Predator–Livestock Conflict Management Workshop: Using Non-lethal Methods Effectively
• Practical uses of many non-lethal methods to prevent or reduce depredation losses
• Animal husbandry methods that can protect livestock
• Minnesota’s depredation compensation programs
This workshop will provide information and demonstrations on the science and practical use of non-lethal methods to protect livestock from predators.
The summer lamb market season is in full swing. Some producers have already emptied their pens for the year, some are halfway, some are starting and some will begin later this summer/early fall. Lamb prices appear to be stronger than last year, but could always be better, right? Ewes are out in pasture and some producers are getting ready to put their rams in soon, some are done breeding and some won’t put rams in until late this fall. The show season is in full swing, I think we’re about halfway through it, then it’s history and those yearling ewes will go into production.
As you can imagine, the sheep production cycle is ever changing: rarely a dull moment; always something to be learned; the promise of change with new genetics brought into your flock as you purchase breeding stock at the numerous sales, the satisfaction and peacefulness you feel as you watch your flock begin to bed down at dusk. This is part of the life of a shepherd. Lots of hard work, happy times, frustration and satisfaction-I love it, don’t you?
If you are new to raising sheep, or if you would like to start raising sheep, but would like some advice from an experienced shepherd, contact MLWPA today and receive information on our mentor program.
MLWPA will connect you with an experienced sheep producer in your area who will mentor you as begin raising sheep. The mentor will provide tips and advice via email and/or telephone. In addition the mentor will come to your farm at least once to review your facilities and management plan and provide additional advice. This mentoring is a free service. The only requirement is that the mentee become a member of the MN Lamb and Wool Producers Association.
If you need assistance in locating a source (or sources) of sheep to start your flock, MLWPA volunteers can help you with that as well. Join our flock today.
Fiber Preparation 101, From Sheep to Wool for Handspinners, Marketing your Farm Products with Social Media (bring your laptop or smart phone), and Skirting Fleeces (bring fleeces and skirting tables if you have them). Refer to the agenda for class times.