Purdue Lambing School to cover critical production phases

January 27, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —The 2011 Purdue Lambing School will focus on topics associated with critical production phases of late gestation, lactation and newborn care for both sheep and goat producers.

The workshop takes place Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Purdue Animal Sciences Research and Education Center Sheep Unit near West Lafayette.

"The Lambing School is conducted as an educational event for new and veteran sheep or goat producers and will help familiarize them with lambing or kidding procedures," said Michael Neary, Purdue Extension small-ruminant specialist and program organizer. "It will include plenty of opportunities for informal questions and discussion."

Speakers include Neary; Gerald Kelly, Purdue sheep unit manager; and Michael Hill, food animal production medicine specialist for the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Speakers will focus on nutrition, reproduction, health considerations, lambing barn obstetrics and necessary management practices.

"Beginning producers will get experience with lambing and lamb care, which provide a good foundation for one of the most important management periods in goat and sheep production," Neary said.

The program is sponsored by the Purdue University Department of Animal Sciences and the Indiana Sheep Breeders association.

Cost is $35 per person, which includes lunch. Registration is due by Feb. 9. A maximum of 40 participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

A registration form and more information are available at http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/events/LambingSchoolFeb19.pdf  or by contacting Neary at 765-494-4849, mneary@purdue.edu .

The sheep unit is at 5720 W. 500 N., West Lafayette. A map is available at the link above.

Writer:  Jennifer Stewart, 765-494-6682, jsstewar@purdue.edu

Sources:  Michael Neary, 765-494-4849, mneary@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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