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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Animal-breeding efficiency and drought's effect on pastures will be two of the topics at hand when Ohio State University Extension co-sponsors the 2013 Sheep and Goat WebEx Program Series in February.

The online series will be hosted at various Ohio locations, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Other sponsors are the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and the OSU Sheep Team.

The program is part of an ongoing effort to equip sheep and goat producers with information to improve their operations, said Roger High, OSIA executive director and OSU Extension state sheep program specialist

"The topics we are covering this year come from surveys that we have done with sheep and goat farmers to find out their interest areas," he said. "The speakers are experts in their topic areas, and with two of the speakers being out of state, the WebEx online format allows them to provide educational programming without actually coming to Ohio."

Topics and experts are:

* Feb. 4: "Vaccination Programs for Sheep and Goat Operations," Eric Gordon, Ohio State large-animal veterinarian.

* Feb. 11: "Artificial Insemination Techniques of Sheep and Goats," Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe, CEO, American Society of Animal Sciences.

* Feb. 18: "Managing Pastures and Hay Fields after a Drought," Jeff McCutcheon and Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension.

* Feb. 25: "Use of EAZI-BREED CIDR for Sheep and Goat Operations," Keith Inskeep, West Virginia University.

All sessions will be available at 17 locations across Ohio, most of them OSU Extension offices. A complete list of host sites is available at http://ohiosheep.org/webex.html or by calling 614-246-8298.

There is no cost to take part in the series, but some hosting sites may charge a program or refreshment fee. Please check with your site for fee or pre-registration details.

For more information, contact High at 614-292-0589 or rhigh@ofbf.org.


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