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2008 Sheep Management WisLine Program Begins Jan. 3

Participants will discuss 'Why do I raise sheep?'

The long-running annual Sheep Management teleconference series will be held in 2008 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the three Thursday evenings of Jan. 3, Feb. 7, and March 6 at WisLine sites in many County Extension Offices throughout the state of Wisconsin.

The Jan. 3 program will be an opportunity for those raising sheep and those considering raising sheep to consider the question "Why do I raise sheep?" At least six sheep producers in Wisconsin will give their answers to this question. The producers on the program will represent a broad array of operations: large and small commercial lamb and wool production, a nationally prominent purebred flock that has had success in the show and sale ring, a quality fleece producer, a purebred flock selling breeding stock to local producers, and a dairy sheep producer.

The February 7 program will feature a discussion of the new Livestock Risk Protection-Lamb (LRP-L) program by Paul Rodgers, Deputy Director for Policy with the American Sheep Industry Association. The LRP-L program is an insurance policy that producers can purchase to hedge against an unanticipated decrease in the price of lambs. The program guarantees a minimum value for your lambs and makes a payment to you if the value of your lambs drops below this minimum value. Wisconsin is one of 26 states approved to pilot this new program.

The March 6 program will discuss enterprise budgets for sheep operations and evaluate the profit potential of sheep. The discussion will be led by Dave Thomas, UW-Madison Sheep Extension Specialist.

Sheep Management WisLine programs are provided as a service of UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension and the UW-Madison, Department of Animal Sciences, and are hosted by Dave Thomas, Sheep Extension Specialist. The WisLine system provides two-way voice communications between the speakers and listeners from participating County Extension Offices in Wisconsin and are free to the public. Additional program information, including handouts, will be available at your County Extension Office or the following website starting in late December 2007.

The Sheep Management WisLine program may not be offered in all counties. Contact your County Extension Office for availability in your area. The programs are free, but participants must call their local County Extension Office prior to each session to register for that particular session. This will guarantee that the WisLine site is open and that adequate copies of handout materials are available. Further questions should be directed to your local County Extension Office or to Dave Thomas, Sheep Extension Specialist, UW-Madison at dlthomas@wisc.edu or 608-263-4306.

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