September 8, 2004 | By: Aimee Heald-Nielson

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is committed to teaching livestock producers ways to improve their enterprises and make them more profitable.

A fall lambing school offered at the UK Animal Research Center this fall will focus on teaching new, and veteran, sheep producers essential skills to help get their ewes through critical stages of late gestation, lambing, and early lactation.

The 16th annual event is scheduled for Oct. 13, at the UK Animal Research Center on U.S. 62 near Versailles in Woodford County. Applied management and hands-on opportunities related to the care of the ewe in late gestation through creep feeding of lambs will be covered.

"We want producers to realize the most critical time in a lamb’s life is the first 72 hours," said Monty Chappell, UK sheep specialist. "If they make it through that time, usually they will be well on their way to market. Neonatal lamb care can mean the difference between profit and loss."

The school originally was scheduled for Oct. 6, however Chappell said they moved it back because more lambs would be available by the later date.

Registration is free and should be sent by Oct. 6 to: 2004 Lambing School, 911 W.P.Garrigus Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0215. For more information, call or e-mail Monty Chappellat (859) 257-2716.

Attendees will be expected to follow biosecurity procedures and cannot have been outside the United States during the seven days prior to the field day. 


Writer: Aimee D. Nielson 859-257-4736, ext. 267

Source: Monty Chappell 859-257-2716