The Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association (OHSIA) and the OARDC Sheep Unit are teaming up to sponsor a lambing school on Saturday May 10. This date coincides with the OARDC Sheep Unit lambing calendar and there should be a number of recently born lambs along with ewes due to lamb that will provide participants with hands-on practice. The lambing school will focus on both lambing and early lamb management.
Dr. Kristen Mierzwiak from East Holmes Veterinary Clinic in Berlin will be teaching the school. During the morning session, Dr. Mierzwiak will cover care of the ewe and lamb from gestation through lambing and weaning. Topics that will be addressed including nutrition, vaccinations, and handling lambing difficulties. Following lunch participants will have the opportunity for hands on experience with castration, tail docking, and tube feeding lambs at the OARDC sheep unit.
For those who are interested, Rory Lewandowski will provide an overview and review of the FAMACHA eyelid scoring system to help sheep owners prepare for the summer parasite season. FAMACHA is one of the tools that sheep producers can use within an integrated internal parasite control program to selectively deworm animals and minimize chemical resistance.
Pre-registration is requested by May 6th. The cost of the lambing school is $20/person with a discounted rate of $10 for students and youth under the age of 16. Registration includes lunch. To register send a check payable to “OHSIA” to Velda Limbach at 14950 Stanwood Street SW, Dalton OH 44618, or call 330-833-7346 to reserve a spot in the school. Sign in the day of the school, May 10th will begin at 8:30 am. The program will start at 9:00 am and will conclude by 3:00 pm. The OARDC Sheep Unit is located at 5743 Fredericksburg Road, Wooster OH 44691.