MSU birth management clinic for sheep and goats to be held Feb 11 and 18

Novice and experienced producers will benefit from the lectures at the clinic.

The birth period provides lots of challenges to sheep and goats producers regardless of farm size. Both novice and experienced producers find it a time of reward but also filled with stresses imposed by time and often compounded by the weather. Come and join Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, MSU extension small ruminant specialist, to learn how to better manage the birth period by attending a birth management clinic for small ruminants. This afternoon long program hosted by Michigan State University Extension, experienced and novice producers in helping them hone their management skills and decision-making through discussion, demonstrations and hands-on activities. 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 well being. Specific training will be given in dealing with newborn hypothermia, difficult delivery and ensuring a strong bond between mother and offspring. The program will be held in modern indoor birth management facility but dress appropriately for winter weather and sheep handling activities.

Location: 6280 Kinneville Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
Dates and Time: Feb 11 and Feb 18 (program repeated on both days) noon to 4:30 p.m.

Enrollment is limited to 20 persons per session date. Please complete your registration by February 7. Registration is $35 per person and includes a management guide book and light refreshments. Contact Carla McLachlan at 517-432-5402 or email at to register and insure a spot in this popular program.

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