2018 NCSPA Annual Business and Educational Meeting - January 27, 2018
Join other sheep producers SATURDAY January 27, 2018 for a fun day of fellowship and education! Bring the whole family and invite friends. Everyone is welcome. $10 per person or $20 per family (to cover refreshments and lunch) Late Registration: $15 per person at the door Sign up and purchase tickets at: http://groupspaces.com/NCSPA/
Location:Guilford County Extension Office; 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405
Meeting Agenda: 8:30 - 9:10 am Registration, Visit with Sponsors 9:10 - 9:15 Welcome, John Brasfield, NCSPA President 9:15 - 10:45 - Disaster Preparedness and Response for the small ruminant producer - Jimmy Tickel, DVM, Northeastern Region Emergency Programs Veterinarian, NCDA&CS 10:45 - 11:00 Break 11:00 - 12:15 Sustainable Integrated Parasite Management - Kelsey Paras, DVM, MS University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Dept of Infectious Diseases National Center for Veterinary Parasitology 12:15pm - 1:00 Lunch & visit with sponsors 1:00 - 1:20 Update on Lamb Feeders Seminar/Oregon Trip—Andrew Finch, NCSPA VP 1:20 – 2:00 – The Basics Of Pasture Management - Johnny Rogers, MS, PAS, North Carolina State University Amazing Grazing Program Coordinator 2:00- 2:10 ASI Update - Bill Sparrow - Currently serving on the ASI Legislative Action Council, ASI Let's Grow Committee and Sheep Venture Company Board. 2:10 - 2:20 Scrapie Program Update – What’s happening with the free scrapie tags???? NCSPA Scrapie Collection Boxes locations : Susan Proctor, Karen McAdams & Carvel Cheves 2:20– 2:30 Make It With Wool Update - Mrs. Jean Thomas, Charlotte, NC 2:30 - 2:40 Carolina FiberFest Update — Carolyn Beasley, Four Oaks, NC; Alesia Moore, Youngsville, NC -Youth Events Update & NCSPA Mentoring Program update— Alesia Moore 2:40 - 3:10 NCSPA Business Meeting · Elections · Presentation of NCSPA Shepherd’s Award 3:10 – Adjourn
NCSPA members: Carvel Cheves, Carol Cheves and Alesia Moore are working with the NC Small Farm Association to present the following special event:
Raising Sheep on the Small Farm Date: June 10th, 2017 Time: 9 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Clover C Farm - 117 Cheves Rd. Bunn, NC 27508 Phone: (919) 496-2575
Tour of Shepherd's Gate Fiber Processing Mill Date: June 10th, 2017 Time: 2 PM Location: Shepherd's Gate Fiber Mill - 110 Boardwalk Dr, Youngsville, NC 27596 Phone: (919) 522-4110
Cost: Free - ALL are welcome www.facebook.com/Clover-C-Farm www.ShepherdsGateFiberMill.com
2017 Wool Pool Dates
Historically, NC wool producers have pooled their wool to put together quantities large enough to be able to sell on the national market. Due to the shrinkage of the wool market, there is currently only one buyer able to work with sheep producers in the eastern US. Mid States wool Coop out of Ohio has purchased NC wool for the last several years and has agreed to continue to work with our current wool pools.
For more info contact: Charles Young Charles_Young@ncsu.edu 336-877-6811
How we handle and pack wool does play a big role in the final prices we receive. Wool needs to be full staple length, needs to be packed dry in the proper bags, and well labeled. The current standard for bags are large clear plastic wool bags, available through Mid-States and often available at some county Extension offices. You can pick up bags at the wool pools. We can handle small quantities in different containers, sheets, boxes, burlap bags, plastic garbage bags. These should only be used if you only have one or two fleeces. DO NOT use plastic feed sacks or the poly tarps. These have plastic fibers that contaminate wool and will result in rejection of the entire lot.
The primary commercial market for wool is for white wool, so it really pays to keep colored wool separate from clear wool. If you have sheep with black fibers such as Suffolk, keep that wool separate from the all white breeds such as Dorset.
Most of the wool in NC is the medium staple wool, so do not expect fine staple prices unless you have Rambouillet or one of the other fine wool breeds. If you think you have fine wool, make sure you label it.
Wool can still be a part of a positive cash flow in a sheep operation, but we must pay attention to the details to make it pay.