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Management Education Programs

Lamb and Wool Management:  Lambing Time Short Course and Bus Tour

This shortcourse and bus tour is availble to help producers recognize and effectively deal with common lambing time problems. The short course focuses on the management prior to, during and after lambing and the affect it has on lamb losses, pounds of lamb marketed and input costs and labor requirements. The tour will provide producers the opportunity to see first-hand how other producers recognize, manage, and deal with lambing time challenges.

2017 Lambing Time Short Course and Bus Tour
Schedule:  February 10 and 11, 2017
Location:  Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Pipestone, MN
Friday, February 10, 2017
3:00 p.m.   Hands-on Computer Record Keeping Session Using Excel  (limited to 20 people)         
6:30 p.m. --- Registration
7:00 p.m.   Opening Remarks - Mike Caskey
7:15 p.m.   New Born Lamb Care - Philip Berg
8:00 p.m.   Creep Feeding and Creep Design - Laurie Johnson
8:45 p.m.   What the New Veterinary Feed Directive Rule Means For You - Dr. Goelz
9:30 p.m.   Adjourn until Saturday

Saturday, February 11, 2017

8:00 a.m. --- Registration
8:20 a.m.   Opening Remarks - Mike Caskey
8:30 a.m.   Low Labor Lambing Concepts - Mike Caskey
9:15 a.m.   Identifying and Treating Common Ewe Health Concerns - Dr. Goelz
10:00 a.m. --- Break
10:15 a.m.   Feeding Ewes For Lambing Time Success - Philip Berg
11:00 a.m.   Managing Common Baby Lamb Health Concerns - Dr. Bobb
12:00 Noon --- Lunch

12:45 p.m. Board buses
1:45 p.m.   Tour Randy Holinka farm
   Lambing Barn Layout
   Creep Pen Setup and Design
   Self Feeding SBHP & DDGS to Lactating Ewes
   Low Labor Management Concepts
   Year Around Drylot Feeding
   Hoop Barn for Sheep

2:45 p.m.  Board buses
3:15 p.m.   Tour Peter Noding Farm
   Self Feeding SBHP & DDGS to Lambing Pens
   New Barn Lamb Care
   Tubing Lambs
   Docking and Castrating Methods
   Fenceline Feeding
   Hoop Barn for Sheep

4:15 p.m.   Board buses
5:00 p.m.   Arrive back at the College

Farm Tours

Randy Holinka
Randy runs a diversified crop and livestock operation which include lambing out 400 ewes annually. Just like many sheep producers he has remodeled existing barns to efficiently handle large number of ewes. Randy employs several low labor feeding systems such as self-feeding lactating ewes and utilizes a feed wagon and H bunk feeding system. He also has a commodity shed for housing feed resources needed. Randy has built two hoop barns to accommodate flock expansion and to enhance performance of hisfeeder lambs.

Peter Noding
Peter is one of the young newcomers to the sheep business. He started raising sheep 6 years ago with his uncle. He is planning on lambing 400 ewes this winter with additional expansion in his future. He has remodeled an existing building for his lambing barn, which includes a heated work area, multiple drop pens, water tubes, and initial grouping pens. An existing smaller barn has been converted into a transition barn and he remodeled a pole barn to house lactating ewes. He also recently added a hoop barn for cold housing to accommodate his flock expansion. Peter utilizes multiple fence line feeding systems and an in pen H bunks which all allow Peter to feed a large number of ewes in a short time. Peter has developed a great set of sheep management skills in a very short period of time. When time permits Peter custom shears sheep.


Information brochure - Coming Soon

Minimum enrollment 20 people. Maximum enrollment limited to 100 paid registrants
(We encourage you to send your registration in early.)

Cost:  $99 (includes tuition, bus transportation, and noon meal).
Complete Registration Form.   *This form requires Acrobat Reader (free download).North 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.South Dakota students should contact Minnesota West directly. South Dakota residents don’t need to send a form to their home state.

Questions or more information?

Philip Berg


Laurie Johnson
507 825-6815


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