New shepherds will have an opportunity to learn about flock management during a clinic scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, at NDSU's Hettinger Research Extension Center.
The clinic 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 Christopher Schauer, center director. "New sheep operations are attractive because individuals can start small and build as they go. Plus, sheep operations do not require large startup capital for land, or expansive facilities and equipment."
Clinic topics include sheep production and nutrition, animal-handling techniques, shepherding equipment and lambing barn management. Participants also will tour the Hettinger center's sheep facilities.
Lunch will be provided.
The Hettinger center, NDSU Extension Service and North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association are hosting the clinic.
Attending the clinic is free of charge, but those planning to attend should register by Sept. 11. For more information or to register, contact Schauer at 701-567-4323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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