2009-12-17 / Local & State

Penn State Extension To Offer Sheep And Goat Nutrition School

Penn State Extension is offering a sheep and goat nutrition school to assist producers to better manage profitability through nutrition in their flock or herd. The school will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The locations will be linked through internet technology. Participants will be able to interact with live speakers through video and audio conferencing.

One of the largest expenses in livestock production is the feed cost. Nutrition can have a great impact on the overall health of a flock or herd, and nutrition can impact the overall production of lambs and kids. This includes the number of lambs or kids born as well as the growth rate of those lambs and kids. Topics that will be covered in the school include feeding basics: concentrates, water, minerals and vitamins; Hay – It’s Not Just Dried Grass: Evaluating Feed Quality; Who Needs What, How Much and When: Understanding Nutrient Requirements; Ewe’s Not Fat, Ewe’s Fluffy: Body Condition Scoring for Sheep and Goats; A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That: Formulating Rations; Feed Substitutions and Comparisons for Cost Savings; and Environmental Effects on Feeding: Temperature, Wind, and Humidity.

Locations for the school are Beaver County Extension Office, Bedford County Extension Office, Bradford County Extension Office, Fayette County Extension Office, Franklin County Extension Office and York County Extension Office. Registration is $25 for the first family member and $15 for each additional family member. Registration fee includes refreshments, lunch and materials. Contact Bedford Office at 814-623-4800 for more information or to register for the school. Registration deadline is January 15, 2010.

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