Vermont Sheep and Goat Association Spring Lambing Clinic Held

Two ruminant specialists talk about sheep while holding a lamb in a barn.
Renee LaCoss and Chet Parsons. Photo credit: Jake Jacobs

On March 18, 2023, the Vermont Sheep and Goat Association (VSGA) held their spring lambing clinic at Shelburne Farms.

Master Shepherd (and retired UVM small ruminant specialist) Chet Parsons reviewed the basics of ewe nutrition, early signs of labor, when to intervene in a difficult labor, dystocia, handy equipment to have on hand, clip, dip, and strip.

While lambing 75 ewes, VSGA President Dave Martin and Shelburne Farms Herdsman Renee LaCoss demonstrated and discussed dystocia, tail docking, castrating, tube feeding, hoof trimming, grafting and inverted eyelid.

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