The University of Minnesota Extension Service will be hosting a free webinar on Sheep/Goat Proper Identification on Thursday March 18, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The webinar is especially for 4-Hers, farmers, and ag business that work with farmers and those interested in goats and sheep. The webinar will discuss the importance of proper record keeping and identification for goat and sheep producers. Below is a list of speakers and topics I received in a news release from Colleen Carlson Extension Educator in Carver and Scott Counties.

Dr. Stacey Schwabenlander, DVM, from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, will define scrapie, discuss the scrapie eradication program, and where and how to establish a  sheep/goat official identification.

Dr. Cindy Wolf, DVM, will discuss the traceability of animal disease and will demonstrate the use of the RFID ear tags with the Shearwell stick reader. In addition, Cindy will cover the economics and efficiency of technology utilization of record keeping for managing different size operations.

Dan Persons, sheep producer and US Sales and Support representative for Shearwell Data Ltd, will talk about how to go about finding a record keeping system that works for you and your operation. Where to start and how herd expansions will change your systems by using better technology. Dan will explain how to identify high/low performers in your herd and how to make replacement/culling decisions accordingly.

Because it is a webinar you do have to pre-register to receive the Zoom link to watch the webinar. You can also pre-register and if you cannot watch live you will receive an email with the recording of the program.