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2014 Ohio Sheep Day

May 21st, 2014 · No Comments

The 2014 Ohio Sheep Day will be held on Saturday, July 12 at the Ray Family farm located in Noble County.  An added feature of this year’s event is an American Sheep Industry Eastern Region Predator Control Workshop that will be held in conjunction with Sheep Day on the Ray family farm.  For more details about the event including program topics, registration and directions to the farm see the following documents:

 

Ohio Sheep Day to be held July 12, 2014 at Ray Family Farm

By: Roger A. High, State Sheep Extension Associate and

The Ohio State University, Executive Director, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program 

The 2014 Ohio Sheep Day is scheduled for Sat., July 12, 2014. It will be held at the Ray Family Farm, home of Shawn and Kim Ray and Family. The farm is located in beautiful Noble County, at 50725 Ray Ln., Cumberland, OH  43732. 

Ray Family Farm is a primarily grass based commercial sheep, goat, and cattle operation in the heart of Appalachia Ohio, concentrating their efforts on providing the highest quality forages to their livestock.   The farm is located in Southeastern Ohio where the terrain is very rough and rolling, making it an ideal location ruminant livestock production.

This year’s Ohio Sheep Day will once again focus on programming which will increase and improve the productivity and profitability of sheep and other small ruminant operations. This year’s program will also feature the ASI Eastern Region Predator Control Workshop, which is a workshop which will concentrate on controlling the primary species of predators in the east, Coyotes and Black vultures.

Below is a partial list of the programs that attendees will see at the 2014 Ohio Sheep Day includes:

      Eastern State Predator Programs and Philosophies

      Effective Use of Guard Animals for Predator Control

      Non-lethal Predator Control Methods

      Utilization of Trapping and Snaring Techniques

      Utilization of Livestock Protection Collars and M-44’s

      Basic Sheep Management Practices for the Beginner or Novice Shepherd

      Successful Agricultural Lime Application for Forages

      Successful Pasture Renovation

      Basics of Small Ruminant Pasture and Grazing Management

      Selection of Sheep Equipment

A trade show will also take place at the Ohio Sheep Day event, where attendees may visit and purchase supplies and equipment. This show will deal with several aspects of sheep production and management.

Ohio Sheep Day will offer visitors the opportunity to visit a successful sheep farming operation dedicated to sheep production in a profitable way. Sheep farmers and anyone interested in sheep management is cordially invited to attend.

Sheep producers will also receive great ideas about sheep nutrition, sheep management systems and many other areas of sheep production. A lamb luncheon is included as part of registration for the Ohio Sheep Day event. No pre-registration is necessary.  Registration cost is $10/person for OSIA members and $20 for non OSIA members.

For further questions regarding Ohio Sheep Day activities, please contact Roger A. High at (614) 246-8299 or by email at rhigh@ofbf.org. Additional Ohio Sheep Day information and directions to the site can be found on the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association website at www.ohiosheep.org.

Ohio Sheep Day is sponsored by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, OSU Sheep Team, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department, Pennsylvania Sheep and Wool Growers Association, USDA Wildlife Services and the American Sheep Industry.

Directions to the 2014 Ohio Sheep Day

Ray Family Farm: Shawn and Kim Ray, 50725 Ray Lane Cumberland Ohio  43732

From:Wooster,Ohio

TakeUS 250E toI-77S towardCambridge

Followfrom:Cambridge,OHdirectionstothe2014OhioSheep Day

From : Cambridge, OH

TakeI-77S towardMarietta,go for8.2mi

Takeexit#37/OH-313/Senecaville/Pleasant City.

Turn  right  onto  Clay Pike(OH-313),  go for 1.2  mi

Turn left  onto  Marietta Rd (OH-821),  go for 7.2 mi

Just after  small  white  block  Post  Office, turn right onto Rayner Rd (CR-12), go for  1.7  mi

Turn  right onto Ray Lane  (TR-96). go for 0.4  mi

You are at  the  Ray  Family Farm and the 2014 OSIA Ohio Sheep  Day.

From: Columbus, OH

TakeI-70E towardWheeling,fromReynoldsburg/Pataskalaexit,gofor57.3mi

Takeexit#169/OH-83/Cumberland/NewConcord

Turn right  onto  SFriendshipDr  (OH-83),   go for  3.8  mi  Turnleft  onto  Clay  Pike (OH-313,OH-83),   go for  1.0mi  Bear  right onto Spencer  Rd  (OH-83),   go  for 6.2mi   In Cumberland ,Ohio  turn left  onto W  Main St (OH-146,OH-340),   go for 0.3 mi    At the four way stop by  Firehouse,  go straight  onto  E  Main  St.,   go for  0.2 mi   Continue  on  Perry’s Den  Rd  (CR-211),   go for 0.8  mi    Bear  right  onto Conner  Rd  (CR-2180),  go for  1.1  mi   Now  in  Noble County, continue on  Rayner  Rd  (CR-12), go for 1.6  mi   Turn  leftonto  Ray Lane  (TR-96),  go for  0.4 mi

You are at the  Ray Family Farm and the 2014 OSIA  Ohio Sheep  Day.

From: Marietta, OH

Take I-77 N toward Cleveland, go for 28.8 miles

Go past Caldwell ,Ohio unless spending  the night  before.  Take  exit#28/OH-821/BelleValley 

Turn right  onto  Marietta  RD (OH-821),   go for 4.1  mi   Turn  Left  on to  Rayner  Rd(CR-12),   go for 1.6  mi   Turn  left onto Ray Lane  (TR-96),   go for  0.4 mi

You  are at the Ray  Family Farm  and  the 2014 OSIA  Ohio Sheep  Day.

ASI Eastern Region Predator Control Workshop

By: Roger A. High, Executive Director, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Sheep and Wool Program 

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and the Pennsylvania Sheep and Wool Growers in cooperation with the American Sheep Industry will be hosting the ASI Eastern Region Predator Control Workshop this summer in Southeastern Ohio.   The ASI Eastern Region Predator Control Workshop is scheduled for Sat., July 12, 2014 in conjunction with the Ohio Sheep Day program. The program will be held at the Ray Family Farm, home of Shawn and Kim Ray and Family. The farm is located in beautiful Noble County, at 50725 Ray Lane, Cumberland, OH  43732. 

“One of the primary reasons that people are discouraged by the sheep business is predators, primarily coyotes and black vultures in the eastern states” states Roger A. High, Executive Director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association.  We are planning this workshop to cover a number of topics about predator control that will hopefully help the sheep farmers stay in sheep production.    With this predator control knowledge, we hope that we can improve and increase the productivity and profitability of sheep operations.  We will have a diverse group of speakers which will cover many different areas of predator control.

As part of the ASI Eastern Region Predator Control Workshop and Ohio Sheep Day event, a lamb luncheon is included as part of registration for the event. No pre-registration is necessary.

For further questions regarding the ASI Eastern Region Predator Control Workshop and Ohio Sheep Day activities, please contact Roger A. High at (614) 246-8299 or by email at rhigh@ofbf.org. Additional predator workshop and Ohio Sheep Day information and directions to the site can be found on the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association website at www.ohiosheep.org.

The ASI Eastern Region Predator Control Workshop and Ohio Sheep Day is sponsored by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Pennsylvania Sheep and Wool Growers Association, Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, OSU Sheep Team, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio State University Animal Sciences Department, USDA Wildlife Services and the American Sheep Industry.

CONTACT: Roger A. High PHONE: (614) 246-8299 E-MAIL: rhigh@ofbf.org

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