NTU to host sheep conference

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

Navajo Technical University’s (NTU, Crownpoint, NM) veterinary technician program and extension services will be hosting a free spring sheep conference and workshop for students and the local community May 2-3. During the first day, a number of speakers will give presentations, while the second day will be devoted to hands-on demonstrations.

Presentations will cover a wide-range of topics, including the historical and cultural significance of sheep herding, herd health and well-being, ram exchange and testing, the Sheep Scrapie Project, quality assurance and record keeping, range management, and shearing methodology. During the hands-on demonstrations, conference participants will meet at NTU’s veterinarian clinic barn and tent to view shearing, butchering, and wool dying techniques. There will also be an array of herding dogs on hand.

The conference will be hosted in collaboration with Blackmesa Water Coalition, Diné Be’iina, Diné College (Tsaile, AZ), Double Spur 4-H, New Mexico State University Extension, the Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture, the Tri-State Extension, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  For more information, contact the NTU veterinarian hospital at (505) 786-4150.

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