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August 23. 2013 2:01PM
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Share on facebookShare on linkedinShare on twitterShare on emailMore Sharing Services0COLUMBUS, Ohio - A recent series of educational workshops held online by Ohio State University Extension experts geared toward sheep and goat farmers has drawn more than 1,300 views so far from farmers in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia, OSU Extension educator Jeff McCutcheon says.



 



The 2013 Sheep and Goat WebEx Program Series was presented over four days at 18 sites statewide in February using a WebEx online format as part of an ongoing effort to reach as many producers as possible on issues relevant to growing and enhancing their operations.



 



"The need is there for this kind of programing, and based on feedback that we've gotten thus far, the program is a success," McCutcheon said. "A majority of participants, 93 percent, said they gained knowledge from viewing the program; and 63 percent said they planned to make a change to their operation based on the information learned through the program.



 



"And while people say they still like having face-to-face meetings for workshops, they do view using this kind of technology as a way to have access to experts in subjects they may not have access to otherwise."



 



Topics were chosen based on past surveys with sheep and goat farmers to find out their interests, with a focus on the impact of drought on pastures and new breeding techniques for increased efficiency.



 



Topics for the series included:



 



* "Vaccination Programs for Sheep and Goat Operations," Eric Gordon, Ohio State University large animal veterinarian.



 



* "Artificial Insemination Techniques of Sheep and Goats," Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, CEO, American Society of Animal Sciences.



 



* "Managing Pastures and Hay Fields after a Drought," Jeff McCutcheon and Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension.



 



* "Use of EAZI-BREED CIDR for Sheep and Goat Operations," Keith Inskeep, West Virginia University.



 



The series is sponsored by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA), OSU Extension and the OSU Sheep Team and can be viewed online at http://sheep.osu.edu/presentation-library/.





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