Regional sheep producers’ forum set for Dec. 9 in Brookings |

Regional sheep producers’ forum set for Dec. 9 in Brookings

The annual Regional Sheep Producers Forum is set for Dec. 9 at the South Dakota State University Animal Science Arena in Brookings.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. with the program starting at 1:30 p.m.

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service is organizing the event, and Extension staff from Brookings, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, Miner, and Moody counties are hosting the event.

The forum’s theme is “Issues and Challenges in Health and Nutrition of Sheep Production.” South Dakota Cooperative Extension Sheep Specialist Jeff Held will lead discussions on NCR Guidelines for sheep diets including guidelines on the use of damaged corn.

Held also will lead a discussion on management factors that influence lamb-finishing efficiency entitled “A Window of Opportunity.” Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly will present information on toxins and molds in the 2009 corn crop and their possible effects on lamb and ewe health, with a focus on the palatability and intake perspective.

The importance of sheep parasite control is the focus of a hands-on demonstration with veterinarian Larry Holler and SDSU biology-microbiology professor Mike Hildreth.

Industry sponsors of the program include Sydell, Inc., D&D Crop Insurance, Sinai Cooperative Elevator, the Volga Ag Center, and LNJ Sales and Service. The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association also will be present, sponsoring a sheep spread with crackers for attendees.

For more information on the forum, contact these Extension organizers:

• Extension Livestock Educator Tracey Renelt, (605) 854-3851,

• Extension Livestock Educator Jim Krantz, (605) 772-4661,

• Extension Sheep Specialist Jeff Held, (605) 688-5433,

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