Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, November 04, 2000, Image 11

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    ‘Reinventing The Appalachian Shepherd’ Conference Nov. 9-10
Within the Appalachian region
of the U.S. lies a group of coun
ties eastern Ohio, western Vir
ginia, south central and western
Pennsylvania, and most of West
Virginia that shares a topogra
phy and climate as well as loca
tion well suited for sheep produc
This combination provided the
region a rich sheep history, a
time when many counties report
ed agriculture as their leading in
dustry and sheep as the most
profitable and largest enterprise.
Those days are gone.
Sheep numbers have fallen
steadily for the last 130 years.
The tragedy lies in the fact that
even though the economy has
changed and the sheep industry
of the past will never return to
the previous level of profit or
numbers, this area possesses
every resource necessary for
sheep farming to become a sus
tainable source of income for
farm families. In fact, ewes eat
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7270 Old Harrisburg Road, York Springs, PA 17372
David A. Reinecker
(717) 528-8428 FAX (717) 528-7065
• Brandt’s Farm
Elizabethtown, PA
• Les Hershey
Kirkwood, PA
• Rovendale Ag &
Watsontown, PA
• Bruce Lemmon
Carlisle, PA
• Lyco Dairy Service
Cogan Station, PA
• Knepper Enterprises 570-494-0708
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Breezewood, PA
• Bensons Farm
Groton, NY
• Maryland Livestock
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ing forages from Appalachian
mountainsides might be the
management model best able to
compete in the current agricul
tural order of narrow margins
and severe price swings.
For sheep to again make an
important contribution to farm
income and family well-being,
the industry will have to be re
built with new farmers, new
management systems, and new
alliances this means “reinvent
ing the Appalachian shepherd.”
A conference with that title is
scheduled Nov. 9-10 at the Ra
mada Inn in Morgantown,
W.Va. to consider what is re
quired for a new sustainable and
financially important sheep in
This conference will become
the gathering point for all the re
searchers, business folks, educat
ors, and producers from the mid-
Appalachian region to share
their work and consider produc
tion models for the future.
Many bright and energetic
people from all
sectors of the re
gional sheep in-
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• Cedar Crest
Lebanon, PA
• Hess Equipment
Mifflinburg, PA
• Kauffman Farm
Mt Pleasant Mills, PA
• Kauffman Farm
Belleville, PA
• Seneca Farm &
Home Supply
Seneca Falls, NY
• Boivin Farm Supply
Vergennes, VT
• Simmons Feed &
Linville, VA
dustry are working on more proj
ects than most of us know and
solving more problems than most
knew existed. This conference
will provide a platform for them
to share their ideas and everyone
else to consider and react to
This conference will not be
limited to just local presentations
and ideas. Some management
models from other sheep produc
ing regions will be shared. Those
attending the conference should
leave with a better understanding
of where our sheep industry
needs to go and how to get there.
The program includes reports
from the following research and
industry leaders:
• The Easy Care Ewe Selec
tion and Breeding Program,
Dave Notter, Virginia Tech.
• Out of Season Management
Model, Keith Inskeep and Doola
rie Singh, WVU.
• Internal Parasite Abatement
and Forage Management, Bill
Shulaw, Ohio State.
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• The Predator Control Pro
gram of the Future, Bill Bonwell
• Intensively Managed/Low
Input Flocks, Jim Clay, Ohio
State (retired).
• Sheep Budgets for Appala
chian Shepherds, a Pocahontas
County, W.Va. Case Study, Jim
Pritchard, extension agent, Poca
hontas County.
• Incorporating Thousands of
Years of Natural Selection Into a
Logical On-Farm Breeding Pro
gram, Charles Parker, Ohio
• The Rewards of a Long-
Term In-Flock Selection Pro
gram, Maijorie and Walker Ray
bum, Edenton, N.C.
• The Fencing Systems of the
Future, Stan Potratz, Premier
Fence Systems, Washington,
• Challenges and Opportuni
ties of Large-Scale Shepherding,
John Etchpare, Cheyenne, Wyo.
• The New Shepherding Para
digm, Paul Rodgers, American
Sheep Industry Association.
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• Forage inventory and pro
duction potential for the Appala
chian Region.
• The Sociology of Shepherd
ing, Can Shepherds Achieve the
American Dream?
The conference begins at 1:15
p.m. Nov. 9 and end at 3 p.m.
Friday. Registration fee of $4O
includes Thursday dinner, Fri
day lunch, and breaks for both
days. Single-day registration is
A block of rooms has been re
served for the conference group.
All attending will receive a copy
of the proceedings.
For registration information,
contact your extension agent or
Becky Casteel at rcasteel@
wvu.ed or (304) 293-6131 x 4231.