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Woolgrowers Association to host Shearing Day and Nutrition Clinic

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Sheep producers mark your calendars for April 20 and April 23. David Miller, Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association president, announced that the association will host a Community Shearing Day on April 20 and a Nutrition Clinic on April 23 both in Rocky Ford.

The Community Shearing Day will be held at the Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds 4-H Barn in Rocky Ford beginning at 9 a.m. To reserve a spot, producers need to contact Janet Golden, CSU Extension in Rocky Ford, with a total number of sheep—white face or black face, ewes or rams. The estimated cost, which will need to cover the barn rent, will be $7 per animal. Organizers will assign producers a time to get their sheep to the fairgrounds. A minimum of 50 head is required for the day, and the total number of sheep accepted for the day will be limited to 100 head.

Miller noted that the shearing day allows many producers with smaller flocks to take their animals to the fairgrounds at an appointed time to have them sheared by a professional crew. The wool will need to be taken back home with the producer, but can be submitted for the Wool Pool in late spring when the Association holds its annual Wool Pool collection.

Nancy Irlbeck, associate dean, Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences, will be the guest speaker at the Nutrition Clinic scheduled for April 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Otero County Colorado State University Extension Office in Rocky Ford. Irlbeck will be covering a wide range of topics including: nutrition principles for sheep, feeding for fiber, feeding sheep in a drought situation, confined and range feeding issues, wool types and caring for fleeces, and raising market lambs.

“The nutrition clinic is open to area sheep producers with only a handful of sheep or large producers with a couple hundred head. 4-H and FFA members and their families in the market or breeding sheep project are also encouraged to attend” stated Miller.

The Southeast Colorado Woolgrowers Association is open to any producer who raises sheep in Southeast Colorado including the mountains, foothills, and plains in this part of the state. For further information contact David Miller, 719-462-5255; Cynthia Zwick, 719-263-4325, or Janet Golden, 719-384-4146.

Date: 4/15/2013



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