December 9, 2004 | By: Aimee Heald-Nielson

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is committed to teaching techniques that may improve the management of livestock enterprises and make them more profitable for producers.

The Annual Winter Lambing School will be offered at the UK Animal Research Center in January 2005. The school will focus on the essential skills producers need to manage ewes through the critical stages of late gestation, lambing and early lactation. New producers can learn how to manage ewes and lambs during the lambing season. More experienced producers will have the opportunity to review their established managerial techniques.

The annual event is scheduled for January 25, 2005 at the UK Animal Research Center on U.S. Highway 62 near Versailles in Woodford County. Discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on opportunities related to signs of approaching parturition, care of the newborn, equipment needed, docking, castration, vaccination, and feeding before and after lambing will be provided during the session that will extend from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.

“There is no question that more lambs can mean more profit,” said Don Ely, UK College of Agriculture professor of animal sciences. “The most critical time in the lamb’s life is the first 72 hours after birth. If the producer knows what to do and when to 
do it, the chances of neo-natal lamb survivability and profitability can be significantly increased.”

Registration is free and should be sent by Jan. 21 to: Winter Lambing School, 904 Garrigus Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0215. For more information, call or email Don Ely at (859) 257-2717 or


Writer: Aimee D. Nielson 859-257-4736, ext. 267
Contact: Don Ely 859-257-2717