Sheep and Goat Educational Meeting – September 7-8, 2018

The University of Nebraska-Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC), the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) and University of Wyoming Extension are teaming up with the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association to conduct an educational production meeting on September 7 and 8 covering multiple facets of sheep production – budgets, nutrition, grazing, animal health, genetics and a general look at the industry.

The meeting will start at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 7 at USMARC, Clay Center, Nebraska, and will conclude at noon Saturday, September 8, just prior to the USMARC Surplus Sheep Sale of breeding animals at the Sutton Livestock Auction, Sutton, Nebraska.

Registation is free, but pre-registration is encouraged, please contact Deb Ridgway at (402) 762-4500 or dridgway2@unl.edu .

On Friday, September 7 at 12:00 noon the program will start off with Dr. Brad Freking presenting an overview of the various breeds of sheep that have been evaluated at USMARC.  This will be followed by a tour of the sheep research unit at USMARC, a series of scientific presentations covering sheep production management research at USMARC, Ovine Progressive Pneumonia (OPP) and a Show and Tell session, complete with demonstrations, on general health of the sheep flock.  Friday’s program will adjourn at 5:00 p.m. with dinner on your own.

The Saturday morning program will start at 8:00 a.m. and will feature speakers from University of Wyoming Extension discussing how to get started with a sheep enterprise, sheep budgets, how to meet the nutritional needs of the ewe flock with emphasis on grazing forage crops year around, and how to control parasites in the ewe flock. They will also present several computer spreadsheet programs available to assist in management of the ewe flock.  Saturday’s speakers will end at 11:30 a.m. allowing time for lunch and travel to attend the USMARC Surplus Sheep Sale.

Even though the program will be primarily for sheep producers there are many similarities with goats and goat production so goat producers are welcome also.
This will be a great opportunity to meet and interact with fellow sheep and goat producers, hear from some of the best sheep research and extension specialists in the country, tour USMARC facilities and attend the USMARC sheep sale.

 

 

This material/event is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management
Agency (RMA) under award #RM17RMEPP522C007/4500075410.