The Alberta Sheep Breeders’ Association is very proud of the long standing presentation of the biannual Symposium. This event is a premier opportunity for the sheep industry as it brings in speakers from across the globe, who are experts in their field to present research and technology pertinent to the industry’s growth and sustainability.
This year represents the 50th Anniversary of the Alberta Sheep Breeders’ Association Symposium and the theme is “Back To Our Roots”. ASBA is proud to be hosting this event and looks forward to welcoming guest speakers, which include: Dr Greg Penner, Dr Lesley Stubbings and Tony Stolz. There will also be a GenOvis workshop along with the trade fair, silent auction and the Celebratory 50th Anniversary Banquet.
Be sure to be a part of this exciting event in October
For approaching 40 years, Lesley has been a leading figure in the UK sheep sector, gaining a UK-wide reputation for her outstanding knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the industry and particularly sheep nutrition and parasite control. On winning the award, she joins many reputable faces honoured for their contribution to the UK sheep industry by NSA.
On graduating from Nottingham University with a degree in animal production in 1979, Lesley joined ADAS during which time she was appointed as advisor to the Whitebred Shorthorn Cattle Association, succeeding the late Ian MacDougal, however she quickly worked her way up to become Principal Sheep Consultant. She became an independent sheep consultant in 1997, developing a wide client base within the industry, advising farmers, Defra, organisations such as NSA and many more. In addition, she is a life member of the Sheep Veterinary Society and the leading figure in the SCOPS industry group, which is a world leader in integrated parasite control in sheep.
Dr. Greg Penner is an Associate Professor and Centennial Enhancement Chair in Nutritional Physiology. He joined the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 after obtaining his BSA (2004) and M.Sc. (2004) degrees from the same University, and his PhD from the University of Alberta (2009). His research covers forage utilization, ruminant nutrition, and regulation
gut function in cattle. He has developed 2 indwelling pH measurement systems that have been adopted by the research community worldwide. Dr. Penner has a well-funded research program supporting and has trained more than 10 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He has published over 60 peer- reviewed papers and provided over 40 invited presentations. Greg also has an active extension program helping to communicate research results to end users and serves as the co-chair for the Saskatchewan Beef and Forage Symposium.
Tony grew up on a farm northwest of Calgary, Alberta. He has a BA degree from the University of Calgary and is a Certified Management Consultant. In 1999 Tony and his wife Toby Williams purchased 50 ewes which grew to a flock of over 200 ewes and 450 lambs before they sold in 2005. Tony managed the Alberta Sheep and Wool Commission (now Alberta Lamb Producers) from 1998 to August 2001, at which point he started a Management Consulting business specializing in rural economic development. Tony was a member of the Alberta Lamb Traceability Pilot Project team from 2008-2013 working as project manager and analysis coordinator. Work on the traceability project included exploring sheep enterprise costs of production as well as the costs and benefits of RFID management and traceability systems. Tony is currently the Executive Director of Community Futures Alberta. Community Futures has 27 offices across rural Alberta offering business loans, business training and engages in community economic development projects.
Dr. Chris Clark graduated from the Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and then eventually came to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for a one-year internship. After one year as a rural veterinarian in the UK, he returned to the WCVM to complete his residency, master’s and PhD degrees in clinical pharmacology.
As an associate professor, Dr. Clark has received numerous teaching awards, including the University of Saskatchewan’s Master Teacher Award in 2016.
He has served as the WCVM’s associate dean academic since 2015. His greatest interest is veterinary education.
Dr. Gilleard obtained his BVSc from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liverpool. After three years in general veterinary practice in the UK, he undertook a PhD in Parasitology at the University of Glasgow and then 5 years post-doctoral research in the Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology, at the Department of Genetics, University of Glasgow. Dr. Gilleard was awarded a Wellcome Trust Travel Fellowship in 1998 to spend 2 years in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary before returning to a faculty position at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK. In 2007, he was appointed Professor of Veterinary and Molecular Parasitology at Glasgow before moving to the University of Calgary in 2008 as Professor (Parasitology). He has been Associate Dean Research, in Faculty of Veterinary Medicine since 2012.
