Extension, Research, and Teaching Update
First, I want to thank all of you for your continued support of my efforts on each front of my job. When I come to events like the KSA Sheep Symposium and am able to spend time with you all, it is very rejuvenating and encouraging.
Secondly, I wanted to provide you all with an update of what has been going on Sheep-wise at the University, as I have been quite busy!
I have spoken at multiple meetings since this Spring, some sheep, some goat oriented. I also was an invited speaker at the Missouri Sheep and Goat conference in October. It was amazing to see the excitement from our neighbors to the east and listen to their desire to improve production. In the future, it looks like we will be trying to develop a more accurate sheep operation budget calculator with the agricultural economics department as well.
We just recently completed my first sheep research project here at K-State in collaboration with Dr. Tim Rozell. In this project, we were nutritionally flushing ewes to increase ovulation rates (we used a product called SoyPlus, which is very high in energy and rumen undegradable protein), then performing a follow-up surgery to count follicles, and collect the follicular fluid. We were doing this to determine what mechanism is actually responsible for the ‘flushing effect’. Myself and two professors in the Department of Textiles received funding to develop modules to educate young women across Kansas in raising wool sheep and how to collect and process the fiber for profit. This is in the works and is a three-year project.
Lastly, is teaching as this semester is my busiest teaching! This fall I am teaching Sheep and Goat Science and Wool Judging. I am maxed out for enrollment in the Sheep and Goat Science class. I have 47 very excited students that have been a joy to teach. Some of them have even shown interest in doing internships in the small ruminant industry in the near future. Hopefully most of you were able to meet Tamra Kott, my graduate student and the Wool Judging Assistant Coach, and the members of the team that were able to attend the Sheep Symposium in October. There are nine team members and another undergraduate assistant coach (Gabriella Leone, 2018 team member). They have ramped up to three day a week practices and our first contest will be the Cowboy Classic in Laramie, WY in the beginning of December. We are very excited and have appreciated all of your support of this team and my program.
Thank you all for supporting me and my program efforts. If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com.
Thank you again!
Alison Crane, Ph.D. KSU Sheep and Meat Goat Extension Specialist