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Shepherd’s Seminar Day
November 5 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Want to maximize the value of your flock? Not sure where to begin? Spend a fun and information filled day with MSBA hearing from industry experts and other farmers. Learn how you can sell sheep, meat, and wool products wholesale and retail. This shepherd’s seminar day will give participants an overview of different marketing channels and how to maximize each one of them, while also covering the nuts and bolts of topics like licensing, regulation, working with processors, and making sure you have the right types of insurance for your sheep operation. This event is also a great opportunity to connect and network with other shepherds and industry experts.
Lunch is included.
Topics will include:
Everything but the baaa–maximizing the value of each sheep
Selling directly to consumers through retail channels and by the cut
Logistics and planning for the farm to table market
Working with your butcher and communicating with your customers
Hot wholesale markets– how to sell to sale barns and read market reports
Navigating the bureacracy: licensing, rules and regulations 101 for farmers selling meats
Know before you tow: hauling, liability, and managing your risk
Selling whole animals: freezer lamb, religious holidays, specialty markets and wholesale channels
More than meat: selling pelts, wool and yarn
Presenters will include:
Sarah Campbell, Farmer New Roots Farm
Steve Breeding, Farmer Shepherd’s Hope Farms
Susan Schoenian, Retired UMD Extension
Craig Sewell, Livestock and Marketing Director, Southern Maryland Meats & the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission
Paul Goeringer J.D., Faculty, University of Maryland, Extension and Agriculture and Resource Economics
Lee Langstaff, Farmer Shepherd’s Hey Farm
Polly Matzinger, Farmer Ambling Brook Farm