Maristela Rovai, Spooner Ag. Research Station, UW-Madison

The Ohio Sheep Milk And Cheese Initiative if funded by a NC SARE farmer’s grant.

Press Release

News Release for “Ohio Sheep Milk and Cheese Initiative” Symposium November 6, 2010

The Ohio Sheep Milk and Cheese Initiative will be hosting a Sheep Dairy Symposium on November 6, 2010 from 9 to 4 at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI)  located at 1328 Dover Road, Wooster, Ohio.   The event is sponsored by ATI, Innovative Farmers of Ohio, NC SARE, OSU Extension, and Small Farm Institute.  Researcher Yves Berger from University of Wisconsin’s Spooner Agriculture Research Station will talk about dairy sheep genetics, milk production and nutrition. Farmer and cheesemaker Pat Elliott from Everona Dairy in Rapidan, Virginia will share how she started her working sheep dairy.  Afternoon breakout sessions will feature enterprise budgets and financing options, market potential and Ohio cheese makers, grazing practices and nutritional requirements.  The initiative has been funded by the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NC SARE) farmer grant.  The project is exploring the opportunity to develop production of sheep milk and artisan sheep cheese in Ohio.  Annually, United States imports over 66 million pounds of sheep milk cheese. Farmer and artisan cheese maker, Abbe Turner from Lucky Penny Farm and Creamery in Kent, OH, received the NC SARE farmer grant along with several other Ohio sheep farmers, Innovative Farmers of Ohio and Small Farm Institute.  Besides the symposium, individuals are invited to fill out an online survey at https://ohiosheepdairy.wordpress.com.

Reservations are due by October 20, 2010.  The cost for the symposium will be $25.00 per individual.  Registrations can be sent to Small Farm Institute, 28850 SR 621, Fresno, OH 43824. Checks should be made out to Small Farm Institute.  If you have questions, please call 740.545.6349.


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