Join NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey, Heifer Ranch staff, and USDA Agriculture Research Service’s (ARS) Dr. Joan Burke for an information-packed weekend all about lambing production! This Lambing Weekend will take place April 12-14, 2019, at the beautiful 1,200 acre Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. This event is the final in a series of four lambing production weekends offered by Heifer Ranch this spring.
About the Training
This weekend-long workshop is designed to deepen your knowledge of small ruminant production. Linda will give a talk about internal parasite management, based on her recent webinar Managing Internal Parasites: Outsmart the Enemy. She will also team up with Heifer USA’s Christine Hernandez to lead a discussion about livestock guardians. On Sunday, Linda will teach a session on whole farm planning.
Other topics covered during the weekend include:
- Pasture management
- Fencing and setup
- Nutrition and body condition scoring
- FAMACHA© scoring to select for barber pole worm treatment
- Hoof trimming
- Animal behavior and low-stress handling
- Breeding and ram management
- Lambing, including how to correct difficult presentations, what to do for lambs, jugging, and grafting
- Sheep breeds and how to acquire sheep
- Livestock guardian dogs
In addition, Dr. Burke, a Research Animal Scientist with the USDA ARS in Booneville, Arkansas, will speak about Animal Welfare Approved certification and becoming Certified Organic.
The weekend will include a mix of classroom and hands-on instruction, as well as a tour of Heifer Ranch and a pasture walk. Participants will receive copies of ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture publications to support the classes.
Activities will start at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and will last until 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. The registration fee for this educational weekend is $350, which includes lodging and meals at Heifer Ranch, 55 Heifer Road, Perryville, AR. You can download the registration form here. You can also register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-855-3HEIFER or 501-889-5124. Participation is limited to 28 people, so register today to secure your spot!
If you’re unable to attend the weekend training, or you’re looking for additional resources on small ruminant production, visit the Sheep and Goats section of ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture’s website. You can view all of Linda’s recent three-part webinar series, Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats, on ATTRA’s YouTube channel.