Domestic/Wild Sheep Symposium to be held in Helena, Feb. 9-10.

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The Montana Wool Growers Association, the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are sponsoring a symposium titled “Sheep in Montana – Domestic and Wild: The State of Things and What We Know About Disease.” 

The symposium will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 9 and the morning of Friday, Feb. 10 at the Radisson Colonial Inn in Helena.

The purpose of the symposium is to share information on the state of the domestic sheep industry in Montana, the state of Montana’s bighorn sheep, domestic and wild sheep interaction and management, and the current state of our collective knowledge about sheep diseases, including disease surveillance. Researchers, managers and producers from the western U.S. and Canada will share their knowledge through a series of presentations with a special focus on Montana’s sheep, both domestic and wild.

“We are excited about the opportunity for diverse interests to work collaboratively and lay a foundation for future sheep management in the state,” said John Vore, FWP’s game management bureau chief. “This is very timely for all of us to come together and share information in a non-confrontational, non-debate format.”

The symposium is open and free to the public. An agenda of the symposium will be available at fwp.mt.gov prior to the event.

For more information, contact Vore at 444-3940 or email him at jvore@mt.gov.

 

Agenda:

 

Sheep in Montana – Domestic and Wild

The State of Things and What We Know About Disease

A Symposium – February 9-10, 2017       Radisson Colonial Inn, Helena, Montana

Sponsored by the Montana Wool Growers Association, Montana Wild Sheep Foundation,

and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

1:00

Welcome, Purpose and Ground Rules

John Vore

1:10

The State of the Sheep Industry in Montana

Dave McEwan

1:40

The State of Bighorn Sheep in Montana

John Vore/Kurt Alt

2:10

Disease Research in Domestic Sheep

Drs. Don Knowles/Maggie Highland/Bret Taylor

2:40

Bighorn Sheep Disease Research at WSU

Dr. Tom Besser

3:10

Break

 

3:30

The British Columbia Experience – Domestic

Dr. Lori Vickers

4:00

The British Columbia Experience – Wild

Dr. Helen Schwantje

4:30

Bighorn Sheep Disease Research in Nevada

Dr. Peregrine Wolff

5:00

Adjourn

 

 

 

Friday, February 10, 2017

8:00

Day 2 – Bringing It Home to Montana

John Vore

8:10

MSU, Immunology & Infectious Diseases

Drs. Mark Jutila/Raina Plowright/Jovanka Voyich

9:10

Domestic Sheep Scientist Perspective to Wild-Domestic Solutions

Dr. Whit Stewart

9:40

Asst. Dean of College of Agriculture, MSU

Dr. Barry Jacobson

10:10

Break

10:30

The Montana State-wide Bighorn Sheep Initiative

Dr. Robert Garrott

11:00

Montana's Bighorn Health Monitoring

Drs. Jennifer Ramsey/Emily Almberg

11:30

Moving Forward – A Working Group

Dave McEwan/John Vore/Kurt Alt

12:00

Adjourn

 

Pixabay photo:   CC0 Public Domain

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