May 9, 2003 | By: Aimee D. Heald
LEXINGTON, KY.

The University of Kentucky will host the 26th annual Ewe Profit School on May 28 at the UK Animal Research Center 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. EDT and end at 3 p.m. This session provides experience based on real-life situations for new and developing sheep producers from selection through the breeding season. The fall lambing school will be October 8 at the same location. 

All the workshops are geared toward people who either are looking at sheep production as a possible farming option or who have been in the business for a short time.

"It is a really great opportunity to learn about the most basic elements of this enterprise," said Monty Chappell, 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 the Ewe Profit School started in 1977, participants from two-thirds of Kentucky counties and 14 other states have taken advantage of its training and advice. 

Pre-registration is required. Participants must comply with biosecurity policies and should wear comfortable work clothes for hands-on experience.

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. For more information or to preregister by Monday, May 26 contact Chappell at 859-257-2716.

Contact: 

Monty Chappell  859-257-2716