The latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources” focused on a sheep drive on a farm in Newcastle, Maine. The article listed the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s website as a source to view the sheep-related educational opportunities it offers.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering FAMACHA workshops this spring for sheep and goat producers interested in learning more about an internal parasite of small ruminants. The practical workshops will show producers how to determine the degree of infection from the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contorutus) by observing the blood color of the capillaries around the eyes of sheep or goats.
The workshops will be presented by two members of UMaine Extension’s sheep research team: Thomas Settlemire and Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet and record sheets. The workshop fee is $20 per farm.
The two-hour workshops are offered three times:
Settlemire and Brzozowski are experienced in sheep production and applied research in breeding natural resistance to the barber pole worm. When sheep and goat producers learn the FAMACHA technique and apply it to their livestock, they are apt to have a more productive herd. They also save on deworming because of this targeted approach and select those animals for breeding that are resistant.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).
Image Description: two goats; photo by Edwin Remsberg
A blade shearing school is planned for April 5 & 6 at Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road in New Gloucester, Maine. Participants will be shearing a flock of Romney sheep. The instructor for this hands-on school is renowned blade shearer, Kevin Ford of Massachusetts. The cost of the school is $85 per person and includes reference materials and lunch.
Also, two beginner level shearing schools planned for spring 2013: Saturday, April 20, 2012 in Freeport, Maine and Saturday, May 4, 2013 Littleton, Maine.
For more information about all three schools or to register, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/sheep-shearing-school/.
Image Description: Peopple shearing sheep