Birth Management for Small Ruminants

Date: February 22, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Onondaga Township Hall, 4756 Baldwin Road, Onondaga, MI
Contact: Carla McLachlan at 517-432-5402 or

To learn the latest concepts on how to more effectively manage the birth period, producers can attend the Birth Management for Small Ruminants clinic taught by Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Michigan State University Extension small ruminant specialist.

Dr. Ehrhardt will share the latest concepts and skills gleaned from the field and supported by sound science. The 6-hour program contains valuable information for both experienced and novice producers to help them hone their management skills and decision-making through discussion, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

The clinic will be repeated on both Feb. 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. The program will be begin at the Onondaga Township Hall located at 4756 Baldwin Road, Onondaga, MI 49264 at 9 a.m. and then move to a modern sheep birth facility located nearby at 6280 Kinneville Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 at 1 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the importance of nutritional management in preventing many of the common complications observed at birth and will learn how to assess maternal and newborn health and wellbeing. Specific training will be given in dealing with newborn hypothermia, difficult delivery and ensuring a strong bond between mother and offspring. Facility design and time and labor management issues will also be covered.

Enrollment is limited to 25 persons per session date. Registration is $45 per person and includes a management guide book, treatment posters, lunch and light refreshments. Please complete your registration by Feb. 10. To register, Contact Carla McLachlan at 517-432-5402 or  Online registration is also available.

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