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.
Save the Date!
We have a date and venue for our Annual Meeting, Dinner & Producer Forums.....well how about lunch instead? The Board of Directors thought it might fit better in people's schedules to change to a luncheon and since the food and room were so nice last year we voted to return to the same venue. The date is Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10am - 4pm at the Elks Lodge in Willimantic. There will be workshops before and after lunch focusing on flock health and improvement and market sales. Download the Invitation by clicking here.
Saturday, November 28th is Small Business Saturday!
Shopping local is a plus for everyone! Skip the big chains and the crowds and visit your favorite family owned business. By shopping locally you help the Farmer, Shepherd, and business person feed their animals, put food on their own table, make that household payment and buy things for their own family plus you get a quality product from a producer that puts pride in their work and who can tell you more about that product than you can read in the newspaper or catalog and it's made in the USA. Check with your local shepherd to see if they are offering a Small Business Saturday at their farm or are participating in one elsewhere!
Save another Date!
December 9th at the Tolland Agricultural Center
Health Care Practices for our Food Animals
A SARE Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
2015 Randall M. Knight Scholarship
The deadline is fast approaching for the 2015 Randall M. Knight Scholarship application. There have been changes in eligibility and other areas so please read the application carefully. Applications must be postmarked by November 14, 2015.
CALLING ALL YOUTH!
CHECK OUT THIS PROGRAM FROM THE ASI
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND SHEPHERDS FORUM
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016
Norfolk Ag School
400 Main Street, Walpole, MA
Cost is $5 per person which helps pay for lunch and all handouts.
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adult and Youth Classes
Open to all!
Sponsored by Rhode Island Sheep Cooperative
Want to attend? Need a ride? Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!
107th Annual, 2016 Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival
April 30, 2016
Festival T -shirts are still available. Contact Lara if you would like to get one.
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
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” To help us stay compliant please:
- 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.
CT Wool Blanket in Split Buffalo Plaid
This was the pattern in 2014
2013 Series #A11 CT Wool Blanket in Small Buffalo Plaid are still available
Annual Meeting, Producer Forums & Lunch
December 5, 2015
10am - 4pm
Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9 am - 4 pm
Rain or Shine
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND SHEPHERDS FORUM
Saturday, March 5, 2016
CORNELL SHEEP PROGRAM
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