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Hettinger Extension to host shepherds clinic

The North Dakota State University Extension Service and NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center are hosting a free clinic for new shepherds Sept. 20 at the center.

The program begins at 10 a.m., according to a news release.

“Sheep are a good livestock enterprise for youth, families with off-the-farm jobs or existing livestock enterprises seeking diversification,” said Reid Redden, NDSU Extension sheep specialist. “New sheep operations are attractive because individuals can start small and build as they go. Plus, sheep operations don’t require large startup capital or amounts of land, or expensive facilities and equipment. Within a few years, new shepherds can expand their flock rapidly and build a sustainable production system.”

Topic that will be covered during the clinic are:

- Sheep production.

- Sheep nutrition.

- Lambing barn management.

- Shepherding equipment.

- Animal-handling techniques.

In addition, participants will be able to tour the Research Extension Center’s sheep facilities.

“The clinic also supports the efforts of the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association’s starter flock program,” Redden said.