Our mission is to promote and encourage keeping sheep in Connecticut. The CSBA was formed in 1893, and we have been supporting Connecticut shepherds since that time by educating sheep farmers about issues relevant to raising lamb and wool, and facilitating marketing opportunities.
2016 Randall M. Knight Scholarship
The application for the 2016 Randall M. Knight Scholarship is now available. The due date is June 1, 2016 so there is no time to waste!
Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival 2016!
Another festival has come and gone; one of the best ever!
The weather was absolutely perfect which certainly contributed to RECORD attendance!
Highlights included the fleece sale; good food including some lamb dishes; music by the Fiddleheads; festival T shirts; sheep shearing and skirting; working herding dogs; weaving, spinning, crochet, bobbin lace making and a whole range of home crafts by the Society for Creative Anachronism; hands on activities and information in the 4-H kids korner and many informal demonstrations by our vendors at their sales booths. Our vendors, the majority of which are small farms and businesses from the Northeast, offered all things fiber, maple products, beads, spinning equipment, soap, herbals, buttons and many other items.
The festival is staffed totally by volunteers, some are on the board of the CSBA and many are members or friends who donate their time, effort and expertise to make this event possible!
We want to sincerely thank everyone who contributed or attended!
Pictures provided by Winter Caplanson, CT Food and Farm.
Please check our festival area soon for information on the 2017 festival; we have new event and vendor chair people so contacts will be updated but our festival will be the last Saturday in April and we are looking to make it better than ever! Never too soon to volunteer or start on your design for our festival T shirt.
Online Training Program for FAMACHA© Certification
As part of new Northeast SARE Grant producers can now get certified online for Famacha
See all the information on the Producer Education Page
CONNECTICUT BLANKET FEATURED ON WFSB 3
Well today was the day and as promised here is the link to the segment called
The Comfort of Sheep
It was nicely done and again we would like to thank the UCONN Department of Animal Science, Dr. Zinn, Mary Margaret Cole and Aubrey Grabber for allowing the interview to be filmed at the University and for Kara Sundlun, her cameraman and Producer for taking an interest in the CT Blanket and creating the story for all to see.
WHY TAG YOUR ANIMALS?
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture sent out this message today to remind everyone why it is important to put your own ID tags in your animals.
There are advantages to producers officially identifying their animals and keeping records of their animals moving off the farm:
· It ensures that the ownership of their animals will not be confused with others either by the transporter or at a livestock market. This will minimize the risk of a producer being paid for an animal owned by someone else, which could be of lesser value.
· It provides producers with additional sales options, potentially resulting in a higher sales price. Officially identified animals can be sold and moved from more than one livestock market prior to going to a slaughter facility.
· It ensures the correct ownership of animals moving through the market chain to slaughter facilities, minimizing the risk of a producer being wrongly held responsible for incidents of either drug residue violations or disease conditions involving animals he did not own.
Animal Disease Traceability Rule Information for Connecticut Producers
Bureau of Regulation and Inspection
Seven steps to use when animals are going to be shipped
Questions should be directed to:
Conn. Animal Disease Traceability Coordinator
Conn Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Regulation and Inspection
165 Capitol Ave., Room G8A
Hartford, CT 06106
860-713-2515 Office Fax
860-706-5749 Direct Fax
CT Wool Blanket in Split Buffalo Plaid
This was the pattern in 2014
Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
Saturday, April 30, 2016
9 am - 4 pm
Rain or Shine
WOOL QUALITY WORKSHOPS
12:30 PM at Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
Sunday, May 15th at 1:00 PM at Sepe Farm
See Wool Quality page for more info
CORNELL SHEEP PROGRAM
View their full calendar of events
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