4-H learn all about sheep

Yellowhead 4-H club are beginning to prepare for the start of their project year

Yelowhead 4-H Club held their annual sheep husbandry day on March 8 at the Smith family’s barn.

Yelowhead 4-H Club held their annual sheep husbandry day on March 8 at the Smith family’s barn.

By Kathleen Pilatzke

Yellowhead 4-H Club reporter

The sheep and goat members of the Yellowhead 4-H club are beginning to prepare for the start of their project year. On Sunday March 8, the annual sheep husbandry day was held.

The members of both the sheep and goat divisions of the Yellowhead 4-H club were present.

The Smith’s barn and animals were used for the husbandry day. Their ewes had already started to lamb and we got to watch a demonstration of docking, castration and ear tagging the lambs.

After the demonstration a discussion about how techniques varied between lambs and goats was held.

In the morning Maureen Smith gave a talk about the birthing basics for sheep, and in the afternoon Janet Huber gave an overview on raising your lamb.

We also cycled through various stations that provided us with information on how to raise your 4-H lamb. Things that we learnt at the stations included; immunization and deworming your lamb, halter making, feeding and judging a market lamb.

After lunch the senior sheep members watched videos about how to train your sheep and showmanship.

Overall it was a fun day, the weather was great and all the sessions were informative and interesting.

A great big thanks to the Smiths for the use of their barn and animals, and all the parents for helping out with lunch and the stations.