2016 Lambing Clinic
Feb 20, 2016 Lambing Clinic at Wellscroft Farm
Mark your calendar now for the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Growers Association annual lambing clinic: February 20! This popular event is always a treasure trove of information on all the stages of producing healthy lambs, valuable to both the experienced shepherd and the novice.
This year’s clinic will be hosted by Wellscroft Farm where David Kennard, Colin Kennard, and Tiger Batchelder will have three informative stations set up to walk attendees through all aspects of lambing. Topics covered will range from basic lambing procedures including such things as facilities, lambing kits, and the actual lambing process itself to post lambing necessities including checking and treating eyes, tail docking ear tagging, and more. Additionally, possible problems encountered during lambing will be cov-ered, such as prolapse and dystocia.
The morning session will take place at the nearby Wells Memorial School, located at 253 Chesham Road. Here attendees will have the opportunity to hear Carol Majewski , Extension Educator of Cheshire County, speak on winter nutrition and care of pregnant and newborn lambs through weaning; David Kennard of Wellscroft Farm present a step-by-step slide show of lambing birth and the care of newborns in the winter confinement; and Andy Rice speaking on “When Does the Sheep Need Help and When Do You Need Help?”
As the brochure notes: “The afternoon session is outside, hand-on in a barn. Please wear warm clothes or a jumpsuit and CLEANED boots.”
Morning Session: 8:15-12:00 at 253 Chesham Road (Turn onto Chesham Rd off Rt. 101 by Aud-rey’s Café, 1 mile up, on the left, or call for directions if coming from Rt. 9 in Nelson)
Afternoon Session: 12:15-2:00 at Wellscroft Farm, 167 Sunset Hill, Chesham
General Admission is $10.00
Free to members, 4-H club members, and children under 10
2016 NH Sheep & Wool Festival
The 2015 festival was a success with a good crowd and fantastic lectures, workshops, vendors, and exhibits. Needless to say, we’re already planning the 2016 festival. Mark your calendars for May 14 & 15 because you won’t want to miss the fun!
We are always looking for volunteers to join the festival committee. Just give one of the festival co-chairs a call and they can tell you about the many opportunities to help out. It’s a great way to get more involved with the association and meet some new friends.
Hope you’ll join us!