Don't miss your chance to attend the 2012 Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program Lambing Time Short Course and Bus Tour, set for Feb. 3 and 4 in Pipestone.
Organizers say they have lined up an excellent program that includes touring an outstanding sheep operation.
Registration is encouraged as soon as possible. Please contact Jodi Christensen; firstname.lastname@example.org; (507) 825-6806 to register over the phone.
The schedule is as follows:
2012 Lambing Time Short Course and Bus Tour Schedule
Friday, Feb. 3
6:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. Welcome – Opening remarks – Mike Caskey
7:15 p.m. How to effectively utilize a Veterinarian in your sheep operation – Dr. Goelz
8:00 p.m. Building the Right Ewe for your Operation – Mike Caskey
8:45 p.m. Developing a Preventative Health Plan that will work for you – Dr. Goelz
9:30 p.m. End of evening program
Saturday, Feb. 4
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:20 a.m. Opening remarks
8:30 a.m. Changing Sheep Industry – Mike Caskey
9:15 a.m. Ewe Health Concerns – Dr. Bobb
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Be Smart about Ewe Diets – Philip Berg
11:00 a.m. The Critical First 3 Weeks of a Lambs Life – Dr. Odland
12:45 p.m. Innovative Sheep Facilities Concepts – Tom Schechinger
1:45 p.m. Board buses
2:15 p.m. Tour Aaron and Bethany Lass Farm
Tour Topics Discussed/Demonstrated:
•Lambing Barn Layout
•Lamb management philosophies
•Low labor management concepts
•In lot ewe feeding system
•Creep setup and design
•Newborn lamb care
•Fixing inverted eyelids
•Self feeding Soybean Hulls and DDGS to ewes
3:45 p.m. Board buses
4:30 p.m. End of program
Aaron and Bethany Lass Farm Tour
Aaron and Bethany Lass are young newcomers to the sheep business. They joined the Pipestone Lamb and Wool program 10 years ago and have steadily grown their flock size to 550 ewes. To accommodate this number of ewes, they recently built a state-of-the-art lambing facility and two hoop barns to more efficiently use available labor and provide a more ideal environment for their lambs. They employ several low labor feeding systems such as self-feeding lactating ewes. They have been very successful at producing a high lambing percentage. They also employ a multiple lambing period system with a goal to have ewes lamb 3 times in two years.
For those who are unable to attend the bus tour, please consider Pipestone's Lambing Time Management Recorded Series which consists of six recorded topics that can be viewed through an Internet connection in the comfort of your home or office. Visit http://www.mnwest.edu/program-sites/pipestone/lamb-and-wool-management/recorded-series/For more information, please visit www.pipestonesheep.com.