Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ohio Forage and Grassland Council’s Sheep Grazing Management Tour

Sheep producers and grazing enthusiasts are invited to participate in the annual Ohio Forage and Grassland Council’s Sheep Grazing Management Tour.  The tour this year will be held July 12, 2013 in Holmes County.  The chartered bus tour will be held in the beautiful Charm area of Holmes County.  The tour will include visits of four Amish sheep farms, lunch and refreshments.

Topics to be discussed on the farms include information for the beginning sheep producer using low-cost start-up practices, cool-season pasture species, warm season annual grasses, sheep mineral needs, fencing, rotational pasture management, breeding management and marketing.  Each farm is different and they will explain and share how their sheep production system works for their farm and family.

Resource people for the day; along with the host farmers will be Bob Hendershot of Green Pasture Services, Jeff McCutcheon, OSU Extension Morrow County, Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Wayne County and Troyce Barnett, Ohio NRCS grasslands specialist.  They will be available all day to help lead the discussion and answer questions.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 100 people.  Thanks to the financial sponsorship from the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program and the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council, the cost is only $35 per person.  Ohio Forage and Grassland Council members will receive a $10 rebate on the bus.  The Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association has planned the tour and is handling registration.  Registrations must be received by July 1, 2013.  No refunds after July 1.  Send reservations to Velda Limbach, 14950 Stanwood Street, S.W., Dalton,  OH 44618; include name, address phone number and email with the check made payable to OHSIA.

Check-in for the bus tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the back parking lot of Keim Lumber located at 4465 SR 557 Charm, Ohio 44617.  The buses will leave promptly at 9 a.m. from Keim Lumber. Lunch will be served at the Carpenter’s Café located inside Keim Lumber.

For more information contact Rory Lewandowski at the Wayne County Extension office 33-264-8722.

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