August 30, 2002 | By: Aimee D. Heald

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

A 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 fourteenth annual UK fall lambing school is scheduled for October 9, 2002 at the UK Animal Research Center on US Hwy. 62 near Versailles, in Woodford County, Ky.

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're teaching producers how important the first 72 hours are in a lamb's life," said Monty Chappell, UK sheep specialist. "If they make it through that time, usually they will be well on their way to market. Neo-natal lamb care can mean the difference between profit and loss in the sheep business."

Registration is free and should be sent by Oct. 1 to: 2002 Lambing School, 911 W.P. Garrigus Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0215.

For more information, call or e-mail Monty Chappell at (859) 257-2716,
Biosecurity procedures will be followed. Attendees must not have been outside the U.S. during the seven days prior to the field day.


Monty Chappell  859-257-7775