Owens Farm in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, will host its lambing clinic on Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The morning session will cover pre-lambing management, the normal birthing process, veterinary intervention, tips for saving lambs, and diagnosing lamb deaths. Supply lists and resources will be shared.
After lunch, the group will head to the Owens lambing barns to learn about management practices such as ear tagging, tube feeding, tail docking, nursing difficulties and trouble recognition.
The farm will be in the middle of lambing 150 ewes, providing ample opportunity for observation and case study.
The Owens family raises both Katahdins and Coopworths, each under a different lambing protocol. Reasons and logistics for the two systems will be explained.
Speakers will be Dr. Jackie Rapp from Susquehanna Valley Veterinary Hospital in Paxinos, and three experienced shepherds.
Rapp specializes in small ruminant medicine and also raises purebred Dorsets. Jerry McCarty grew up on a Columbia County sheep farm and raises Suffolk, Tunis and Hampshires for club lambs and breeding stock. Jan Motter has raised purebred Polypays and Shropshires for over 30 years at Lane’s End Farm in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.
The Owens family has raised sheep since 1992 on two farms in two states, relocating from New Hampshire to Pennsylvania in 2008.
Preregistration is required. Cost is $85. Children under 12 are free. For more information or to register, call 570-286-5309 or visit owensfarm.com.