Management Programs

Lamb and Wool Management:  Online Sheep Management Courses


Introduction to Sheep Management - LWMP 1001
Equipment & Facilities - LWMP 1202
Introduction to Sheep Health - LWMP 1300
Ewe Ration Formulation - LWMP 1502
Wool Characteristics and Properties - LWMP 1701


Introduction to Sheep Management LWMP 1001 (one credit)

Offered each Spring and Fall Semester online or via mail.
This course introduces basic sheep management principles. Students will study the year round management and production cycle for a sheep enterprise and understand how each production stage influences enterprise profitability. This course also studies the philosophy of sheep management and its relationship to business goals.

  • Required text book: None, lesson materials provided.
  • Lesson Topics
    1. Getting Started in the Sheep Business
    2. Your Ewes, Your Rams and Their Health
    3.  Breeding Strategies
    4. Lamb Feeding
    5. Facilities and Equipment
    6. Ewe Flock Economics
    7. Wool
    8. Pre-Lambing Management
    9. Lambing Time Management, Difficult Births, Baby Lamb Health
    10. Orphan or Bonus Lambs, Grafting
    11. Creeps and Creep Feeding
    12. Weaning and Weaning Methods
    13. Fitting and Showing Sheep
    14. Raising Versus Buying Replacement Ewes

Equipment and Facilities LWMP 1202 (two credits)

Offered online each Spring and Fall Semester.
This self-paced online course will cover planning for sheep facilities, barn design, lot layout, and sheep feeding equipment. Students will become aware of housing and feeding requirements and how to effectively plan for them.

  • Required text book: SID Sheep Industry Handbook 2002 Edition, Vol.7
  • Lesson Topics
    1. Feeder space requirement
    2. Building and lot requirements
    3. Cold and Warm barn housing
    4. Insulation
    5. Air Intake and Ventilation
    6. Feeding and Watering Systems
    7. Making Lambing Time Easy
    8. Working Facilities
    9. Lambing Barn Evaluation

Introduction to Sheep Health LWMP 1300 (two credits)

Offered online each Spring and Fall Semester.
This self-paced online course helps students become familiar with sheep diseases that need to be managed in a successful sheep enterprise.

  • Required text book: Gates’ Practical Guide to Sheep Disease Management, Third Edition
  • Lesson Topics
    1. Animal behavior
    2. Animal space requirements
    3. Ventilation and air quality
    4. Importance of nutrition
    5. Quality assurance
    6. Bio-security
    7. Young lamb health
    8. Metabolic diseases
    9. Diseases causing abortion
    10. Lameness
    11. Diseases affecting rams
    12. Parasites

Ewe Ration Formulation LWMP 1502 (one credit)

Offered online each Spring and Fall Semester.
This self-paced onine course will make students aware of the methods used to balance rations to meet the sheep nutrient needs for each specific stage of production. The course will also cover least cost ration balancing.

  • Required text book: SID Sheep Industry Handbook 2002 Edition, Vol.7
  • Lesson Topics
    1. Digestive physiology of the sheep
    2. Nutritional safety
    3. Feeder space requirements
    4. Nutritive requirement of sheep
    5. Nutritional values of feed ingredients
    6. Reading a feed tag
    7. Forage sampling and interpretation
    8. Ewe diet formulation and evaluation
    9. Price per pound of nutrient
    10. Year round feeding plan


Wool Characteristics and Properties LWMP 1701 (two credits)

Offered online each Spring and Fall Semester.
This self-paced online course will provide an in-depth look at the biological development of wool fiber and the properties that make it a unique clothing fiber. In addition, this course will study the factors that determine the value of wool, how these can be improved and methods to measure these qualities.

  • Required text book: SID Sheep Industry Handbook 2002 Edition, Vol.7
  • Lesson Topics
    1. Biological development of wool
    2. Characteristics of wool
    3. Wool improvement
    4. Harvesting and preparing wool
    5. Wool contaminates
    6. Wool marketing
    7. Worsted and Woolen processing


Registration

Cost per credit Fall/Spring Semester 2014-2015:  $196.18 per credit.
Please note that some courses are two credits.
 
To register for online courses, use the Online Course Registration Form or contact:
Sue Lovell, Management Programs Support Staff
507-847-7929
sue.lovell@mnwest.edu

North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin residents will be charged a higher tuition cost unless a reciprocity form is completed. A copy of the completed reciprocity form must accompany registration form. Go to Reciprocity Information for more details and the application form for your state. Follow instructions on how to print and complete the form. Contact the Lamb and Wool program if you need help completing the reciprocity form.

 

Questions or more information?
Mike Caskey 
507-825-6808
mike.caskey@mnwest.edu

Philip Berg
507-825-6799
philip.berg@mnwest.edu

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