Johanne grew up helping her grandfather, Louis-Philippe McCarthy, with his registered Border Leicester flock. She studied animal science at Laval University and worked with Dr. François Castonguay to develop a photoperiod (light control) system for sheep flocks in Quebec. She completed a Master’s degree in 2006, while working full time at the Centre d’expertise en production ovine du Québec (CEPOQ) research station in La Pocatiere. Johanne resigned from full-time work at CEPOQ in 2011, but now works for them part-time, both remotely from home and on-site. Johanne enjoys showing sheep and participates in a few shows each year. She also serves as one of three Quebec directors on the board of the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association.
Bob Beach comes from an educational background having taught senior high school for 20 years. He has a Bachelor of Education degree with majors in English, Physical Education and Psychology. Bob joined the life insurance and financial planning business in 1982 and has been featured six times in the Insurance Sales magazine as his company’s All-Star. In 1983, Bob was promoted to Regional Manager in the Calgary Branch and then returned to personal sales in 1989. Since then he directs all of his energy and expertise in the area of Farm Estate and Retirement Planning. Bob is a certified agricultural farm advisor and work with Alberta’s top farm accountants and lawyers, doing seminars and setting up individual farm transfer programs.
Nicole Masters – Soil Health and Microbes: Integrity Soils, New Zealand
Dr. Kim Stanford – Ergot in Feed: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Dr. Paul Luimes – Nutrition and Feedstuffs: University of Guelph
Dr. Kathy Parker – Nutrition and Reproduction/Semen Evaluations: Valley Veterinary Services
Dr. John Gilleard – Internal Parasites in Sheep: U of C Faculty of Vet Med
Dr. Michel Levy – Internal Parasites in Sheep: U of C Faculty of Vet Med
Dr. Leisa Floreani – Changes in Antimicrobial Regulations: Fairview, AB
This wetlab is designed for producers to learn how to do a basic fecal analysis on their own sheep to help monitor the parasite burden in the flock. Microscopes will be provided to use, however if registrants have their own microscopes please bring them. Bring a fresh fecal sample from your flock in an airtight Ziploc bag. The wetlab is instructed by two lab technicians from the University of Calgary. There will be information about purchasing fecal analysis kits for on farm use.
Sheepbytes Ration Workshop
The workshop is being taught by Dale Engstrom. He will be explaining how to use SheepBytes software to calculate rations and improve the nutrition of your flock. Participants should ideally have a laptop to bring to get hands on experience running the software.
2013 Sheep Symposium Dates: October 18-20, 2013 Executive Royal Inn, Leduc AB
For more information on 2013 presentations, please contact us.
Featuring all Canadian Speakers:
2011 Alberta Sheep Symposium
Leduc was the place to be in October 2011. The bi-annual Alberta Sheep Symposium was held Oct 21-23 in Leduc, Alberta. The event was the culmination of two years of planning, more than 300 hours of volunteer work, and the concerted efforts of the Alberta Sheep Breeders Association, Alberta Lamb Producers, Alberta Government, and the Calgary Stampede. No event of this magnitude is possible without the generous support of sponsors and the 2011 event was no exception. The vision for the Symposium was to try to “bring it all together” and to give producers the tools so that they can “turn information into knowledge”. Topics such as “Hope is not a strategy, Plan for success”, “ Managing High Input Costs”, “Training a Livestock Guardian Dog”, and “Gaining from Genetics” are a few of the topics covered. New in 2011 was that the speakers participated in the Symposium for all 3 days giving registrants ample opportunity to speak with them one on one about their individual operations. In all of the presentations, producers were introduced to principals that apply across all sizes of operations. We all need to manage feed costs , to understand what our market demands and how to provide that product whether that be breeding stock , finished lambs, or feeder lambs. It all takes planning, one decision at a time.
Symposium 2013 is set to be in Leduc Oct. 18-20, 2013 again at the Executive Royal Inn. After an analysis of where the producers are in the province and using our past history at the same hotel as leverage, the ASBA Directors have decided to return to Leduc in an effort to control registration costs. We have heard your concerns and have addressed them all with the hotel and rest assured that we will do our best to make 2013 the best Symposium ever! Planning is well underway to expand the trade fair, and plan for speakers using the feedback from 2009 and 2011 registrants for guidance.
Visit the ASBA website at www.albertasheepbreeders.ca to keep current on the activities and events planned by the registered breeding stock producers of Alberta.
See you in 2013!