Spend a day with a veterinarian (or two) and a farmer learning how to help lambs to survive and thrive. Planned subjects include care of ewes up to delivery, assisting with delivery, and care of newborn lambs, including dealing with typical problems. We also usually discuss vaccination, parasite management, pasture management, use and misuse of antibiotics, and other subjects as they come up.
The class is hands-on. Expect to give shots, dock and castrate lambs, and insert a feeding tube. If the ewes cooperate, students will have the opportunity to deliver a lamb.
The class will be held in the fields and barns, so dress for the weather and expect to get dirty. Clean boots and clean outerwear are required to prevent spread of pathogens from farm to farm. A boot wash station and changing room will be be available.
Official hours are from 9:00 to 4:00 on either Friday or Saturday. Class will be the same both days. Arriving early and staying late are optional. If you arrive early, you can expect to be put to work, but you are more likely to see a ewe deliver. Extra activities usually extend beyond the end of class.