Domestic & Wild Sheep Management and Disease Symposium

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Domestic & Wild Sheep Management and Disease Symposium

February 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - February 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

The Montana Wool Growers Association, the Montana Wild Sheep Foundation and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are sponsoring a symposium titled “Sheep in Montana – Domestic and Wild: The State of Things and What We Know About Disease.”

The symposium will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 9 and the morning of Friday, Feb. 10 at the Radisson Colonial Inn in Helena.

The purpose of the symposium is to share information on the state of the domestic sheep industry in Montana, the state of Montana’s bighorn sheep, domestic and wild sheep interaction and management, and the current state of our collective knowledge about sheep diseases, including disease surveillance. Researchers, managers and producers from the western U.S. and Canada will share their knowledge through a series of presentations with a special focus on Montana’s sheep, both domestic and wild.

“We are excited about the opportunity for diverse interests to work collaboratively and lay a foundation for future sheep management in the state,” said John Vore, FWP’s game management bureau chief. “This is very timely for all of us to come together and share information in a non-confrontational, non-debate format.”

The symposium is open and free to the public. An agenda of the symposium will be available at prior to the event.

For more information, contact Vore at 444-3940 or email him at

Sheep in Montana – Domestic and Wild

The State of Things and What We Know About Disease

A Symposium – February 9-10, 2017       Radisson Colonial Inn, Helena, Montana

Sponsored by the Montana Wool Growers Association, Montana Wild Sheep Foundation,

and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks


Thursday, February 9, 2017
1:00 Welcome, Purpose and Ground Rules John Vore
1:10 The State of the Sheep Industry in Montana Dave McEwan
1:40 The State of Bighorn Sheep in Montana John Vore/Kurt Alt
2:10 Disease Research in Domestic Sheep Drs. Don Knowles/Maggie Highland/Bret Taylor
2:40 Bighorn Sheep Disease Research at WSU Dr. Tom Besser
3:10 Break
3:30 The British Columbia Experience – Domestic Dr. Lori Vickers
4:00 The British Columbia Experience – Wild Dr. Helen Schwantje
4:30 Bighorn Sheep Disease Research in Nevada Dr. Peregrine Wolff
5:00 Adjourn
Friday, February 10, 2017
8:00 Day 2 – Bringing It Home to Montana John Vore
8:10 MSU, Immunology & Infectious Diseases Drs. Mark Jutila/Raina Plowright/Jovanka Voyich
9:10 Domestic Sheep Scientist Perspective to Wild-Domestic Solutions Dr. Whit Stewart
9:40 Asst. Dean of College of Agriculture, MSU Dr. Barry Jacobson
10:10 Break
10:30 The Montana State-wide Bighorn Sheep Initiative Dr. Robert Garrott
11:00 Montana’s Bighorn Health Monitoring Drs. Jennifer Ramsey/Emily Almberg
11:30 Moving Forward – A Working Group Dave McEwan/John Vore/Kurt Alt
12:00 Adjourn


February 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
February 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Radisson Colonial Hotel
Helena, MT 59601 United States + Google Map
(406) 443-2100