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Sheep Management WisLine Program Offered

Teleconference series begins Jan. 4.

The long-running annual Sheep Management teleconference series will be held in 2007 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the three Thursday evenings of Jan. 4, Feb. 1, and March 1 at WisLine sites in many County Extension Offices throughout the state of Wisconsin. Information on important sheep production issues and topics will be presented by producers, scientists, and extension workers for the benefit of Wisconsin sheep producers and youth sheep project members.

The Jan. 4 program will be presented by Dave Thomas, UW Extension Sheep Specialist, on the topic of "Available Tools for Genetic Improvement." While proper nutrition, health care, and management are very important to flock productivity, the limit to performance is set by the genetic makeup of each animal. Most livestock industries have readily adopted the tools available to them to make large gains in genetic improvement. The sheep industry lags the other livestock industries in the use of such tools. This program will discuss genetic improvement tools currently available to both commercial and purebred flocks and how they can be used to improve the genetic merit of flocks.

Topics and speakers for the February and March Sheep Management WisLine programs will be announced at a later date.

Sheep Management WisLine programs are provided as a service of UW 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. Program information, including handouts, will be available at your County Extension Office or the following website starting in late December 2006.

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 [email protected] or (608) 263-4306.

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