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.
Annual Meeting and Dinner and Producer Education Forum
The Annual Meeting and Dinner were held at the Willimantic Elks Lodge on December 6th and new this year we started early in the afternoon with several producer forums which were very well attended. The dinner was a sell out and the facilities were beautiful. Some of the amendments to the Constitution passed and another one failed so it will go back to the Board to be re-worked and a new meeting will be held with notice sent to members when the time comes.
2014 Randall M. Knight Scholarship
There were no applicants for this year's scholarship. The committee will be meeting to see what changes can be made to the application process to encourage more applicants. Suggestions from members can be emailed to Sylvia Murray for presentation to the committee for their consideration.
Hello Local Meat Partners and Friends
It has been a very long time in the works, but I am happy to report that Connecticut now has a full-service USDA-inspected slaughterhouse and meat processing facility open to the public. Many of you have participated in discussing the need for and challenges of finding convenient and reliable USDA-inspected services here in Connecticut. Your interest and involvement have been very important.
New England Meat Packing (formerly Brothers Quality) and the Connecticut RC&D Council would like to invite you to attend an Open House at the NEMP facility at 30 Furnace Hollow Road in Stafford Springs on Thursday, November 13 from 10-noon to see their facility and new processing room and discuss the possibilities for continued partnership and improvement of access to Connecticut-produced meat.
Thank you for your commitment to local food, and we hope to see you in Stafford on November 13.
John P. Guszkowski, AICP, LEED-AP, ENV-SP
Director of Planning Services
CME Associates, Inc.
32 Crabtree Lane, PO Box 849
Woodstock, CT 06281
We have been asked by our State Veterinarian, Dr. Mary Jane Lis and our Federal Veterinarian, Dr. Lech Szkudlarek to remind shepherds about keeping Connecticut compliant with the Federal Regulations for Scrapie Testing/Surveillance. It is important to keep us compliant as once we become non-compliant we will not be able to move sheep between states.
Dr. Szkudlarek says, “The program’s goals are to eradicate classical scrapie from the United States and to meet World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) criteria for disease freedom. At the state level each state must meet yearly minimum testing quotas to comply with “scrapie consistent state” requirements.
Connecticut is a “consistent state” in the USDA’s national Scrapie eradication program, this means that Connecticut follows and meets national guidelines for identifying and sampling sheep and goats”
There are funds remaining to support approximately 28 subsidized necropsies at UConn (CVMDL) for Scrapie surveillance until September 30th, 2014 when the Federal Fiscal year ends. A basic sheep necropsy on September 6th was $170, with the possibility of further costs for extra testing. (Go to http://cvmdl.uconn.edu/ for the most up to date pricing) The current funding will pay $100 of the cost. Dr. Szkudlarek hopes that in the Federal Fiscal Year of 2015 we still will have USDA-APHIS- Veterinary Services money available for necropsies at UConn but suggests the alternative options below available to all sheep and goat producers:
- call our area office at 508-363-2290 for assistance with testing (scrapie test is free!)
- in case of sick call , ask your attending veterinarian about scrapie testing and/or contact VS personnel directly for assistance
- if you are participating in SFCP , they can assist you with collection of required samples e.g. during routine culling /slaughter activities
The bottom line:
Your participation is essential to guarantee that Connecticut retains scrapie consistent state status!
If you have any questions or need assistance please call the USDA area office 508-363-2290
Lech Szkudlarek : 508-245-9767
Natalie Cohen: 860-625-0705
Animals must be Connecticut animals that have been residing in the state longer than 60 days and commingled with other animals of Connecticut origin over 18 months of age. Submissions may be in the form of dead animals- whole body submissions or heads of adults however sick younger animals with neurological signs would also qualify for testing.
If you have animals that you would like to submit for Scrapie testing, but do not want a subsidized necropsy at CVMDL, arrangements can be made with Dr. Lech Szkudlarek or Natalie to collect the samples at your farm or at the slaughter plant.
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. For more information on the project go to www.meatsystems.uconn.edu or contact Michael Keilty.
CT Wool Blanket in Split Buffalo Plaid
This is the pattern in 2014
2013 Series #A11 CT Wool Blanket in Small Buffalo Plaid are still available
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