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Lambing Workshop Scheduled in Tappen

A ewe is taking care of her newborn twin lambs as producers watch. (NDSU photo) A ewe is taking care of her newborn twin lambs as producers watch. (NDSU photo)
Topics that will be covered include lamb barn management and lamb marketing.

New and experienced shepherds will have an opportunity to learn more about lambing at a clinic North Dakota State University Extension is holding Friday, Feb. 28, in Tappen, N.D.

“Lambing time is the exciting birth of the new generation of sheep and a huge component of yearly success,” says NDSU Extension sheep specialist Travis Hoffman. “There has been extraordinary interest in expanding operations with sheep in North Dakota and surrounding states.”

The clinic starts at 10 a.m. Central time at the Tappen Community (Fire) Hall, 118 Main St. N. The afternoon programs will be conducted at producer Brent Stroh’s sheep operation near Tappen.

“No matter how much experience a producer has, we all can get better at ewe health and nutrition and lambing management,” says Penny Nester, the Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Kidder County. “Proper preparation before the start of lambing reduces apprehension during the hectic yet rewarding lambing season. An interactive afternoon in the lambing jugs will enhance the experience and learning for all.”

Topics that will be covered during the clinic are:

  • Lambing barn management
  • Young lamb management
  • Tail docking and castration
  • Sheep mineral and growing rations
  • Troubleshooting at lambing
  • Lamb marketing

Nester reminds clinic participants to bring warm clothes and boots for their visit to the Stroh sheep operation.

The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association, Equity Cooperative and CHS Nutrition Inc. are sponsoring the event.

Registration for the clinic is $10 for adults. Those 18 and younger can attend free of charge. To register, contact Nester in Extension’s Kidder County office at 701-475-2672 or

For more information, contact Hoffman at 701-231-2222 or

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Feb. 17, 2020

Source:Penny Nester, 701-475-2672,;
Source:Travis Hoffman, 701-231-2222,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391,
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