Symposium 2018


NOVEMBER 8-11, 2018

The DSANA Dairy Sheep Symposium is the major annual event of the dairy sheep industry in North America, providing an educational environment and fostering connections among dairy sheep producers, processors, and researchers. For 24 years, dairy sheep producers from all over Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central & South America, New Zealand, and the United States have attended.

As a small but growing industry, the symposium provides a critical time for producers to meet, gain exposure to the latest in dairy research, learn from experts in the field and one another, and help guide the dairy sheep industry for the years to come.

Come join us for ...

Opportunities to meet other dairy sheep producers from the US & Canada

Presentations on dairy sheep production, economics, reproduction, and nutrition

Visits to dairy sheep farms -- see how others are raising dairy sheep

Developing Schedule, as of June 27, 2018

Thursday Nov 8, 2018- Topics- Current state of the economics of sheep dairying and value-added on-farm processing; potential for agritourism to improve economics of sheep dairying for smaller farms

   i.      The economics of sheep dairying; Yves Berger or Dave Thomas.

ii.      The economics of (sheep’s milk) artisan cheese; Catherine Durham, Professor of Applied Economics, Oregon State University

 iii.      Producer Panel discussion: Starting a sheep dairy and on-farm processing business:  what went right, what went wrong -- “The School of Hard Knocks”.

iv.      Producer Panel Discussion: Using direct sales and agritourism to improve the bottom line on smaller dairy-sheep operations

v.  Adding marketing value by using label certifications:  Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Reaching Consumers Through Meaningful Labels”, Emily Moose, Director of Communications and Outreach, Animal Welfare Approved. 

vi.      6pm- Cheese Reception

Friday Nov 9, 2018- Topics- The role of genetic improvement and nutrition in fostering economic sustainability for the industry, update DSANA’s genetic improvement efforts/DSANA AI program/nutrition/sheep health

i. Making improvements in flock production by collecting milk production information; Ron Lewis, Professor of Animal Science at University of Nebraska, specializing in small ruminant genetic evaluation and improvement

ii.      DSANA Genetic Improvement Program and partnership with Genovis;  Laurel Kieffer and Genovis

iii.      DSANA Annual meeting

iv.      Genetic improvement structure within the Assaf dairy sheep breed in Spain

 v.      Understanding and improving conception through management and nutrition, Andrea Mongini, CA vet and dairy sheep producer.

  vi.      Using lactating dairy cows as a model for dairy sheep nutrition, Hubbard Feeds ruminant nutritionist Barbie Casey.

vii.  Producer Panel discussion:  how we feed our dairy ewes.

viii.      7pm Banquet

Saturday Nov 10, 2018 – Farm tours: Green Dirt Farm in Weston, MO and Bethany Amish sheep dairy or Shatto cow dairy (local model of successful on-farm processing and agritourism)

Sunday Nov 11, 2018 - optional cheese making workshop, led by Sarah Hoffmann, Green Dirt Farm: Focus on Soft-Ripened sheep’s milk cheeses


    The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza,

    4445 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111

    Phone: (816) 531-3000

    The room rate is $129/night, and includes free parking and wifi, but you will have to pay for transportation to the airport (approximately $16.50 each way on Super Shuttle, shared ride).  This rate is good for any night from Wednesday November 7th through Saturday night November 10th.

    Call 1-800-810-3708 to make reservations by phone, and be sure to say you are attending the DSANA Symposium. Info for KC Marriot Country Club Plaza

    Bring family members for other (non-sheep-dairy) things to do in Kansas City:

    Kansas City events, Nov 8-11

    Click here for information on conference location/hotel

    Link to book room/s at KC Marriot Country Club Plaza

    Registration costs

    1.     Full conference package (incl farm visits):  for DSANA members USD $175*

    • Coffee breaks and lunch (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)
    • Wine & Cheese reception (Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm)
    • Presentations (Thursday and Friday)
    • Farm visits (Saturday)
    • Proceedings

    ***Full package does not include Friday banquet and Sunday cheese-making class***

    2.     Full conference package (incl farm visits):  for non-members USD $215*
    • Coffee breaks and lunch (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)
    • Wine & Cheese reception (Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm)
    • Presentations (Thursday and Friday)
    • Farm visits (Saturday)
    • Proceedings

    ***Full package does not include Friday banquet and Sunday cheese-making class***

    Family and colleague discount

    Discount for additional attendees from one farm or family:   20% off of Full Conference Package.  This discount is not applicable for the first participant.  The discount is for family members or for colleagues who work for the same farm or company.

    Student discount 

    Student participants can receive a 20% discount on their ticket prices.  On the day of the event, a student card must be presented upon registration or the participant will have to refund the amount of the reduction.

    3.     Friday Banquet: USD $55*
    • 4-course meal
    • Evening wear requested
    4.     Symposium Thursday only: USD $125*
    • Thursday presentations
    • Coffee break and lunch
    • Wine & Cheese reception in evening
    • Proceedings
    5.     Symposium Friday only: USD $100*
    • Friday presentations
    • Coffee break and lunch (DSANA Annual Membership Meeting during lunch)
    • Proceedings
    6.     Farm visits, Saturday only: USD $100*
    • Coffee break and lunch
    • Visit two dairy farms
    • Transportation from/to hotel
    7.     Cheese-making class at Green Dirt Farm - Sunday : cost tbd*
    • Focus on soft-ripened cheeses
    • Maximum 15 places available 
    • Transportation provided to/from cheese plant
    • Lunch provided

      * All prices plus tax; prices are per participant in US dollars.


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