Our mission is to promote and encourage keeping sheep in Connecticut. The CSBA was formed in 1893, and we have been supporting Connecticut shepherds since that time by educating sheep farmers about issues relevant to raising lamb and wool, and facilitating marketing opportunities.
Announcing the 107th Annual, 2016 Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival
April 30, 2016
The 2015 festival is a wrap! Thank you to everyone that participated. The weather cooperated; attendance was good and all reports from the vendors are positive. Again we had some great help from volunteers in providing demonstrations, help at our T shirt booth and at the fleece sale. We also had a number of 4-H clubs and individuals working at the red barn activity center, parking cars, keeping the grounds clean and providing vendor breaks! Festival T -shirts are still available. Contact Lara if you would like to get one.
One skein of sock yarn was turned in as lost; if you think it is yours contact Cathy at the email below.
Planning for the 2016 festival is underway! If you want to be involved contact our festival chair at email@example.com.
New vendors should send an email to our vendor chair expressing their interest. Business or farm name, location, product line, a couple of pictures and assurance of the ability to provide a CT Sales and Use certificate and liability insurance. firstname.lastname@example.org
CT Blanket Reminder
It's not too late to sign up for the Wool Quality Workshop to be held on the western side of the state on May 16th. See the Wool Quality page for information. We will be offering a scarf size this year so even if you only have one sheep you can participate!
If you haven't renewed your membership please do so ASAP. There are several upcoming projects that are available to members only so don't get left out.
Interested in Footvax vaccine?
From the California Wool Growers Association
"California Wool Growers Association is conducting a survey of U.S. sheep producers to determine the potential sales volume for the Footvax vaccine and would appreciate your cooperation in distributing the following survey request/information to your members.
California Wool Growers Association is conducting a survey of U.S. sheep producers to determine the potential sales volume for the Footvax vaccine. For those interested in purchasing the Footvax product (if it were to become available in the U.S.) please submit an order request to email@example.com. Please include your name, contact information, and requested dosage amount.
Although the vaccine is currently not available, the information submitted will be included on a waiting list and California Wool Growers will alert those who have requested the product once it becomes available.
For questions please contact Erica Sanko at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 444-8122."
2015 Randall M. Knight Scholarship
The committee is in the process of making changes to the application process and will post the form here when it is completed.
We have been asked by our State Veterinarian, Dr. Mary Jane Lis and our Federal Veterinarian, Dr. Lech Szkudlarek to remind shepherds about keeping Connecticut compliant with the Federal Regulations for Scrapie Testing/Surveillance. It is important to keep us compliant as once we become non-compliant we will not be able to move sheep between states.
Dr. Szkudlarek says, “The program’s goals are to eradicate classical scrapie from the United States and to meet World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) criteria for disease freedom. At the state level each state must meet yearly minimum testing quotas to comply with “scrapie consistent state” requirements.
Connecticut is a “consistent state” in the USDA’s national Scrapie eradication program, this means that Connecticut follows and meets national guidelines for identifying and sampling sheep and goats”
There are funds remaining to support approximately 28 subsidized necropsies at UConn (CVMDL) for Scrapie surveillance until September 30th, 2014 when the Federal Fiscal year ends. A basic sheep necropsy on September 6th was $170, with the possibility of further costs for extra testing. (Go to http://cvmdl.uconn.edu/ for the most up to date pricing) The current funding will pay $100 of the cost. Dr. Szkudlarek hopes that in the Federal Fiscal Year of 2015 we still will have USDA-APHIS- Veterinary Services money available for necropsies at UConn but suggests the alternative options below available to all sheep and goat producers:
- call our area office at 508-363-2290 for assistance with testing (scrapie test is free!)
- in case of sick call , ask your attending veterinarian about scrapie testing and/or contact VS personnel directly for assistance
- if you are participating in SFCP , they can assist you with collection of required samples e.g. during routine culling /slaughter activities
The bottom line:
Your participation is essential to guarantee that Connecticut retains scrapie consistent state status!
If you have any questions or need assistance please call the USDA area office 508-363-2290
Lech Szkudlarek : 508-245-9767
Natalie Cohen: 860-625-0705
Animals must be Connecticut animals that have been residing in the state longer than 60 days and commingled with other animals of Connecticut origin over 18 months of age. Submissions may be in the form of dead animals- whole body submissions or heads of adults however sick younger animals with neurological signs would also qualify for testing.
If you have animals that you would like to submit for Scrapie testing, but do not want a subsidized necropsy at CVMDL, arrangements can be made with Dr. Lech Szkudlarek or Natalie to collect the samples at your farm or at the slaughter plant.
Attention New sheep producers/owners or anyone that needs help with their sheep operation!
Announcing the American Sheep Industry Association Mentor Program: The ASI has voted to continue the mentor program which allowed us to connect experienced sheep producers with newer less experienced sheep producers, owners or “want to be” sheep owners. We kicked this program off at our Blue Ribbon Forum last year and it was so well received that we would like to continue the effort by renewing the program which offers consultation or even a site visit by one of our mentors. As with the program last year, the crux of the program is to share knowledge, help identify areas of concern and match folks with resources. Funding for this program has been renewed by ASI, however, funds are limited so this is a “first come, first served” situation and site visits will be discontinued when funding runs out. If you would like to take advantage of this program, please contact one of our mentors from the list below.
Peter Sepe: Mentor Program Coordinator, email@example.com, (203) 270-9507
Colin Siegmund: Mentor Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 315-7684
Melissa Higgins: Coventry: email@example.com, (860) 966-9264
Regina Malsbary: Tolland: firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 742-5483
Anne McIntyre-Lahner: Guilford: email@example.com. (203) 458-3070
Russell Robinson: Meriden: RWR54@aol.com, (860) 237-0637
Kevin Woolam: South Windsor: Nutrition Expert: firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 282-0818
GRASS FED ALL YEAR LONG
This is a SARE Grant project striving to help producers deliver a quality grass fed product year round so as to avoid flooding the markets at traditional times of the year. Although most of the information seems to be on beef cattle it certainly can be applied to sheep. For more information on the project go to www.meatsystems.uconn.edu or contact Michael Keilty.
CT Wool Blanket in Split Buffalo Plaid
This is the pattern in 2014
2013 Series #A11 CT Wool Blanket in Small Buffalo Plaid are still available
Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9 am - 4 pm
Rain or Shine
WOOL QUALITY WORKSHOPS
April 25 - Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
May 16 - Sepe Farm
See CT Blanket page for important information about them
CT Blanket Wool Collection Dates
May 30, 2015 from 9-4
June 6, 2015 from 9-4
See CT Blanket page for more information
CORNELL SHEEP PROGRAM
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