The NDSU Extension Service and NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center are set to host a free clinic for new shepherds Sept. 20 at the center. The program begins at 10 a.m. Mountain time.
“Sheep are a good livestock enterprise for youth, families with off-the-farm jobs or existing livestock enterprises seeking diversification,” said Reid Redden, NDSU Extension sheep specialist. “New sheep operations are attractive because individuals can start small and build as they go. Plus, sheep operations don't require large startup capital or amounts of land, or expensive facilities and equipment. Within a few years, new shepherds can expand their flock rapidly and build a sustainable production system.”
Topics covered during the clinic will be:
• Sheep production
• Sheep nutrition
• Lambing barn management
• Shepherding equipment
• Animal-handling techniques
In addition, participants will be able to tour the center's sheep facilities.
“The clinic also supports the efforts of the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association's starter flock program,” Redden said.
Lunch will be available for purchase.
Register by Sept. 12. For more information or to register, contact Redden at 701- 231-5597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association also hosts the clinic.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.