The Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association (OHSIA) is sponsoring a lambing school on Saturday March 19 at the Mount Hope Livestock Auction Barn located at 8076 SR 241, Mt Hope, OH 44660 . The lambing school will focus on both lambing and early lamb management and will run from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Dr. Eric Shaver, DVM, from East Holmes Veterinary Clinic in Berlin and Doug Clevenger, OSU/OARDC Beef and Sheep Research Manager and shepherd of the OARDC flock, will be teaching the school. Dr. Shaver will cover care of the ewe and lamb from gestation through lambing and weaning. Topics that will be addressed include nutrition, vaccinations, lambing supplies, handling lambing difficulties, tube feeding and getting the newborn lamb off to a good start. Early lamb care including castration and tail docking will also be covered. Doug Clevenger will cover sheep behavior with a focus on managing ewes and lambs at lambing time from a shepherd’s perspective. A pizza lunch will be served at noon and following the meal participants can leave or they can stick around to have an informal discussion with the presenters and other experienced shepherds regarding lambing, lamb management and general sheep care.
The cost to attend the lambing school is $25 for OHSIA members and $30 for non-OHSIA members. For each additional person from the same farm or family who wants to attend and share handout materials, the cost is $15 for OHSIA members and $20 for non-OHSIA members. The registration fee includes handout materials and a pizza lunch. Registration opens at 8:45 am and the program begins at 9:30 am. For more information about the lambing school contact Don Brown at 330-897-4320.