The annual Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program Lambing Time Short Course and Bus Tour is set for Feb. 14-15 at Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Pipestone, Minn.
The program starts with Friday evening discussion from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s sessions begin at 8 a.m. covering lambing time management and health topics.
The afternoon will be spent touring and viewing two successful sheep operation. The program will conclude 5 p.m. Saturday.
The purpose of this short course and bus tour is to help producers recognize and effectively deal with common lambing time problems. The short course focuses on the management prior to, during and after lambing and the affect it has on lamb losses, pounds of lamb marketed, input costs and labor requirements. The tour will provide producers the opportunity to see first-hand how other producers recognize, manage and deal with lambing time challenges.
The tour will stop at two farms. First on the tour is Shannon Buchert’s farm, where participants will learn about lambing barn layout, newborn lamb care, using a milk machine to rear extra lambs, low labor management concepts and creep design and layout.
On the second farm, owned by Brian Winsel, participants will learn about drive-through feeding, self-feeding soybean hulls, easy sheep flow-through lambing barn, lamb management philosophies, tubing lambs, fixing inverted eyelids, total mixed rations for ewes, hoop barns for sheep and year-round drylot feeding.
A minimum enrollment 20 people are needed for the event. Maximum enrollment is limited to 100 paid registrants.
The cost is $99 per person, which includes tuition, bus transportation and the noon meal.
For those who are unable to attend our short course and bus tour, consider Pipestone’s web-based Lambing Time Management Series which consists of six recorded topics.