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The care and raising of sheep at UVM

Participants in a new UVM sheep management class will learn the basic information necessary to raise and care for sheep at an upcoming class in sheep management. This class is an opportunity for individuals to obtain a clear understanding of what he or she wants to achieve by raising sheep. Focus will be on the different characteristics of breeds and the basics of animal husbandry such as health, nutrition and animal behavior to ensure success in sheep production.

An emphasis will be on what to look for when selecting a healthy, sound sheep. Video clips will be shown on different aspects of a sheep operation.

The class will be held Saturday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UVM Extension Office in South Burlington, Vermont. In the afternoon, the class will move to Shelburne Farms in Shelburne for a hands-on session; bring a brown bag lunch.

Registration will include handout materials. To register, send your name, address and telephone number with a $50 registration fee per farm (more than one person can attend per farm) by March 26 to: Introduction to Sheep Management, UVM Extension, 278 South Main St. Suite 2, St. Albans 05478. Additional information will be sent upon receipt of the registration. For more information, contact Chet Parsons or Elaine Burnor at 802-524-6501 or chester.parsons@uvm.edu.

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