I have had some calls the last few days about the Sheep AI Course at Lakeland College. I have just called them and there are a very limited number of openings available so if you are interested please go to the college web page and enrol, it is under extension courses, and agriculture.
Please be sure to enrol if you are interested in this very informative course.
With the hustle and bustle coming to a halt....... Wait does it ever slow down on the farm?
It has been fairly busy here lately, Kelly and the girls (Kjerstin and Brittany) have been going hard trying to get all the hay in, Jason and Bob (grandfather) has tootled off to Humbolt for a sheep show, they are having a blast from what we have heard. Robert has taken on some new flying shoes and has gone to Germany to see the girlfriend before he starts harvest at work.
So to give you a little bit of information on the course, it has been going like crazy, we are almost full but we want to make sure that everyone gets in.
Sheep Artificial Insemination (AI) Workshop
Expand the genetic potential of your flock by adding artificial insemination to your skill set.
This producer's guide to trans-cervical AI in sheep is an intensive 2-day workshop, specifically for experienced shepherds.
Through lectures and hands-on experience you'll learn about:
Dr. Phil Purdy of the USDA National Germplasm Program
Dr. Carl Lessard, curator of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Canadian Animal Genome project
Course fees include tuition as will as an AI kit. The kit will be available from CCWG Livestock Supplies in Lethbridge. Details about cost and when the kits will be available will be posted on the Lakeland College website.
Schedule & Tuition
Sep 16 - 17, 2017 8 am - 5 pm $450
To register - http://www.lakelandcollege.ca/academics/continuing-edu/registration.aspx
There is only 20 spots available and Jason & Kjerstin would like to send out a huge thank you to Sharon Reiter at Lakeland College for helping us get it to the college and being ran smoothly.
Well yesterday was a very exciting day. We were given the honour of acquiring the Little Smoky flock from Tara MacLachlan and Kirstin Tittemore. Here are just a few of them. The first picture is of Balin (in the backround) one of the Rams and our own Ram Quin. And then there is a picture of 3 of the ewes. When the sun comes out and we have time we will post more. Thank you ladies.
We are looking at importing semen from the UK from Allanshaws Farm for our North Country Cheviot flock and as well from Auchry Bluefaced Leicesters for October delivery. If you are interested in importing semen this fall please get in touch and maybe we can work together and maybe cut down on some of the associated costs.
Last fall Jason and Kjerstin drove down to Laramie, Wyoming to take part in a clinic on artificial insemination and reproductive technologies in sheep put on by the USDA and hosted by Phil Purdy, Ph.D. of the National Animal Germplasm Program, Fort Collins, Colorado.
This was a very informative and educational day. We would like to bring Phil up to Canada to do a similar course for producers up here. The course they went on was only one day and their schedule is below for your viewing. The course we would like to run we would like to see run 2 days and give the attendees more hands on experience in the areas listed.
As you can see there is quite a bit of information that would be new to most Canadian producers wanting to move into doing their own cervical artificial insemination with frozen semen. We would like to take full advantage of Mr. Purdy's knowledge and experience to help move our industry forward. We were looking at an October / November time frame for this to happen.
We believe strongly that this is something as producers that we need to move forward with for the benefit of the industry. If as producers we can work together to develop/use cervical inseminations with frozen semen it will open up a whole host of new genetics and opportunities for producers to access and develop our specific breeds.
If you would be interested in attending a seminar such as this please contact us so we may gauge the interest and if this is something worthwhile pursuing. If you are interested please let us know your preferred month as we would like to accommodate as many as possible.