Sheep management education in the comfort of your own home

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Continuing with providing various delivery methods of educational information, the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program launched online courses so sheep enthusiasts can keep current in the comfort of their own home or office.

The most popular course is the Introduction to Sheep Management course (LWMP 1001). This course is the online version of the successful home study course that provides an overview of yearlong sheep management. The course also studies the philosophy of sheep management and its relationship to business goals. Introduction to Sheep Management course is a 14 lesson self-paced course with continuous enrollment. This is a one credit course that has no text book required. The 14 lesson topics include: Getting Started in the Sheep Business; Your Ewes, Your Rams and Their Health ; Breeding Strategies; Lamb Feeding; Facilities and Equipment; Ewe Flock Economics; Wool; Pre-Lambing Management; Lambing Time Management, Difficult Births, Baby Lamb Health; Orphan or Bonus Lambs, Grafting; Creeps and Creep Feeding; Weaning and Weaning Methods; Fitting and Showing Sheep; Raising Versus Buying Replacement Ewes. This course is offered online or through the mail.

Other online course offerings include:

· Equipment and Facilities (LWMP 1202)

· Introduction to Sheep Health (LWMP 1300)

· Ewe Ration Formulation (LWMP 1502)

· Wool Characteristics and Properties (LWMP 1701)

Online sheep management courses are an excellent opportunity for youth and adults to learn more about sheep production within their own home or community. These courses are offered each fall. Registration continues until the middle of October.

The Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program is a sheep management education/consulting program offered by Minnesota West Community and Technical College located at Pipestone, Minnesota. The purpose of the program is to help sheep producers increase income and profit through the production of quality lamb and wool. To maximize the profit per ewe and realize the full potential of all sheep through use of modern management practices, new technologies and new approaches to marketing of both lamb and wool.

For more information visit the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program web page http://www.pipestonesheep.com or contact one of the Lamb and Wool instructors, Philip Berg, philip.berg@mnwest.edu, (507) 825-6799 or Mike Caskey, mike.caskey@mnwest.edu, (507) 825-6808. To register for one of the on-line courses contact Sue Lovell (507) 847-7929, sue.lovell@mnwest.edu or register on-line at http://bit.ly/

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