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
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!