Free National Sheep Improvement Program Workshop

  • Getting Your Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records into Relevant Decision-Making Tools

    Date:    Monday, May 7th, 2018
    Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    Where:    VT. Vermont Tech. College, Red Schoolhouse, South Randolph Road, RM 200
    Randolph Center VT

    Download agenda HERE

    Workshop Topics
    • Defining and ranking of traits
    • How genetic information, estimated breeding values (EBV), can assist in improving performance traits
    • Selection for parasite resistance in pasture raised sheep and goats
    • Development of breeding objectives and approaches to selection of breeding animals
    • Fecal egg count and live ultrasound demo
    • What is an EBV worth?
    • Enrolling and using the NSIP System
    • Breeding soundness exams

    Russell “Rusty” Burgett, NSIP Program Director
    Dr. Anne Zajac, Parasitologist, Virginia Tech
    Dr. Katherine Petersson, Univ. of Rhode Island
    Melanie Barkley, Penn State Ext & NSIP member
    Local small ruminant veterinarian at each workshop.

    Students need to bring their lunch.

    Click here for Campus map. The Red Schoolhouse is Item 22 on this map.

    Parking is available at the Red Schoolhouse and at the church across the street.

    Click here for Directions.

    These workshops are being conducted as part of a USDA Northeast SARE project (LNE15-342) entitled, New Approaches for Improving Integrated Parasite Control Strategies for Small Ruminants in the Northeast. and USDA NIFA Hatch Project 1007290. The University of Rhode Island provides equal program opportunity.