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.
CONNECTICUT BLANKET FEATURED ON WFSB 3
Well today was the day and as promised here is the link to the segment called
The Comfort of Sheep
It was nicely done and again we would like to thank the UCONN Department of Animal Science, Dr. Zinn, Mary Margaret Cole and Aubrey Grabber for allowing the interview to be filmed at the University and for Kara Sundlun, her cameraman and Producer for taking an interest in the CT Blanket and creating the story for all to see.
WHY TAG YOUR ANIMALS?
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture sent out this message today to remind everyone why it is important to put your own ID tags in your animals.
There are advantages to producers officially identifying their animals and keeping records of their animals moving off the farm:
· It ensures that the ownership of their animals will not be confused with others either by the transporter or at a livestock market. This will minimize the risk of a producer being paid for an animal owned by someone else, which could be of lesser value.
· It provides producers with additional sales options, potentially resulting in a higher sales price. Officially identified animals can be sold and moved from more than one livestock market prior to going to a slaughter facility.
· It ensures the correct ownership of animals moving through the market chain to slaughter facilities, minimizing the risk of a producer being wrongly held responsible for incidents of either drug residue violations or disease conditions involving animals he did not own.
Animal Disease Traceability Rule Information for Connecticut Producers
Bureau of Regulation and Inspection
Seven steps to use when animals are going to be shipped
Questions should be directed to:
Conn. Animal Disease Traceability Coordinator
Conn Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Regulation and Inspection
165 Capitol Ave., Room G8A
Hartford, CT 06106
860-713-2515 Office Fax
860-706-5749 Direct Fax
2016 - 2017 DIRECTORY ADVERTISING DEADLINE EXTENDED
The deadline for advertisements has been extended to March 15, 2016. Please be sure to get you form, ad and payment in by the deadline so the directory can be available for distribution at the CT Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival.
WANTED! YOUR DESIGN FOR THE 2016 FESTIVAL T-SHIRT!
Just in from our Festival T-Shirt Chair
Calling all Fiber and Artisan Friends
The Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association (CSBA) Inc. is holding a contest that you might be interested in!
As you know, we are hosting our 107th Annual Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival this April and this is the 7th year of our Annual CSBA T-Shirt design contest. I have attached the entry form and guidelines and would love it if you would consider entering a design into our contest! The many patrons and friends of the festival anxiously await the new design each year. The prize is $150.00!!
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a great day-- and thank you for helping promote agriculture and our Connecticut festival!
Director - CSBA, Inc.
Chairperson - Festival T-Shirt Design Contest 2016
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND SHEPHERDS FORUM
SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016
Norfolk Ag School
400 Main Street, Walpole, MA
Registration Deadline is February 26, 2016
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendor space if now full. If you are interested in being on the list for 2017 please check back on the website after the 2016 is over for instructions and contact information.
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 out of Connecticut.
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 still considered a “consistent state” for now in the USDA’s national Scrapie eradication program, which means that Connecticut follows and meets national guidelines for identifying and sampling sheep and goats” however separate quotas have since been set for goats and sheep and sheep numbers are falling behind. If you have a sheep that is over 18 months old that dies please let Dr Szkudlarek know ASAP as they can send someone to your farm to collect the necessary samples or you can submit the animal to the Connecticut Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) at UCONN for necropsy. There is a fee for necropsy that is subsidized in the amount of $100 by USDA and others. There is also a fee based courier service that will pick up the deceased animal and transport it to UCONN. 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 animal 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
Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9 am - 4 pm
Rain or Shine
SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND SHEPHERDS FORUM
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Registration Deadline is 2/26/2016
See Producer Education page
CORNELL SHEEP PROGRAM
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