October 22 & 23, 2021

The Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers Association will be holding their Annual Conference, on October 22 & 23.   The conference will start off on Friday, October 22nd at 5:00 pm with a tour of the new Veterinary Technology Facility at NECC in Norfolk, NE.  The association will continue their conference Saturday, October 23, at the Madison County Fairgrounds, in Madison, NE.  The conference will start at 9:00 AM and finish with a wonderful lamb dinner around 5:00 PM. 

 Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D. from Michigan State University will be keynote speaker.  Richard Ehrhardt has been the small ruminant specialist at Michigan State University since 2009 holding a joint appointment between the departments of animal science and large animal clinical sciences.  He received his BS in Animal Science from UW-Madison and his graduate training (MS and PhD) from Cornell University.  His interest in extension and applied research were fostered by a diversity of experience with sheep including purebred sheep during his youth, shearing professionally since his early teens, field research in New Zealand and Australia, and managing his own flock of commercial ewes on an accelerated lambing program for the past 20 years. His applied research interests revolve around increasing production efficiency in small ruminants through strategic nutritional management, optimizing aseasonal reproduction, improving whole-farm forage utilization and by establishing preventative health programs.

We will also have Dr. Lisa Surber, Ph.D., She was born and raised on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada and is still active in her family’s commercial cattle operation.  She obtained her B.S., M.S., and PhD in Animal and Range Sciences from Montana State University. During her time at MSU, she was the managing director of the Montana Wool Lab. Lisa served as a Wool Education Consultant for the American Sheep Industry Association and with WestFeeds as a Ruminant Nutritionist. Lisa now runs her own consulting business providing nutritional expertise for cattle and sheep, wool buying, classing, and education services, NSIP certified ultrasounding services, and OFDA on-site wool testing services. Also, she is the Executive Secretary for South Dakota Sheep Growers Association. She is a certified sheep ultrasound technician and an ASI Level 4 wool classer and instructor and performs these services across the US and Canada. Lisa now lives in Newell, SD and can be reached at lmsurber@gmail.com or 406-581-7772.

Topics for the conference will include: New Ideas on feeding your flock, sheep and goat budgets, nutrition and flushing, Membrane Protection Technologies: fueling fertility, marketing you product, from farm to harvest what it takes, producers panel and vendors to check out.

To register visit our website nebraskasheepandgoat.org or click on the link below.

If you have questions contact Melissa Nicholson at ne.sheep.goat@gmail.com or 308-386-8378