April 28, 2004 | By: Aimee D. Heald
LEXINGTON, Ky.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is offering sheep producers information geared toward improving their enterprises at the 35th annual Sheeprofit Day May 20 at the UK Animal Research Center in Woodford County.

“This year we’re going to focus on all aspects of sheep production,” said Monty Chappell, UK Extension sheep specialist. “We’ve invited experts in many areas including health and nutrition, marketing and more.”

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT, Sheeprofit Day will include information about parasite control, wool, fencing and guard dogs, as well as a progress report on the UK Hair Sheep project. 

“Everything we present at Sheeprofit day is based on current and planned research at the research center,” Chappell said. “Producers at any stage of the business should be able to take home valuable knowledge.”

UK Veterinarian Patty Scharko will discuss a new approach to parasite control and how the answer to better parasite control may lie in the eyes of sheep. Joe Harper, American Sheep Industry Lamb Board, will talk to producers about where their check-off dollars are going and what programs they help to provide.

Participants will be treated to a sponsored lamb supper at 6:30 p.m. Participants also will have a chance to “ask the experts” in small informal group settings.

The UK Animal Research Center is located 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.

The event is sponsored by UK Cooperative Extension, Kentucky Sheep and Wool Producers, Central Ky. Ag. Credit, Mid States Wool Growers, Bagdad Roller Mills, Townsend’s Sales, Farmer’s Feed Mill, United Producers, Woodford Feed Co. and Sydell, Inc.

Contact: 

Writer: Aimee D. Heald 859-257-4736, ext. 267
Source: Monty Chappell 859-257-2716