2019 Annual Producer Conference
KSWPA Annual Meeting 2019
The 2019 Annual Business Meeting for KSWPA was held at the 2019 KY Annual Producer Conference at the Clark County Extension Office, Winchester, KY.
Below are the meeting highlights:
KSWPA Meeting Agenda
October 26, 2019
Annual Producer Conference
Lamb Jam Report- Bill Decker reported that KSWPA hosted a lamb dinner at Oscar Diggs in Lexington, KY on April 28th. The event highlighted lamb from three association members. All the attendees agreed the dinner was a showcase of lamb within the state. More details can be found here.
KY State Fair Promotions- Jim Mansfield reported that KSWPA promoted lamb and sheep production at the KY State Fair in several different ways. First, lamb sausage was served at the Commissioner Breakfast opening day of the fair. Then, Janella Miller of Red Barn Wool did a soap felting demo at the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office booth in AgLand. KSWPA also participated in a producer panel that old fair goers about sheep production. Lastly, the friendship spinners did an all day spinning and weaving demo in AgLand. It is estimated sheep were promoted to over 7,000 people.
Membership Survey- Richard Popham reminded members that there was a survey emailed to everyone that would help identify needs/concerns in which the association could use to prepare education and services in 2020.
KY Shearing Apprenticeship Program- Shon Wiley reported that KSWPA is conducting a program to increase the number of shearers within the state. There are two shearers that have completed 2 trainings already and have sheared hundreds of sheep. You can find their contact information here.
KY Natural Fiber Center- Shon Wiley reported the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office has received funding to create a Kentucky Natural Fiber Center in Millersburg, KY at the Mustard Seed Hill facility. The Center will host education on fiber marketing and events to help producers direct sell to consumers.
Election of Officers Slate & Election of New Directors - election results are as follows:
2020 Officer Slate
(1) President – Madeline Rosenberg
(2) Vice President – Eileen O'Donohue
(3) Treasurer – Dorothy Vale
(4) Secretary –– Sue Churchill
Active Term Directors
(5) Kathy Meyer- (3 year term remaining)
(6) Warren Adcock – (3 year term remaining)
(7) UK Representative: Matt – (1 yr term)
(8) Past President Bill Decker (Ex officio)
(9) Richard Popham (2 year remaining)
(10) Harry Frederick- (3 year term)
My name is Harry Frederick and my wife and I, in partnership with her parents, operate a commercial, GAP 4 rated sheep farm in Monroe County, Kentucky. We currently run 300 hair ewes on an accelerated lambing program and hope to be at 500 ewes by next fall. I understand the challenges that face producers both large and small and love to share our success and failures with other producers. I have some familiarity with wool sheep as I owned and operated a small Dorset farm in mid- Michigan and direct marketed the lambs to a farm to table restaurant in the area. Also, my daughters have shown Hampshire lambs in the past. Along with my farm experience, which includes large cattle operations out west in New Mexico and Wyoming, I am a 7 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and also hold a Master’s of Science in business leadership. I hope to bring my experience and work ethic to the board and I am excited for the future of the sheep industry not only in Kentucky, but throughout the United States as well.