Join us for a 4 day tour (July 27-31, 2022) of Midwest sheep operations that focus on intensive, accelerated production systems. These production systems utilize confinement housing systems to improve productivity of their flocks and better utilize land and feed resources. This region of the country averages 140+% lamb crop compared to North Carolina, where the current average lamb crop is less than 100%. Additionally, communication networks and implementation of similar production practices in this region have improved product consistency. This program is a great opportunity to learn some new production practices and bring innovative ideas back to North Carolina.
Applications due May 1, 2022
Selections announced May 15, 2022 (6 Participants will be selected)
Open to North Carolina small ruminant producers, North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents, and North Carolina Department of Agriculture personnel.
Trip funded by USDA National Sheep Industry Improvement Center. Participants are expected to pay for meals.
Participants will be required to help organize and lead producer networking groups beginning fall 2022. These networking groups will allow for dissemination of ideas and discussion of production challenges and solutions.
For questions, please contact:
Dr. Andrew Weaver, NCSU Small Ruminant Extension Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Emily Cope, Stokes County Extension Director (email@example.com