Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association: Plans Fall workshop on artificial insemination


SUGARCREEK, Ohio — The Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association will hold their fall workshop “Improve your sheep flock with farmer-friendly artificial insemination” Nov. 13 at the farm of Noah and Mary Yoder, located at 2999 County Road 70, Sugarcreek, Ohio.


The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. The workshop will share results of the first year NCR Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant on artificial insemination in sheep. Topics include ewe and ram management, methods used in the project and what worked and what didn’t work, results from the first year of the project and a question and answer period.


Presenters will be Dr. Dale Duerr and Dr. Craig Zimmerly. Duerr is a retired veterinarian from Bolivar, Ohio, where he had a mixed veterinary practice. He also maintains a flock of 60 sheep.
Duerr has an interest in bio-security in methods of improving sheep genetics using artificial insemination and training farm team members in all aspects of ram management and care, breeding soundness exams, collection and handling of semen, and AI techniques. He is a member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.

Zimmerly, of Apple Creek, is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.

Cost and details

The cost of the workshop is $10 and includes lunch and materials. For more information contact Don Brown at 330-763-0494 or don.pllc@gmail.com or Kathy Bielek at 330-264-5281 or kathy.bielek@gmail.com.


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