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Agriculture Department Invites Goat, Sheep Consignments for August Auction at PSU Ag Progress Days; Experts to Share Knowledge at Pre-sale Field Day

06/29/2022

Harrisburg, PA – The PA Department of Agriculture's Livestock Evaluation Center invites consignments of breeding sheep and goats to be sold at an August 11 auction during Penn State Ag Progress Days in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.

Prior to the 6:00 PM sale, the department will join PSU College of Agricultural Sciences, Delaware Valley University and the PA Sheep and Wool Growers Association in hosting a field day beginning at 1:00 PM, where national experts will share cutting-edge methods for protecting your flock and raising the highest quality sheep and goats.

"Ag Progress Days not only puts your breeding stock in front of a large gathering of key buyers," said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. "The auction and field day are opportunities to improve your flock and protect your animals' health and your investment with the latest knowledge from regional and national experts."

 

The sale and field day will be held at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Livestock Evaluation Center on the grounds of the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center where Ag Progress Days is held every August. Both events are free and open to the public.

Ag Progress Days draws more than 400 U.S. and Canadian exhibitors and crowds of tens of thousands of farm families connecting with each other and exploring the latest research, technology, equipment and farm management practices.

Beginning at 1:00 PM, the Sheep and Goat Field Day will include presentations on:

  • Small Ruminant Quality Assurance by William Fritz, Ph.D., of Delaware Valley University
  • Veterinary Client-Patient Relationships by Roselle Busch, D.V.M., of University of California- Davis
  • Selecting Your Way Out of Parasite Problems and Potential Consequences by Scott A. Bowdridge, Ph.D., of West Virginia University
  • Marketing Lambs and Kids in Pennsylvania by Camren Maierle of Penn State Extension and a panel of sheep and goat buyers

Consignments of breeding meat bucks, rams, does and ewes, born between September 1, 2020 and March 31, 2022 are invited. Purebred stock must have registration certificates. Each animal must have Scrapie Identification and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection signed by an accredited veterinarian. The attending veterinarian will inspect consignments upon delivery to the Livestock Evaluation Center.

Consignments must weigh at least 40 pounds upon entry. Animals will be evaluated to ensure the quality of consignments offered for sale. Animals may also be weighed and measured upon arrival for additional sale day information. Consignments must be delivered to the Livestock Evaluation Center on sale day, Thursday, August 11, 2022, between 6:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Consignments must register by Friday, July 15 to be included in the printed catalog. Late consignments will be accepted through Friday, August 5. The center will assess a consignment fee of $25 a head, plus 6.5% commission on all animals sold. Consignment entry form along with a check to cover the consignment fee payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can be mailed to the PA Livestock Evaluation Center, 1494 W. Pine Grove Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865.

Visit agriculture.pa.gov for more information on the sale and a full schedule of the Sheep and Goat Field Day, or contact Livestock Evaluation Center Manager Greg Hubbard at 814-238-2527 or ghubbard@pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers, shpowers@pa.gov, 717.603.2056

 

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