December 17, 2003 | By: Aimee D. Heald

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

A winter lambing school offered at the UK Animal Research Center in February 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 annual event is scheduled for February 4, 2004 at the UK Animal Research Center on U.S. 62 near Versailles, in Woodford County. Applied management and hands-on opportunities related to the care of the ewe in late gestation through creep feeding of lambs will be covered in two sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. EST.

"We want producers to realize the most critical time in a lamb’s life is the first 72 hours," 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 Feb. 2 to: 2004 Winter 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, mchappel@ca.uky.edu.

Attendees will be expected to follow biosecurity procedures and cannot have been outside the U.S. during the seven days prior to the field day.

Writer: Aimee D. Heald  859-257-4736, ext. 267

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Writer: Aimee D. Heald  859-257-4736, ext. 267