Wayne Martin, Extension Educator, Alternative Livestock Systems
Sheep are a great animal to raise on farms both large and small, and many people will agree that large numbers aren't necessary to make it worthwhile. According to the USDA Statistical Service (NASS) numbers released for 2011, of all sheep operations in the USA, 94% of those were comprised of flocks in the range of 1-99 head. For the 2007 USDA Census, of the 2,522 Minnesota farms reporting sheep inventory, 2,238 farms had fewer than 99 sheep.
Sheep numbers continue to decline throughout the USA, while demand remains strong. In response to increased interest, the Small Farms U Program at the University of Minnesota is offering a workshop on basic lambing management practices that will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 9:30-12:30 p.m., on the St Paul Campus, at the Beef Cattle Barn, located on the corner of Buford and Gortner Avenues.
This workshop is designed for the person who has little experience raising sheep, but is thinking about starting a flock, or who already has a few sheep but feels that more management skills would be a worthy investment. It will be taught by Kyle Rozeboom, Livestock Specialist in the Animal Science Department, and Wayne Martin, Alternative Livestock Systems Specialist with Extension. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to the following:
Lamb Management Practices
Registration begins at 9:00 with coffee and snacks. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Cost of the workshop is $20/adult, $30/couple or business partners, and $10/student. Please contact Wayne Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (612) 625-6224.