May 9, 2001

The University of Kentucky will host the 25th annual Ewe Profit School on June 6 at the UK Animal Research Center sheep barn in Woodford County. The modern facilities provide many ways to teach important sheep production skills and offer producers a chance to see the new 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 Oct. 3, 2001 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 good opportunity to get down to the most basic elements of this enterprise," Monty Chappell, said Extension sheep specialist in the UK College of Agriculture. "Our participants get to experience first-hand, 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 these workshops 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 will be taught bio-security policies. Attendees should wear comfortable work clothes and expect to get some hands-on experience.

The entrance to the UK Animal Research Center is located one mile east of the U.S. 60 and U.S. 62 intersection, near Versailles. Interested individuals can call 859-257-2716 for additional information or to pre- register by Friday, June 1.


Monty Chappell 859-257-2716