Most of this year's U of Maryland webinars should be of interest to blackbelly breeders, so I encourage you to find time to tune in. They will all be recorded so you can listen at your convenience.

The topic on EBVs will give you some ideas on how to define measureable traits in your sheep that you want to pass to offspring. This is one of the practices that has skyrocketed the Katahdin sheep popularity and growth.

The topic on the Big Five is about sheep parasites and how to minimize them.



From:         Susan Schoenian <>
Subject: [SHEPHERDSNOTEBOOK] [Shepherd's Notebook] 2016 Winter Webinar Series

The University of Maryland Extension Small Ruminant Program will be hosting a webinar series (for small ruminant producers) on consecutive Thursday evenings from February 4 through March 10. The title of the webinar series (short course) is Special Topics. It will cover a variety of topics and be presented by speakers from several states and institutions.

All webinars will begin at 7 p.m. EST and last for approximately one hour, followed by a question and answer period. Interaction will be via a chat box. Presentations will be recorded and made available for later viewing via Adobe Connect or <>YouTube. PowerPoint presentations will be uploaded to <>SlideShare.

Date Topic Speaker Affiliation
Feb 4 Toxic plants Jeff Semler University of Maryland
Feb 11 EBVs for beginners Susan Schoenian University of Maryland
Feb 18 Vitamin and mineral nutrition Dr. Dan Morrical Iowa State University
Feb 25 Sericea lespedeza Dr. Tom Terrill Fort Valley State University
Mar 3 The Big Five Dr. Gareth Bath University of Pretoria (SA)
Mar 10 Natural dewormers Dr. Dahlia O'Brien Virginia State University

Anyone with an internet connection (high speed access recommended) may participate in the live webinars. Pre-registration is not required. There is no cost involved. Log-in instructions will be provided via a listserv. To subscribe to the webinar listserv, send an email message to <> In the body of the message,write subscribe: sheepgoatwebinars. Participation is limited to the first 100 people who log-on.

The highlight of the 2016 series will be a presentation by Dr. Gareth Bath from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Dr. Bath was one of the scientists who developed the FAMACHA© system and Five Point Check©. His presentation will be entitled, The Big Five. He will discuss the five important aspects of internal parasite control: animals, parasites, pasture, monitoring, and treatment. Because of the time difference involved, Dr. Bath's presentation will not be at 7 p.m. EST.

The University of Maryland Extension Small Ruminant Program has been doing webinar short courses since 2011. The webinars have covered various aspects of sheep and goat production: nutrition, management, breeding, health, and pasture. Links to these webinars are available at <!webinars/cu81>!webinars/cu81.

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Posted By Susan Schoenian to <>Shepherd's Notebook at 11/05/2015 01:42:00 PM

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