Press Release


National expert at local sheep field day May 19

Kittitas County, WA - 05/05/2018 - Join sheep growers from all over Washington State for an educational and fun day with Woody Lane on small ruminant nutrition and pasture management.

Woody Lane is a PhD livestock nutritionist and forage specialist from Roseburg, Oregon. He writes columns for Shepherd magazine, has edited the American Sheep Industry Sheep Production Handbook, and has tremendous experience explaining complex forage and nutrition subjects related to sheep.

The program will begin at Trinity Farms, at 2451 No 81 Road, starting at 9am. The group will carpool to the Barnhart Ranch for a pasture walk. A free lamb chili lunch will be offered by the Kittitas County Sheep Producers, the prime sponsor of this event. Please register for the event at Cost is $10 per adult; minors attend for free (under 21).

Participants will discuss how pastures grow and mature and how changing plant physiology affects sheep nutrition and meat and wool production. The event will include both classroom and field time. Dr. Lane will discuss the scientific basis for laboratory forage analysis and tie these results to pasture conditions. Discussions will include harvested feed choices, flock management, forage types, and grazing techniques to help you get the most from your pastures. This is a one day "short course"; participants will receive information about Woody's longer 8-10 week courses.

This program is sponsored by Washington State University Kittitas County Extension, the Kittitas County Sheep Producers, and the Washington State Sheep Producers. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Tip Hudson at 509-962-7507 or at least two weeks prior to the event. Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.


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Contact: Tip Hudson, 509-962-7507; Bambi Miller, 509-968-9630; WA State Sheep Producers Assn., 360-999-8118.