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2022 Events

Seminar Series 2022

Seminar 2

2-Day Parasites & Pasture Management Seminar

August 13 & 14, 2022


DATE: Saturday August 13th

TIME: 6:00 PM


Registration Deadline 6pm August 12th


Parasites & Pasture Management


The Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association invites DCSWGA Members and the public to join our FREE on-line ZOOM based seminar. Get info and tips from 3 of the region’s experts in the field of sheep parasites and pasture management.




Register Here to receive the Zoom link.

Link will be emailed Friday August 12th to registrants.


Questions to Mary Drumm: rmdrumm176@aol.com



Jennifer Fimbel will begin the conversation with a discussion on pasture management techniques with special emphasis on soil fertility, pasture forage types, and evaluating and managing grazing density.


Jennifer Fimbel has been a Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator for 36 years, specializing in Livestock, Equine, Agricultural Policy and Field Crops programming. Jennifer is the Cooperative Extension representative to the Dutchess County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, sits as an advisor to the Dutchess ,Putnam and Westchester Farm Bureau Board and is the Dutchess County Ag Navigator, working with municipal officials and farmers when issues or questions arise pertaining to agriculture.

Dr. Gillian Ferguson will be discussing some of the most common parasites of sheep and the different symptoms associated with each one. She will offer practical guidance for parasite detection and treatment as well as explaining some important parasite life cycle

variables that are critical for reducing pasture parasite loads.


Dr. Ferguson has been providing ambulatory veterinary services for sheep and other small ruminants in the Hudson Valley for over ten years. She takes care of the various medical and surgical needs of her patients and is always excited to be involved in pre-purchase consultations for those people interested in livestock ownership but don’t know where to start. In addition to her duties as a veterinarian she also has a flock of commercial crossbred sheep to keep herself busy as well as a small herd of Labrador Retrievers.


Brent Zimmerman will be sharing his own experiences with raising pastured sheep in New York with all its associated challenges of pasture rotation, meeting the animals’ nutritional needs, market demands, and parasite management.


Brent Zimmerman has a lifelong love affair with livestock farming. He spent 25 years sheep herding in the mountains of Tuscany, Italy where he made cheese and sold it in farmer markets from Firenze to Rome. In 2014 he and his partner moved to the Hudson Valley to a beautiful 400+ acre farm in Coxsackie, NY and began a new adventure: Lime Kiln Farm. After thirty years making cheese, he is now concentrating on his flock of 200+ White Dorper Sheep. He makes the rare, but welcome trips “home” to Italy, but most days, you will find him in his happy place, in the sheep barns of Lime Kiln Farm.




Open to DCSWGA Members ONLY


DATE: Sunday August 14th   TIME: 2:00 PM


Parasites & Pasture Management Workshop


Event is rain or shine with appropriate protective footwear &

clothing recommended for meadow walk.



Echo Valley Farm 

81 Echo Valley Road, Red Hook, NY 12571


Limit: 15 people


RSVP REQUIRED by 6pm August 12th

Please call or email Mary Drumm at 518-784-2521 or rmdrumm176@aol.com



Aaron Gabriel

Gillian Ferguson, DVM




Dr. Gillian Ferguson will begin this hands-on workshop with a continuation of her Saturday Zoom seminar regarding animal health and parasite control. Attendees will be able to see how a quantitative fecal parasite egg count test can be performed on-site by producers as well as join the discussion of non-chemical methods of

reducing parasite loads. Participants will also be able to examine a group of sheep for evidence of parasites including assessment of body condition score and how to accurately determine the FAMACHA© score.


Aaron Gabriel will then share his experiences from years of working with various livestock and crop producers and lend his expertise in regards to pasture management techniques for sheep farmers in New York State. After a practical discussion of important considerations, he will then lead a pasture walk through a working sheep and cattle pasture which will provide additional jumping off points for discussion and education.


Aaron Gabriel is a Senior Extension Resource Educator for the Washington County branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. He has worked in this field for over 26 years and provides education to farmers in the areas of field crops, soils, pasture management, and composting

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Contact Dutchess County Sheep & Wool Growers Association

PO Box 415, Red Hook, NY  12571