October 4, 2006 | By: Aimee Nielson

The sheep industry in Kentucky is diverse and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is continually working to give producers a competitive edge with informative, interactive schools and workshops. A three-part effort geared toward ewes began in June this year. The second installment, Eweprofit II, is slated for Oct. 11, with the third set for April 2007.

UK Extension Ruminant Nutrition Specialist Don Ely said completing all three schools will provide prospective, new and veteran producers a complete annual management program for their flock.

“Although the schools are designed for new and prospective producers, they may also be beneficial to veteran producers who want to sharpen their sheep management skills,” he said. “We just want to give all producers an opportunity to learn more about sheep production and management so that they see a positive difference in their enterprise.”

Eweprofit II will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. at the UK Animal Research Center’s sheep unit near Versailles in Woodford County.

Ely said topics include ewe management during early and late gestation (a winter lambing program); preparing ewes and rams for the breeding season (April lambing program); ewe management during lactation (October lambing program); fall and winter pasture management; internal parasite control; and vaccination schedules.

Participants don’t have to attend all three schools to participate. Registration is free. Contact Ely at 859-257-2717 or e-mail dely@uky.edu for more information.


Don Ely, 859-257-2717