Lambing School to provide birth-management training

January 22, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sheep and goat producers at any level of expertise are invited to learn more about the critical production phases of late gestation, lactation and care of newborns at Purdue Extension's annual Lambing School on Feb. 14.

The workshop, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will focus on lambing and kidding procedures and factors that influence birth success, such as nutrition, reproduction, health considerations, lambing facilities and necessary management practices. It will be at Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Center  Sheep Unit, 5675 W. 600 N, West Lafayette.

Presenters are Mike Neary, Purdue Extension small-ruminant specialist; Gerald Kelly, manager of the Purdue Sheep Unit; and Michael Hill, professor of food animal production medicine in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. Participants will have the opportunity to view and participate in live sheep births.

Registration is $35 per person and is due by Feb. 5. Attendance will be limited to the first 40 registrants. Fees include breakfast, lunch and educational materials.

The workshop brochure and registration form are available on the Purdue Extension sheep website at For more information, contact Neary at 765-494-4849 or

Writer: Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8402,  

Source: Michael Neary, 765-494-4849,  

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
Agriculture News Page

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