning Principles

by Roger A. High, OSIA/OSWP Executive Director

The 2015 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium (BSS) “Profitability, Productivity, Nutrition, and Sheep Farm Succession Planning Principles” will concentrate on several topics related to the success of the sheep operation both now and in the future.  In order to increase the educational impact, the BSS is offering an optional Friday December 11 afternoon session in addition to the all-day program on Saturday, December 12. The Friday Dec. 11 afternoon portion of the event will include a “Productivity and Profitability Workshop” with Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Michigan State University Small Ruminant Specialist and Dr. Robert Leder, Large Animal Veterinarian and Sheep Farmer, Bear Creek Sheep Station, Wisconsin.  This session will be held at Fisher Auditorium.  The Saturday December 12 program will be held at the Shisler Conference Center.  Both Fisher Auditorium and Shisler Conference Center are located at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC),1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691.

The planning committee has put together a great program involving many factors and keeping the sheep industry in mind. The symposium program will begin with, “Status and Major Issues of the American Sheep Industry”, presented by Burton Pfliger, president of the American Sheep Industry (ASI).

Primary speakers for the Saturday program will include Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Michigan State University Small Ruminant Specialist; Dr. Robert Leder, Large Animal Veterinarian and Sheep Farmer, Bear Creek Sheep Station, Wisconsin; Dr. Kevin Burgoon, Honor Show Chow Nutritionist, Purina Animal Nutrition; Peggy Kirk Hall, Asst. Professor, Agricultural and Resource Law; David Marrison, Ashtabula County ANR Extension Educator; and Robert Moore, Agricultural Attorney, Wright and Moore Law Firm, Columbus.

Prior to the symposium, the OSIA Annual Meeting will be held Dec. 12. at the same location. The election of the OSIA officer team and trustees will be held, as well as other important items for members to discuss.

We will once again host the annual tradeshow and “Silent Auction”. Funds from the auction have been used as the primary source of income for the Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship Fund for several years. If you will be attending the symposium, you can donate and bid on items for the auction.


Back by popular demand, you’ll enjoy a wonderful lamb shank lunch, served by the OSU Meat Science Club, with the remainder of the meal catered by Das Essen House. Lunch will be followed by an awards program to present the Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award, Distinguished Service Awards, and the Friend of the Ohio Sheep Industry awards. Youth recognition will be given to the state FFA sheep proficiency award winner, state 4-H sheep award winner and Ralph Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship winners.

Although registrations are accepted the day of the event, pre-registration is requested to help with meal planning and event handout materials.

For more detailed information about the 2015 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium including a complete agenda for Saturday’s program, program cost and registration form, and a 2015 Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) membership form, click on the link below:

2015 BSS Information and Registration Packet