April 30, 2003 | By: Aimee D. Heald

Organizers of the University of Kentucky’s annual Sheeprofit Day realized the importance of bringing together producers and consumers at this year’s May 17 event at the UK Animal Research Center Sheep Unit.

“This year, in addition to the traditional research-based producer information we usually offer, we’re going to focus on ways to add-value to wool,” said Monty Chappell, UK Extension sheep specialist. “We’ve invited some spinners and crafters this year to show ways wool products can go from producer to consumer.”

Beginning at 9 a.m., Sheeprofit Day will include information about hair sheep at UK. UK Shepherd Winston Deweese and UK Assistant Shepherd Endre Fink will talk about the “Nuts and Bolts of Sheep Fencing.”

“Everything we present at Sheeprofit day is based on current and planned research at the Research Center,” Chappell added.

Additional research topics include rotational grazing studies at the UK Sheep unit and utilizing alternative feedstuffs in sheep rations. Participants will be treated to a sponsored lamb luncheon. After lunch, shepherds/crafters Nan Riekert and Ann Brown will discuss ways to add value to wool.

The day will conclude with a sheep pasture tour at 2 p.m. The UK Animal Research Center is located on U.S. 62 one mile toward Midway from the junction of U.S. 62 and 60 near Versailles in Woodford County. No pre-registration is required. For more information contact Chappell at 859-257-2716.


Monty Chappell  859-257-2716