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.
105th Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
Saturday, April 26, 2014
9 am - 4 pm Rain or Shine
A Top Ten Destination at Buy CTGrown!
Check it out! Our Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival has been designated as one of the top ten agricultural events where people can go to Buy CT Grown this Spring and this week it seems like Spring is finally here which also means that the Festival will be here before we know it. The lists of 2014 Vendors and Workshops are now posted. Check the Festival page for the latest information.
New format announced for New England Sale
The New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association has announced that they are changing the format for the annual sheep sale from an auction to a private treaty sale. The sale is open to all members of NESWGA and there is an entry fee of $10/head. Sheep must be penned by 7 pm Friday night to allow inspection of animals and paperwork and the sale will begin at 8 am Saturday. Selling ends at 6 pm and all animals must be out of pens by then. The used equipment will still be auctioned off as in previous years. Please read the press release below or check the NESWGA website as there are several other changes that should make this an excellent opportunity for those wanting to sell this year.
Attention New sheep producers/owners or anyone that needs help with their sheep operation!
Announcing the American Sheep Industry Association Mentor Program: The ASI has voted to continue the mentor program which allowed us to connect experienced sheep producers with newer less experienced sheep producers, owners or “want to be” sheep owners. We kicked this program off at our Blue Ribbon Forum last year and it was so well received that we would like to continue the effort by renewing the program which offers consultation or even a site visit by one of our mentors. As with the program last year, the crux of the program is to share knowledge, help identify areas of concern and match folks with resources. Funding for this program has been renewed by ASI, however, funds are limited so this is a “first come, first served” situation and site visits will be discontinued when funding runs out. If you would like to take advantage of this program, please contact one of our mentors from the list below.
Peter Sepe: Mentor Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, (203) 270-9507
Colin Siegmund: Mentor Program Coordinator, email@example.com, (860) 315-7684
Melissa Higgins: Coventry: firstname.lastname@example.org, (860) 966-9264
Regina Malsbary: Tolland: email@example.com, (860) 742-5483
Anne McIntyre-Lahner: Guilford: firstname.lastname@example.org. (203) 458-3070
Russell Robinson: Meriden: RWR54@aol.com, (860) 237-0637
Kevin Woolam: South Windsor: Nutrition Expert: email@example.com, (860) 282-0818
GRASS FED ALL YEAR LONG
This is a SARE Grant project striving to help producers deliver a quality grass fed product year round so as to avoid flooding the markets at traditional times of the year. Although most of the information seems to be on beef cattle it certainly can be applied to sheep. There are several summer workshops with farm visits scheduled. For more information on the project go to www.meatsystems.uconn.edu or contact Michael Keilty.
CT Wool Blanket in Split Buffalo Plaid
This will be the pattern in 2014
2013 Series #A11 CT Wool Blanket in Small Buffalo Plaid is now here!
CSBA FARM SIGNS
Show passersby and visitors that you are a member of the Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association, Inc. with these attractive farm signs. The 12”h x 18”w aluminum signs have a reflective white vinyl surface sporting the CSBA, Inc. logo with the word “Member" added. There are 4 holes pre-punched in the metal but not in the sign surface so you can choose which ones you want to use to mount your sign. A great value at $20.00 each. We can ship!
To order signs contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Commemorative Lapel Pins $3
Youth Beef and Sheep Day
June 14, 2014
Tolland County Agricultural Center
9am to 4pm
WILLINGTON WILLING WORKERS 4-H CLUB
Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
Saturday, April 26, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Rain or Shine
New England Sale
North East Youth Sheep Show
July 17th - July 20th
Eastern States Exposition Grounds
New format for New England Sale
2014 CT Blanket
Wool Collection Days
9 am - 3 pm
Saturday, May 31 & June 7
UCONN Sheep Barn
See Blanket page for more information
CORNELL SHEEP PROGRAM
view their full calendar of events
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