Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lambing & Kidding School well-attended

Eighty-six adults and youth attended the 2011 Lambing & Kidding School, held November 19 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. The school is held every other year at a different location in  Maryland. The next school will be held in 2013 in Western Maryland.

Dr. Susan Kerr, a 4-H Extension Educator and veterinarian from Washington State University was the featured speaker at this year's school. Her participation was sponsored by Northeast SARE.

Youth practice tubing a dead lamb.
Other speakers included Dr. Nelson Escobar, the Small Ruminant Specialist at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES); Dr. Dahlia O'Brien, the Small Ruminant Specialist at Delaware State University; Jeff Semler, an Agricultural Extension Agent in Washington County (MD); Dr. Michael Jacobs, a private veterinarian; and myself, Susan Schoenian, Extension Sheep & Goat Specialist.

This was the first school in which a separate educational tract was held for youth. Seventeen youth participated in the youth tract, which included a parasitology lab, skills lab, wet lab, and skillathon practice.

Proceedings of the Lambing & Kidding School were provided to the participants via a notebook or flash drive. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the proceedings (notebook @$15 or flash drive @$10), please contact Pam Thomas at or (301) 432-2767 x315.

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