Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nutrition tips for sheep offered

A new online course, “Improve Your Sheep Nutrition Management Skills,” has been developed by Dr. Paul Luimes, researcher at the University of Guelph (Ridgetown campus).
This general‐interest course was developed with support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs, and the Agricultural Management Institute.

Strong demand for lamb in Canada has increased interest in sheep farming.
“It is important that with the rising cost of feed, shepherds have a better understanding of nutrition to help better manage costs and optimize production,” said Dr. Luimes.
This course will provide new and existing producers with a foundation of knowledge in sheep nutrition, giving them the basic tools to be able to optimize the balance between feed, meat quality, and profitability.
Linking nutrition with the cost of production, producers will be made more aware of the relationship between nutrition, management, and profitability.
This online course will allow each individual to work through the course material at their own pace—from any computer with Internet access, at a time convenient to their schedule.
Topics covered in the course include feed types, nutrients, digestive physiology, nutrient requirements, ration formulation, and feed management.
For more information about the course or to register online, visit www.ridgetownc.com/bdt/ce_sheep.cfm
For further information on this program, contact Dezarae Kemp, Business Development Centre, University of Guelph (Ridgetown campus), by calling 1-519-675-1500 ext. 63295 or e-mailing dmalott@uoguelph
In related news, arrangements are being made to bring someone to the district to do sheep shearing.
If you are interested in having your sheep sheared, call 482-1921.

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