Wednesday, December 7, 2011

W. Va. small ruminant course Dec. 10

The 2011 West Virginia Small Ruminant Short Course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Room 1001 in the West Virginia University Agriculture Science Building in Morgantown.
Sponsored by the West Virginia Extension Service, the educational program for sheep and goat producers is open to the public and will include information on feed, nutrition, and economics.
An update will be presented on the National Animal Identification System, Scrapie Program, American Sheep Industry programs and the West Virginia Fiber Festival. Furthermore, a summary of current WVU research projects on Multi Species Grazing, Synchronization,Out-of Season Breeding and Weaning trials will be available.
An informational farm tour is scheduled in the afternoon by charter bus to visit the George Wherry Farm. Wherry manages a large commercial sheep operation located in Scenery Hill, Pa, consisting of 500 Dorset and Texel crossed ewes. The farm tour will focus on effective sheep management, pasture based production systems, rotational grazing management to utilize warm season grasses and Wherry's progressive direct marketing strategies
Box lunches will be offered on the charter bus on the way to visit the Wherry farm. The annual meeting of the West Virginia Shepherd's Federation will be conducted on the charter bus on the way back to Morgantown. Registration is required for lunches and transportation as soon as possible.
The cost for the workshop is $15 to cover the charter bus and box lunch costs. The registration fee will be payable on Dec. 10. To register for the workshop contact the Grant County WVU Extension office at 1-304-257-4688 by email at or call J.J. Barrett, Wood County WVU Extension agent for Agriculture, at 1-304-424-1960.

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