May 5, 2004 | By: Aimee D. Heald

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will host the 26th annual Ewe Profit School on May 26 at the UK Animal Research Center in Woodford County. The modern facilities provide many ways to teach important sheep production skills and offer producers a chance to see a state-of-the-art sheep unit.

Hands-on instruction and training will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. This session provides real-life experience for new and developing sheep producers from selection through the breeding season. The fall lambing school will be in October at the same location.

All the workshops are geared toward people who are either looking at sheep production as a possible farming option, or who have been in the business for a short time.

"It is a really great opportunity to learn about the most basic elements of this enterprise," said Monty Chappell, Extension sheep specialist in the UK College of Agriculture. "Our participants get to experience first-hand in such management procedures as trimming feet, injections, drenching, and feeding."

Chappell also said it is a good time to determine if these common types of management practices are things producers really want to deal with on a regular basis.

Since the workshop started in 1977, participants from two-thirds of Kentucky counties and 14 other states have taken advantage of its training and advice.

Pre-registration for the Ewe Profit School is required. Participants must comply with bio-security policies and should wear comfortable work clothes for hands-on experience.

The UK Animal Research Center is located one mile toward Midway from the junction of U.S. 62 and 60 near Versailles in Woodford County.  For more information or to pre-register by Monday, May 24 contact Chappell at 859-257-2716.


Source: Monty Chappell, 859-257-2716