March 23, 2014

Farm Briefs: March 23, 2014

Spring Sheep, Goat Week features activities

PLATTSBURGH — Cornell Cooperative Extension will present 2014 Northern New York Sheep and Goat Week programs in several North Country communities between April 8 and April 17. The program agenda includes activities for youth, families and adult livestock handlers, including the CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out presentation that includes learning how to do a basic necropsy.

“Necropsies are a very good way to understand what goes on inside an animal and to gather information to share with your veterinarian in a timely manner using digital pictures and the Internet. The 2014 Sheep and Goat Week programs offer the opportunity to learn what data to collect to help figure out sheep and goat health challenges,” said organizer Betsy Hodge, a livestock educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County and team leader for the Northern New York Regional CCE Livestock Team.

The programs will be held as follows:

April 8: Plattsburgh, 7 p.m., CCE Clinton County office, activities include CSI Sheep and Goat: Health From the Inside Out; register with Peter Hagar at 561-7450.

April 9: Canton, 7 p.m., CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, adult-level program with veterinarian Carolyn Pierce and Hodge. Activities include CSI Sheep and Goat: Health from the Inside Out; register with Hodge at 315-379-9192.

April 15: Burke, 1 p.m., Downing Acres Farm, hands-on activities include body condition scoring, health assessment, showing, possible necropsy, evening videos/photos with information on performing necropsies and working with a veterinarian; register with Diane Dumont at 483-7403.

April 16: Canton, 1 p.m., CCE St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, youth-level program, activities include body condition scoring, grading, conducting a physical exam, working with your veterinarian, showing and more; register with Amy Sands at 315-379-9192.

The evening meetings also include an update on the sheep artificial insemination project and a discussion of the Northern Adirondack Lamb Cooperative proposal to develop a protocol for taking approved lambs to the livestock auction in New Holland, Pa., to encourage better prices. 

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