EAPK would like to extend a very warm Thank You to everyone who supported our first annual EAPK Symposium and Sale, especially our wonderful speakers, those who attended the symposium and everyone who consigned, bid on and purchased animals in the sale.
Seventy-four attendees representing 11 states kicked off the educational Symposium on Friday July 9. Special thanks go out to our speakers: Dr. Andrew Weaver (NC State); Dr. Scott Greiner (Virginia Tech); producers Brad Carothers (OH), Roxanne Newton (GA) and Etienne Richards (NY). Thank you, too, to our producer panel: Etienne Richards (NY), Mandy Fletcher (VA), Kathy Bielek (OH), Robert Walker (TN) and Lee Wright (VA). All of the presentations were thought provoking and informative. The barbecue lunch provided by Bone Fire Smokehouse was delicious.
The first EAPK sale offered 40 top quality rams and ewes consigned by breeders from VA, OH, PA, GA, TN, AR, MO and ME. Bidders from 14 states participated in the exciting online format sale ending Saturday. Interested bidders were able to view many of the animals on site, review their performance data and speak to consignors about their sheep. The sale brought over $38,000 with rams averaging $1,000 per head and ewes averaging $900 per head. Thank you to all who consigned and purchased performance tested Katahdins.