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Carroll Community College to host workshop on goats, sheep

October 15, 2007

Sheep and goat producers alike find there can be problems when it comes to the lambing and kidding process.

A full-day workshop is planned to help address issues about caring for pregnant ewes and does before and during the birthing process, administering injections and medications, lamb and kid care and processing, producing better sheep and goats through record keeping and performance testing, as well as the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with a small ruminant veterinarian.

The 2007 Lambing and Kidding School will be Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Md. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Kevin Pelzer, production management medicine specialist from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Va.

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Breakout sessions will be held to meet the diverse interests of small ruminant producers in Maryland and surrounding states: sheep vs. goat; meat/fiber vs. dairy; adult vs. youth; and new vs. experienced producers.

The registration fee is $75 per person and $40 for each additional family (or farm) member. The full fee includes lunch, refreshments, a resource notebook, and a lambing and kidding kit. Additional notebooks and kits may be purchased for $10 and $30, respectively. They must be purchased at the time of registration.

Checks are to be made payable to the University of Maryland and should be sent to: Lambing and Kidding School, Western Maryland Research & Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD 21756.

The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 26. For information about the Lambing and Kidding School, visit the Web page www.sheepandgoat.com/programs/school/2007school.html or contact Susan Schoenian at 301-432-2767, ext. 343 or sschoen@umd.edu or Cindy Mason at 301-432-2767, ext. 301 or cmason@umd.edu

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