Birth Management for Small Ruminants clinic

MSU Extension hosts Birth Management Clinic for Small Ruminants Feb. 15 and 22.

Sheep and goat producers commonly find the birth period to be one of high reward but also of high anxiety. Proper planning and preventative management go a long way in reducing the stress of this period on both animals and their owners. There are many management skills and approaches to consider and hone that will improve the health and productivity of your flock or herd.

To learn the latest concepts on how to more effectively manage the birth period, producers can attend the Birth Management for Small Ruminants clinic taught by Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Michigan State University Extension small ruminant specialist.

Dr. Ehrhardt will share the latest concepts and skills gleaned from the field and supported by sound science. The 6-hour program contains valuable information for both experienced and novice producers to help them hone their management skills and decision-making through discussion, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

The clinic will be repeated on both Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The program will be begin at the Onondaga Township Hall, 4756 Baldwin Road, Onondaga, MI 49264 at 9 a.m. and then move to a modern sheep birth facility located nearby at 6280 Kinneville Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 at 1 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the importance of nutritional management in preventing many of the common complications observed at birth and will learn how to assess maternal and newborn health and wellbeing. Specific training will be given in dealing with newborn hypothermia, difficult delivery and ensuring a strong bond between mother and offspring. Facility design and time and labor management issues will also be covered.

Enrollment is limited to 25 persons per session date. Registration is $45 per person and includes a management guide book, treatment posters, lunch and light refreshments. Please complete your registration by Feb. 10. To register, Contact Carla McLachlan at 517-432-5402 or  Online registration is also available.

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