Thursday, November 5, 2015

2016 Winter Webinar Series

The University of Maryland Extension Small Ruminant Program will be hosting a webinar series (for small ruminant producers) on consecutive Thursday evenings from February 4 through March 10, 2016. The title of the webinar series (short course) is Special Topics. It will cover a variety of topics and be presented by speakers from several states and institutions.

All webinars will begin at 7 p.m. EST and last for approximately one hour, followed by a question and answer period. Interaction will be via a chat box. Presentations will be recorded and made available for later viewing via Adobe Connect or YouTube. PowerPoint presentations will be uploaded to SlideShare.

Date Topic Speaker Affiliation
Feb 4 Toxic plants Jeff Semler University of Maryland
Feb 11 EBVs for beginners Susan Schoenian University of Maryland
Feb 18 Vitamin and mineral nutrition Dr. Dan Morrical Iowa State University
Feb 25 Sericea lespedeza Dr. Tom Terrill Fort Valley State University
Mar 3 The Big Five Dr. Gareth Bath University of Pretoria (SA)
Mar 10 Natural dewormers Dr. Dahlia O'Brien Virginia State University

Anyone with an internet connection (high speed access recommended) may participate in the live webinars.  Pre-registration is not required. There is no cost involved. Log-in instructions will be provided via a listserv. To subscribe to the webinar listserv, send an email message to In the body of the message, write:  subscribe sheepgoatwebinars
Participation is limited to the first 100 people who log-on.

The highlight of the 2016 series will be a presentation by Dr. Gareth Bath from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Dr. Bath was one of the scientists who developed the FAMACHA© system and Five Point Check©. His presentation will be entitled, The Big Five. He will discuss the five important aspects of internal parasite control:  animals, parasites, pasture, monitoring, and treatment. Because of the time difference involved, Dr. Bath's presentation will not be at 7 p.m. EST.

The University of Maryland Extension Small Ruminant Program has been doing webinar short courses since 2011. The webinars have covered various aspects of sheep and goat production:  nutrition, management, breeding, health, and pasture. Links to these webinars are available at!webinars/cu81.

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