Calendar of Events and MSBA Board of Directors (BOD) Meetings 2015
January 13-15: 74th Maine Agricultural Trades Show. Civic Center, Augusta. The full schedule should be available soon at www.getrealmaine.com
MSBA will have a booth again, that needs to be wo/manned
to volunteer please contact Donna Flint
January 14, 6-8pm: MSBA workshop with presentations: Adam Vasher (APHIS) on guard animals and pet predators; Dave Kennard (Wellscroft Farm, NH) on pros and cons of herding dogs; MSBA members Joan Rolfe, John Simmons, and Philip Webster on guard animals.
January 28-31: 150th ASI Convention, Reno, NV. More information available at www.sheepusa.org
MSBA directors Brant Miller and Richard Brzozowski will attend the convention and report back to the membership in a future newsletter issue.
February 17, 7pm: BOD meeting via conference call. Call in number will be made available prior to the call. If you are interested in participating, please email Lisa Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 1: Spring issue of The Producer. Submission deadline 10 days prior
March 7: Beginner Level Sheep Shearing School, at Wolfe Neck Farm, Freeport. Registration includes shearing manual and lunch. More information on these three shearing schools and registration forms will be available in 2015 at: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/sheep-shearing-school/
April 17-18: Blade Shearing School with Kevin Ford, at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. Limit of ten participants. Registration includes shearing manual, morning refreshments and lunch each day.
April 21, 7pm: BOD meeting via conference call. Call in number will be made available prior to the call. If you are interested in par- ticipating, please email Lisa Webster at email@example.com
April 26: Intermediate Shearing School with Gwen Hinman. Limit of six participants. Registration includes shearing manual, morning refreshments and lunch.
May 15-17: New England Livestock Exhibition (NELE), Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor.
Friday: Youth Outreach Day. Events around livestock with Cindy Kilgore, Diane Schivera, Donna Flint.
May 30, 10am-2pm: Farm Tour with focus on sheep feed and guard animals at Collyerbrook Farm in Gloucester. Followed by pot-luck lunch and BOD meeting.
June 6-7: Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor. More information at www.fiberfrolic.com/
Saturday: 8am-12pm MSBA Wool Pool.
Afternoon: FAMACHA training
November 14: The 2015 Sheep and Goat Seminar will focus on marketing tips to equip producers with the skills and knowledge to improve their business.
Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2015
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield
Cost: $30 per person ($35 per person starting Nov 1st)
Early Registration: $5 discount for registering before Nov 1
More Information: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/sheep-goat-seminar-2/
November 14: MSBA Annual Meeting will be held at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield following the sheep and goat seminar.
Join us on Saturday, November 14 at 4:00 pm (at the conclusion of the Sheep and Goat Seminar) for our annual meeting. There is no cost to attend! Current members can pay their 2016 membership the evening of the event ensuring you will continue to receive all the benefits of membership. The program will include Jim Weber's update to the Haemonchus Contortus research project at the University of Maine.
We look forward to seeing many members on the 14th of Nov. The meeting will conclude no later then 6:00pm. RSVP to the annual meeting by email to Lisa Webster: Lisa@northstarsheepfarm.com