St. Croix Hair Sheep Breeders, Inc. Annual Meeting
FRIDAY- JUNE 15, 2012
9 am Visit University of KY, Sheep Unit in Versailles, KY. Versailles is about a 45 minute drive from the reserved hotels. I can get directions for anyone not staying in Louisville, the night of June 14th, so they can meet us at UK. Dr Don Ely and staff will give us a tour, answer questions and he will give a few short lectures on any topic we wish. I have had a few requests, such as testing for Ram soundness and information a feet issues and nutritional discussion.
11:30 Visit Kay Cloyd's Kathadin Farm, Versailles, KY. Kay has been in the business many years and is a knowledgeable shepherd. She has a beautiful, small farm near the sheep unit.
12:30 Lunch in the area.
AFTERNOON-CHOICE OF 2 ACTIVITIES/OPTIONS-we may need to split into 2 groups, depending on what attendees wish to do. There is a chance we could do both, but it may present too long of a day for some people.
CHOICES: "bourbon and horses" are KY biggest industries, so I thought it would be nice for visitors to get an idea of what goes on in KY, as businesses.
1. Visit WOODFORD RESERVE DISTILLERY. www.woodfordreserve.com
They offer a free tour. I can arrange for a group guide, when I have a estimate of how many people would like to see a distillery. Woodford Reserve is Versailles. It will be an easy drive back to Louisville that afternoon.
2. Visit the University of KY Equine farm. It is also in this area. They bred thoroughbreds on this farm and do equine research. It is in "Horse Country", near the KY HORSE PARK and a scenic drive from UK's Sheep Unit. It will be a free tour by Frank Berry, who works for UK. He is also a sheep enthusiast, and is a wealth of information about sheep, even though he is now working with horses. Elizabeth Arden, perfume tycoon, donated this farm to the University of KY, many years ago.
Depending on the tour times at Woodford Reserve, we could do both events and still be heading back to Louisville before dinner. It is all interstate driving, so the commute is easy.
Evening: Possibly make reservations for a large group dinner somewhere near the hotel or people can do their own thing. There are numerous places to eat in the area, Outback, O'Charleys, Cheddars, Stoney River to name a few chains, but there are about 20+ places within 1-2 miles of the hotel.
SATURDAY-JUNE 16, 2012
9 am St Croix business meeting @ Hemmer Hill Farm and tour of the farm.
11:30 am Lunch and social time, at the barn. We have a covered area, in case of rain, where we can seat a large group (I have about 30+ chairs, but I can borrow more if necessary)
Planning on a "buffet catered lunch", that maybe we can share the cost. I am thinking, sandwiches, salads, cookies and canned drinks & water. I will have coffee & lemonade. We can firm details, when we get a better idea of number of attendees.
1 pm Drive to Bloomfield/Bardstown, KY to visit Matt & Kelli Morgan’s farm. They are a young couple who raised St Croix and cattle. They grass feed and are very nutritional conscious. They have a few hundred acres and do a good job with rotational grazing. Kelli is a MD and Matt is a DMD. Matt is very interested in genetics of sheep.
Open/Free time: Bardstown, KY is a historical little town in KY. It is the home of "My Old KY Home". There are many quaint antique shops, good restaurants, a cathedral, more distilleries and Bernheim Forrest. If people want to do "tourist" stuff, there is plenty to keep them busy.
I have rooms blocked at 2 hotels, within 5-6 miles of the farm.
1. Hilton Garden Inn @ $119/night. It is in a nice shopping area, walking distance stores and dining places.
2. Hampton Inn @ $82/night. A mile or so further from our house, but they have free breakfast.
Both are located on the interstate and easy to find.
We are looking forward to hosting the St Croix meeting.
Joyce & Gary Keiblerjoycekeiber@insightbb.com