Sheep and Goat Care Subject of Upcoming Colorado State Cooperative Extension Program

A day-long informational meeting for those working with sheep and goats will be presented by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9 at the Jack Lowell Ranch in Castle Rock.

The program includes discussion on the effect of poisonous plants on sheep and goats,  zoonotic diseases (those that pass from animals to humans), feeding sheep and goats, resources for new farm businesses, veterinary help for sheep and goats, fabrication of goat carcasses (cutting meat into retail cuts), minerals for sheep and goats and premises registration. Hands-on labs will include drenching, proper vaccination and techniques when lambing.

Speakers from Colorado State University include Tony Knight, Department of Clinical Sciences; Steve LeValley, Department of Animal Sciences; Norm Dalsted, Department of Agriculture and Resources Economics; Dr. Roger Ellis, Department of Clinical Science and extension veterinarian; John Scanga, Department of Animal Sciences and extension meat specialist; Nancy Irlbeck, College of Agriculture Sciences; and Kenny Thies, Cooperative Extension agent in Adams County. The cost, $20 per adult and $10 per youth, includes lunch and materials.

For a brochure or more information, visit or contact Tom McBride at the Adams County office of Cooperative Extension, (303) 637-8110, or Steve LeValley in Colorado State’s Department of Animal Sciences at (970) 491-1321.