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.
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