Lambing Clinic

2014 Lambing Clinic   
Saturday, March 8             
            9
:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.                               
Pack years of lambing experience into one day with small ruminant veterinarian Dr. Jackie Rapp, a panel of shepherds, and a barnful of lambs. The morning session will cover Pre-Lambing Management, Normal Birthing Process, Deciding Whether to Call the Vet, Top Ten Tips for saving lambs, and a necropsy to determine “Why Did This Lamb Die?”  Then we’ll head to the barn to demonstrate management practices such as ear-tagging, tube feeding, tail docking, nursing difficulties, and other common problems. Even more important, we’ll show you how to recognize the behavior of healthy newborns who need no intervention. We will be in the middle of a 160+ lambing season at the time of the workshop.
Bring a covered dish for our potluck lunch in the nice, warm one-room schoolhouse.  

Limited to 30 participants so everyone gets hands-on practice.
Program fee $45 per person. Teens welcome!
Kids under 12 free, but it might be a cold, boring event for them 

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MEET OUR GUEST SPEAKERS FOR 2014
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Dr. Jackie Rapp, DVM

We count ourselves very fortunate to have Dr. Rapp nearby. She not only specializes in small ruminants, but she and her husband have raised sheep for years.  Dr. Rapp is a large animal veterinarian who runs her own practice in Paxinos, Pennsylvania. She was born and raised in Danville, where she was active in FFA and 4H . She graduated from Penn State in 1995 and the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School in 1999. Dr. Rapp worked for Sunbury Animal Hospital for ten years before branching out on her own in 2008. She works on horses, cattle, and small ruminants including alpacas and deer..Susquehanna Valley Veterinary        
527 Olive Rd.       Paxinos, PA 17860
570-850-1321

 

Alex Masser,
Purebred Suffolks
Dauphin County

Alex has been raising and showing purebred Suffolk sheep for the past 12 years. Up until 2013, he lambed 60-70 ewes per year. The lamb crop was sold at shows and as replacement seed stock to other breeders nationwide. Alex selects for Suffolk sheep that have good frame in addition to the substance and correctness required of today's purebred sheep. He has recently reduced his flock size in order to offer flock consulting and traveling to see other breeders he has met over the years.

570-847-1833
6579 State route 225
Elizabethville, PA 17023 


 

 

 

 

Jerry McCarty, Columbia Co. 4H Leader & Shepherd

Jerry was raised on a sheep farm in Columbia County, which ran up to 300 head of breeding ewes. He currently has about 35 brood ewes, mostly Suffolk and Tunis , and has recently added Hampshires for crossbreeding. Because most of his lambs are sold as 4-H projects, he lambs in January-February to get an early start for  the  show ring.  He also sells breeding stock.  Jerry has been a 4-H leader for the Columbia County livestock club for over 20 years.

570- 854-6356

 

Caroline and David Owens

Your hosts for the Lambing Clinic raise Coopworths for wool and meat, and Katahdins for meat only.  We expect to lamb 92 ewes in March 2014. The ewes stay out on pasture until mid-January when we bring them in for shearing and the last six weeks of gestation.  Our farm is 112 acres of mostly open pasture, on which we rotationally graze using various combinations of electric fence. The only time we feed grain is to the ewes before and after lambing. We direct-market our grass-fed lamb in the fall.  We raise all our livestock as naturally and chemical-free as possible. We have been raising sheep for over 20 years, starting with Dorset/Finn crosses on a small farm in New Hampshire back in the 1990's. 

 

 

 

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