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Shepherd's Symposium

Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Sheep Producers Association host the Virginia Shepherds’ Symposium annually in early January. This program is open to all sheep producers from the region and provides an educational opportunity for producers, educators and other professionals in sheep and related agribusiness industries.  The program features speakers on a variety of topics, and the event hosts the annual meeting of VSPA.

Previous Shepherd's Symposium proceedings and recordings have been posted below for reference.

Wednesday, January 6th (Part 1 )

  • Nontraditional Markets for Sheep - Dr. Reid Redden, Sheep & Goat Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
  • •Producer Spotlight- Joe Gingerich, Gingerich Family Katahdins and Gretchen Frederick, Solitude Wool; Debbie Webster, Whispering Pines Farm, Dairy & Cheese
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Wednesday, January 6th (Part 2)- Parker and Annual Meeting

  • •Update from ASI - Jimmy Parker, ASI Executive Board- Region II Director, Alabama
  • •VSPA Annual Meeting - Mandy Fletcher, President
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Thursday, January 7th (Part 1)

  • Proper Use of Antibiotics on the Farm - Dr. Kevin Pelzer, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Parasite Control Research; Update-Anne Zajac, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
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Thursday, January 7th (Part 2)

  • Farming with labels- Organic, natural, humane, grass-fed: What does it all mean? - Susan Schoenian, Sheep and Goat Specialist, University of Maryland
  • Update from VDACS - Dan Hadacek, DVM, Northern Regional Veterinary Supervisor
  • Opportunities With Virginia Sheep Industry Board - Matthew Sponaugle, VDACS
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