Monday, April 4, 2016

Shepherd's Workshops at MSWF

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival has an excellent line-up of Shepherd's Workshops this year. Each workshop costs $20 to attend. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to

  • Keeping Parasites at Bay with Dr. Andrea Loar
    Thursday, May 5, 8:30-10:00 am.
  • Best Breeding Practices with Dr. Andrea Loar
    Thursday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Differences among sheep breeds for growth, carcass, and meat quality traits with Dr. Kreg Leymaster
    Thursday, May 5, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • New Approaches to Eradicate Ovine Progressive Pneumonia with Dr. Kreg Leymaster
    Friday, May 6, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Get greater genetic improvement with cooperative breeding schemes with Dr. Kreg Lemaster
    Friday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
  • What are the production limits for easy-care sheep? with Dr. Kreg Leymaster
    Friday, May 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

All the workshops will be held in the show ring.

About the speakers
Dr. Andrea Loar is a 2014 graduate of Cornell University. She is owner of Windy’s Legacy Livestock Reproduction Services, LLC, a practice specializing in food animal and small ruminant reproduction and neonatal care. She also works for the Mountain View Animal Emergency Clinic in Hagerstown, Maryland. She grew up raising market lambs in Howard County.

Dr. Kreg Leymaster joined the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (in Clay Center, Nebraska) in 1978 and has led sheep and swine genetic research. Dr. Leymaster’s sheep research has emphasized evaluation of dam and sire breeds in terminal crossbreeding systems, estimation of genetic parameters, investigation of mutations affecting muscle development, and genetic resistance to disease.

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