Taking it outdoors: MSU to host lambing clinic for sheep producers May 29 in East Lansing

posted on May 13, 2010 10:12am

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  517-432-1555, ext. 170

EAST LANSING, Mich.—Lambing ewes on pasture is a labor-saving (no pun intended) management practice, but sheep producers accustomed to having their ewes lamb inside the barn may find it intimidating to even consider moving the process outdoors. A one-day workshop scheduled for later this month at Michigan State University will provide sheep producers with the information they need to determine if the move to pasture lambing is right for their operation.
  The pasture birth clinic will take place May 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is designed for producers who are considering a shift to pasture lambing or have started a pasture lambing program. It will be conducted by Richard Ehrhardt,  MSU small ruminant specialist, who will be joined by sheep producers experienced in pasture lambing.
  The daylong program will be divided into two sections. The morning session will take place in 1310 Anthony Hall on the MSU campus (corner of Shaw Lane and Farm Lane). The afternoon session will consist of farm visits in the Eaton Rapids and Charlotte area.
  Workshop topics will include: pasture lambing systems, fencing requirements,  considerations for managing pasture, how-tos for processing newborn lambs on pasture, predator issues, controlling flies and managing parasites. Addressing if, when and how to provide birthing assistance will also be discussed.
  The deadline to register for the workshop is May 21. The $25 a person registration cost includes lunch and proceedings.
  To register or for more information on the workshop, contact Carla McLachlan by phone at 517-432-5402 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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