FARGO, N.D. — New shepherds will have an opportunity to learn more about sheep management during a workshop set for Sept. 18 at North Dakota State University’s Hettinger Research Extension Center (HREC).
The Hettinger clinic starts at 10 a.m. Mountain time. The workshop is a joint effort of NDSU Extension, the HREC and the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association (NDLWPA), which is sponsoring lunch.
Topics that will be covered during the clinic are:
* Sheep breeding decisions
* Ewe and lamb health
* Lambing barn management
* Sheep nutrition during drought
“This educational event is geared for both youth and experienced producers, and provides them an opportunity to ask production questions and learn from each other,” NDSU Extension sheep specialist Travis Hoffman says.
Workshop participants will be able to tour the HREC sheep facilities as part of the day’s events.
In addition to the workshop, 10 young producers will pick up their new Rambouillet yearling ewes as part of the North Dakota Starter Flock program. This is the 13th year for the Starter Flock program.
“Now is a great time for young people to get involved in a growing sheep industry,” says Luke Dukart, Mandan sheep producer and NDLWPA board member. “We have had record 2021 lamb prices, and if producers are able to secure feed, it is a good time to grow your flock or diversify an existing livestock operation.”
Registration for the clinic is free of charge. The registration deadline is Sept. 17 to confirm lunch numbers.
For more information or to register, contact Hoffman at 701-231-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— NDSU Extension
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