Monday, December 24, 2007

A successful lambing and kidding school

Approximately 130 people attended the 2007 Lambing and Kidding School, held December 8 at Carroll Community College. The last school was held in December 2005 at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The next school will be held in 2009 at a similar geographic location.

A Katahdin ewe that just lambedThe Lambing and Kidding School was sponsored by University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, with support from Sheepman Supply Company. Door prizes were donated by Premier 1 Supplies, La Belle Animal Health Division, and the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Participants in the School received a lambing and kidding kit. Pocket record keeping notebooks were donated by Sheepman Supply Company, Shepherd Magazine, and University of Missouri Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Kevin Pelzer, Production Management Medicine Specialist at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, was the featured speaker.

Other speakers included Susan Schoenian, John Hall, Jeff Semler, and Donielle Inskeep, all with Maryland Cooperative Extension; Dr. Dahlia Jackson from Delaware State University; Jeanne Dietz-Band from Many Rocks Farm (Keedysville, MD); Alice Orzechowski from Caprikorn Farms (Gapland, MD); Bev Pearsall from Pearsall Sheep Farm (Thurmont, MD); Kate and Claire Bennett, sheep and goat producers from Carroll County; and Shannon Uzelac, a UMES graduate student and goat producer.