2021 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Program and Registration Announced

Christine Gelley, OSU Extension Educator ANR, Noble County

2021 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Flyer

To register directly for the event, please visit: go.osu.edu/ohiosheep

2021 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium QR registration code. Scan this code with your phone to register.

The Ohio State University and Ohio Sheep Improvement Association is pleased welcome all to the 2021 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium in Wooster, Ohio on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4 at the OARDC Shisler Conference Center. This year’s symposium theme is genetics and reproduction and will feature a wide variety of speakers and gathering opportunities. In addition, this years program will have two options for attendance as all are welcomed to join either in person or virtually. To secure your spot at this years event, please following the links in the flyer provided above or by scanning the QR code to the right.

On Friday, December 3 from 2-5 p.m. attendees will enjoy an afternoon of discussion on genetic appraisal, reproductive strategies, and record keeping from all aspects of the sheep industry. On Saturday, December 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a collection of sessions including the annual OSIA business meeting, educational presentations, and an awards ceremony. Throughout the day attendees will hear insights on recent changes in the sheep industry and discussion on strategic management of genetics and reproduction. As a whole, the symposium will be an opportunity for shepherds to engage with one another for the betterment their home flocks and the American sheep industry.

Special guests at the symposium will include Isabel and Etienne Richards, Leroy Kuhns, Mike Stitzlein, Dr. Brady Campbell, Nick Forest, Jim Percival, Don Hawk, Susan Shultz, Jacci Smith, and Dr. Eric Gordon.

The symposium will also offer special events for shepherds ages 18 to 40 at the Young Shepherd’s Assembly on Friday evening, December 3 from 5-8 p.m. Young adults are invited to stay for candid Q&A and one-on-one conversation with special guests Isabel and Etienne Richards, grass-based Kathadin producers from North Brookfield, New York, and with their peers. Pizza and drinks will follow at JAFB Wooster Brewery 120 Beall Ave, Wooster, OH 44691.

Shepherds ages 6 to 18 can be involved too through the youth program on Saturday, December 4 at the Shisler Conference Center. OSIA LEAD Council representative Russ Johnson will lead a free and fun program designed especially for youth. Plan to bring your youngest shepherds for this multi-faceted youth program, while you take in the symposium topics.

Shepherds of all ages, sectors, and regions are invited to attend the symposium to connect with other shepherds and to continue learning together. If you are unable to attend the symposium in-person, you won’t have to miss the event. The 2021 symposium will be held in a hybrid format including options for both in-person or online participation depending on your preference.

Mark your calendars for December 3-4, 2021. Proceed to register online, print a form, or view the full program schedule visit OSIA Programs at ohiosheep.org or the OSU Sheep Team Events/Programs page at sheep.osu.edu. Registrations are appreciated by Nov. 19, 2021.

2021 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Flyer

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