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 25 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, and around the world!

Visits to dairy sheep farms -- see how others are raising dairy sheep and marketing their milk or sheep-milk products


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

SAVE THE DATE -- 
Registration will be open in June 2019
We are developing a TREMENDOUS SCHEDULE for our 2019 Symposium!!

 Thursday and Friday – invited speakers and producer panels will be presenting on these topics:

Farm labor

Grass-based dairying

Dairy sheep nutrition

Milk quality for processing

Dairy sheep flock health 

Lots of opportunity to visit!  Between sessions you can talk with presenters, vendors, and the fellow producers you’ve just met during the morning sessions.  Half the value of the Symposium is the soulmates you meet, the friends you make, and the information you glean from other dairy sheep producers!

Cheese!! and Wine!!  Come to our Thursday evening Wine-and-Cheese Reception, and sample from the variety of cheeses produced by our DSANA members.

Friday night – It’s Banquet time --  Join us for an evening of good food and good company, and hear who will receive the Boylan Award for service to the dairy sheep industry, and who will receive the DSANA Mentorship Award.

WATCH THIS PAGE FOR UPDATES ON THE SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM.  WE'LL FILL IN THE DETAILS AS SPEAKERS AND PRODUCER PANELS ARE CONFIRMED.

OUR SATURDAY FARM TOUR IS FINALIZED!  DETAILS BELOW:

Saturday – Farm tours – plus a discussion of a successful 12-hr suckling system for lambs in the 1st 30 days -- Hop on the bus and visit a sheep dairy farm with on-farm processing and direct sales as elements of their operations. 

  •  Lark's Meadow Farms, in Rexburg, ID, is owned and operated by the Russell family, who milk 145 ewes, and produce award-winning cheeses each year, which they sell both wholesale and retail at the farmers' market.
  •   12-hr suckling system.  Remember the "MIX" system trialed at the Spooner Station, and presented by Dave Thomas and Yves Berger so many years ago?  Many of us tried the system, and gave it up. Kendall Russell, however, successfully adapted the system, and raises lambs on their dams for the first 30 days, but also milks their mothers at the same time.  The result:  almost no lambs raised on milk replacer and <3% mortality in lambs under 30 days of age.  Kendall's system was picked up by Meadowood Farms in NY, where the 12-hr-suckling-system has been successfully used for the last four years.  This year Meadowood has raised 50 lambs on the system; at between 19-26 DIM, their 25 dams averaged 3.7 lb milk/hd/d in the parlor while simultaneously nursing twins.




Sunday – Cheese-making workshop.  Kendall Russell, cheesemaker at Lark's Meadow Farms will lead a cheese workshop for a maximum of 15 attendees.  Lark's Meadow produces about 23,000 lbs of sheep-milk cheese every year, with an additional 11,000 lbs of cows-milk cheeses made in the off-season.

    Click here for information on conference location/hotel

    Registration costs

    1.     Full conference package (incl farm visits):  for DSANA members USD $185*

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

    ***Full package does not include printed Proceedings or Sunday cheese-making class.***

    Family and colleague discount

    Discount for additional attendees from one farm or family:   20% off of Full Conference Package, thus $148 per additional farm or family member.  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.


    2.     Full conference package (incl farm visits):  for non-members USD $225*
      • Presentations (Thursday and Friday)
      • Coffee breaks and lunch (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)
      • Wine & Cheese reception (Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm)
      • Friday evening banquet
      • Farm visits (Saturday)
      • Digital version of Proceedings

      ***Full package does not include printed Proceedings or Sunday cheese-making class.***

    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.    Printed Proceedings: $25

    Attendees wishing to receive a printed version of the Proceedings will be able to order this when registering for the Symposium.

    4.    Symposium Thursday only: USD $125

    • Thursday presentations
    • Coffee break and lunch
    • Wine & Cheese reception in evening
    • Digital Proceedings
    5.     Symposium Friday only: USD $100
    • Friday presentations
    • Coffee break and lunch (DSANA Annual Membership Meeting during lunch)
    • Digital 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 Lark's Meadow Farms - Sunday : $125
    • $125 per person
    • Maximum 15 places available, on a first-register-first-serve basis, *with priority given to DSANA members.  Non-members can register and be put on a waiting list, and will be notified if there is space.
    • Transportation provided to/from cheese plant.
    • Cost includes all-day workshop at Lark's Meadows Farm with a break for lunch, coffee and pastries in the am, lunch and transportation.

    Location

    Hilton Garden Inn Idaho Falls

    700 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 83402

    USA TEL: +1-208-522-9500

    or toll-free 866-238-4218

    The room rate is $114/night plus taxes, and includes free parking and wifi.  If you book by October 16th, this DSANA group rate is good for any night from Wednesday November 6th through Saturday night November 9th.

    Call 866-238-4218 to make reservations by phone, and be sure to say you are attending the DSANA Symposium.  You must book your hotel room/s by October 16th get the DSANA group rate! 

    How to get to Hilton Garden Inn in Idaho Falls

    The Hilton Garden Inn is located along the Snake River Greenbelt off of Lindsay Boulevard, just blocks from downtown Idaho Falls. Located behind the hotel is the Snake River and Snake River Greenbelt.

    Local Airports

    • Idaho Falls Airport:  10 min./2 mi.
    • Pocatello Municipal Airport:  49 min./55 mi.
    • Salt Lake City International Airport:  3 hr./218 mi.


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

    • Craters of the Moon National Park:

    www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/hours.htm

            

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