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NDSU New Shepherds Clinic Set

Sheep production and nutrition are among the clinic topics.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service and NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center are hosting a free clinic for new shepherds Sept. 20 at the center.

The program begins at 10 a.m. Mountain time.

“Sheep are a good livestock enterprise for youth, families with off-the-farm jobs or existing livestock enterprises seeking diversification,” says Reid Redden, NDSU Extension sheep specialist. “New sheep operations are attractive because individuals can start small and build as they go. Plus, sheep operations don’t require large startup capital or amounts of land, or expensive facilities and equipment. Within a few years, new shepherds can expand their flock rapidly and build a sustainable production system.”

Topic that will be covered during the clinic are:

  • Sheep production
  • Sheep nutrition
  • Lambing barn management
  • Shepherding equipment
  • Animal-handling techniques

In addition, participants will be able to tour the Research Extension Center’s sheep facilities.

“The clinic also supports the efforts of the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association’s starter flock program,” Redden says.

Lunch will be available for purchase.

Register by Sept. 12. For more information or to register, contact Redden at (701) 231-5597 or

The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association also is hosting the clinic.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Aug. 13, 2014

Source:Reid Redden, (701) 231-5597,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391,
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