May 6, 2005 | By: Aimee Heald-Nielson
LEXINGTON, Ky.

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture is offering sheep producers a chance to hone their management skills and increase revenue on their farms at the 36th annual Sheeprofit Day May 26 at the UK Animal Research Center in Woodford County.

“This year we’re going to focus on a ‘low input production system’ built around hair sheep,” said Don Ely, ruminant nutrition specialist with the College.  

Producers will learn how to prevent a degenerative disease called scrapie using genetic selection. The program also includes discussions covering creep rations for lambs, managing lactating ewes, early weaning lambs and post-weaning lamb management.

Free registration begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT and the event concludes with a complimentary lamb supper at 7:15 p.m.

“Everything we present at Sheeprofit Day is based on current and planned research at the research center,” Ely said. “Producers at any stage of the sheep business will take home valuable knowledge.”

Presenters include Ely, Debra Aaron, UK animal and food sciences professor, and Endre Fink, research coordinator at the UK Animal Research Center. 

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 Ely at 859-257-2717.

Contact: 

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

Contact: Don Ely 859-257-2717