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[FEB. 11, 2004]  URBANA -- Sheep producers can participate in three upcoming University of Illinois Extension sheep grazing TeleNets from their own homes. The programs are scheduled for March 8, March 29 and July 26 and begin at 7 p.m.

"The March 8 program will be a round-table program focusing on planning the sheep grazing system," said Richard Cobb, U of I Extension sheep specialist. "We'll cover the layout and design of paddocks as well as water systems. Forage levels to meet the nutritional needs of sheep will also be discussed. Producers will learn how to estimate the amount of forage they have available."

Presenters for the March 8 program include Jim Morrison, U of I Extension crop systems educator based in Rockford; Stanley Jay Solomon, an Extension engineering technology educator at the East Peoria center; and Dean Oswald, an Extension animal systems educator based in Macomb.

The March 29 program will address early season grazing management of pastures as well as preparing the sheep to go to pasture. Presenters include Morrison, Oswald and Cobb.

 

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The final program, on July 26, will deal with late summer forage management and sheep breeding management on pasture. Presenters will be the same as for the March 29 program.

"This is the second year for these programs, and they are set up so participants can call in from their homes," said Cobb. "Producers will be able to ask questions and contribute to the discussions. All topic papers will be posted on Illini SheepNet (http://sheepnet.outreach.uiuc.edu/) prior to the meeting date so producers can download the information."

Those interested in participating should contact Cobb at (217) 333-7351 for more information.

[University of Illinois news release]

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