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Indiana Sheep Association Symposium
Advance Agenda
(Pending Confirmation)
March 19, 2016 - Muncie, Indiana


8:30 to 9:30
Registration
9:00 to 9:15
Welcome
9:15 to 11:45
Break-out Sessions
   Session 1:
Make it With Wool - Robyn Heine
Getting more from your wool - Wendy Feller
Shearing Day - Matt Kennedy
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   Session 2:
Are your forages working for your sheep?
Sheep Nutrition - Stacie Crowder
National Sheep Improvement Program - Bill Shultz
12:00 to 12:45
Lunch
1:00 to 1:30
ISA Annual Meeting and Elections
1:30 to 3:30
Susan Shultz, ASI; Dale Thorne, ALB; Cheryl Miller, BOAH; Temple Grandin (video) Sheep Handling
3:30
Adjourn

Registrations by March 15, 2016 will be $25.00 per person, After March 16th will be $30.00.

Registration can be made by calling Kristie McFatridge at: 765-491-0258 or by email: executive@indianasheep.com

Questions call Paul Russell: 765-749-6342

Location:
Eden Church, 11205 North State Road 3 - Muncie, IN 47303
2016 Funding Approved for Tri-State Small Ruminant Summit - Let's Grow Award


Awarded to: Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office

Summary: The KIO Tri-state Small Ruminant Summit – Let’s Grow Together initiative is intended to bring together three neighboring states to share common goals and barriers to production, and then to find innovative solutions to increase sustainable industry productivity, profitability and growth. A pre-conference survey of stakeholders from each state will be used to identify the top five goals and/or barriers to increased production that are common to all three states. Production specialists in the field will be recruited to present solutions that enhance the producer’s ability to grow the domestic meat and fiber industry in the tri-state region. variety of formats including but not limited to: sale catalogs, buyer informational packets, newsletter articles, etc.

Scope: Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana
Wool Improves Indoor Air Quality


The buildup of indoor air contaminants has been a growing concern since the 1970s. It was then that energy conservation methods were introduced, which minimized the flow of outside air into homes and buildings. Less access to outside air increases the concentration of contaminants in an indoor space, making the air unhealthy - even toxic.

Although many materials, including carpet, pass tests for minimum volatile organic chemical emissions, wool goes a giant step further by absorbing the contaminants irreversibly in its structure, improving the quality of indoor air.

The complex chemistry of wool fiber enables it to bind pollutant gases chemically in its structure, including formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, and lock them into its core without re-releasing them. As such, wool improves indoor air and creates healthier working and living environments. It has been estimated that wool carpets can continue purifying indoor air for up to 30 years.

New Zealand researchers, using a controlled environmental chamber, have demonstrated that wool carpet can reduce high levels of introduced formaldehyde to virtually zero in four hours.

Studies by the U.S. Gas Research Institute, which compared 35 building and furnishing materials, showed that wool carpets have one of the highest removal rates of nitrogen dioxide. In contrast, the removal rate of synthetic carpets was less than half that of wool.

Reprinted from ASI Weekly, February 26, 2016
Many thanks to all those who helped make the ISA 2015 Annual Symposium a tremendous success!




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