Don Hawk, Skyline Turkey Farm in Knox County, received the Charles Boyles Master Shepherd Award from the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA), the group’s highest honor for service to and excellence in the Ohio sheep industry, during the 2011 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium, Dec. 10 at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. Pictured, from the left, are: OSIA Executive Director Roger High, Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen Meghan Bennett of Shelby County, Hawk, OSIA president Jim Percival, and wife Janet Hawk.
Ohio leaders on American Lamb Board
The American Lamb Board (ALB) elected FY2020 leadership at its meeting Jan. 22, held prior to the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) convention. The national board saw the retirement of one Ohioan, Jim Percival or Greene County, and the addition of another, Donald Hawk of Knox County.
The newly elected chair is Gwendolyn Kitzan, South Dakota. vice chair is David Quam, Texas. Elected for a second term as secretary is Greg Deakin, Illinois, and treasurer is Rob Rule, Iowa.
With lambing season right around the corner, shepherds need to start preparing now. The CDT vaccine is yet another management tool found in the shepherd’s toolbox that is used to protect small ruminants against clostridium perfringens types C and D as well as clostridium tetani (tetanus). Appropriate use of this vaccine is a safe, cheap, and an effective method used to control for clostridial diseases in your flock. Commonly referred to in the industry as the ‘overeating disease,’ clostridium perfringens types C and D are associated with feedstuffs and can lead to enterotoxemia. The bacteria that cause enterotoxemia are present in all animals, just at low population levels. Issues arise when these bacterial populations experience a rapid period of growth and proliferation due to an increase in actual bacterial numbers or due to a rapid change in the diet. As a result, the bacteria grow rapidly, toxins accumulate, and are then distributed throughout the body resulting in serious health issues or death.