Many sheep farmers agree that it has been a great year in the sheep business.
Lamb prices have been unbelievably good but have been tempered some by higher feed costs.
Profitability is very dependent on the ability to economically feed the ewe flock based on the ewe's nutritional requirement.
The Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program launched an online Ewe Ration Formulation course (LWMP 1502) for fall term to help individuals economically feed their flock.
The goal of this course is to help individuals develop an annual feeding plan with a projected annual feed cost.
Topic areas covered include: Nutritive requirements of sheep, nutritional values of feed ingredients, reading a feed tag, digestive physiology of sheep, nutritional safety, feeder space requirements, forage sampling and interpretation, ewe diet formulation and evaluation, calculating price per pound of nutrient.
To register for the fall term ewe ration course, contact Sue Lovell (507) 847-7929, [email protected] The cost for the class is $189.31
Other online course offerings include:
-Introduction to Sheep Management (LWMP 1001). No required text book.
-Equipment and Facilities (LWMP 1202). Required text book is the SID Sheep Industry Handbook.
-Introduction to Sheep Health (LWMP 1300). Required text book is Gates' Practical Guide to Sheep Disease Management, third edition.
-Wool Characteristics and Properties (LWMP 1701). Required text book is the SID Sheep Industry Handbook.
-Lambing Time Management (LWMP 2009). Webinar; no required text book.
The Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program is a sheep management education/consulting program offered by Minnesota West Community and Technical College located in Pipestone. The purpose of the program is to help sheep producers increase income and profit through the production of quality lamb and wool; to maximize the profit per ewe and realize the full potential of all sheep through use of modern management practices, new technologies and new approaches to marketing of both lamb and wool.
For more information on the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program educational offerings, visit www.pipestonesheep.com or contact instructors, Philip Berg, [email protected], (507) 825-6799, or Mike Caskey, [email protected], (507) 825-6808.
Source: Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program