October 15, 2010
Use before November 1, 2010
Cornell Cooperative Extension Contacts: Betsy Hodge, St. Lawrence
County, 315-379-0607; Ron Kuck, Jefferson County, 315-788-8450; Peter
Hagar, Clinton County, 518-561-7450; tatiana Stanton, Cornell
Note: The name tatiana is spelled with lower case t
Cornell Specialist to Speak at Nov 2-4 Northern NY Sheep & Goat
Week Programs in Canton, Plattsburgh and Watertown —
Learn How to Save Time and Money in Birthing Seasons
Sheep and goat producers attending November 2-4 Northern NY Sheep & Goat
Week programs in Canton, Plattsburgh and Watertown will have the
opportunity to discuss information gathered from more than 20 New York
meat goat and sheep farmers on how they are saving time and money
without sacrificing flock productivity.
In her presentation on “Kidding and Lambing – Where Does the Time go?”
featured speaker Cornell Small Ruminant Extension Specialist tatiana
Stanton will share research data provided by goat and sheep farmers on
their labor and feed demands during lambing and kidding.
and kidding are exciting times on any farm. However, the labor demands
can get exhausting as the years go by and many farmers list exhaustion
and stress during the birthing season as one of the main reasons they
either do not expand their flocks or plan to get rid of their flock as
they age,” Stanton says. Betsy Hodge Photo : Lambs at Cornell
Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm in
Stanton undertook research to learn what tasks take the most time during
the different seasons of birthing and how much the individual tasks
affect the mortality rate of lambs, kids and their dams and the
productivity of the flock as a unit.
“We wanted to know what methods different farms use to reduce their
labor, feed costs and stress during the birthing season and can these
methods work on other farms,” Stanton says.
The November road show meeting discussions will include comparing the
advantages and disadvantages of pasture birthing vs. barn birthing, of
using jugs (small pens) vs. loose housing, and birthing in different
seasons of the year.
The 2010 Fall Northern NY Sheep and Goat Week presentations will also
include information on using artificial insemination techniques for
breeding sheep and an update on the status of current efforts to provide
regional farmers with meat processing opportunities.
The 2010 Fall Northern NY Sheep and Goat Week programs will be held:
November 2nd at 7 pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St.
Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm in Canton, $5 program fee,
November 3rd at 7 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County,
Plattsburgh, $5 program fee, 518-561-7450
November 4th at 7 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson
County, Watertown, bring a dessert or $5 program fee, 315-788-8450.
Learn more about raising goats, sheep, beef cattle and other livestock
by contacting your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office or at the
Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at