Sheep farmers who are interested in learning how to optimize the birthing process with the added challenge of winter weather are invited to attend a clinic presented by MSU small ruminant specialist Dr. Richard Ehrhardt on Feb 13, 2010. The program will be repeated on Feb 20, 2010. The clinic will take place at Ehrhardt’s sheep farm located at 6280 Kinneville Rd., Eaton Rapids, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The discussion-based and hands-on program is designed for new or less experienced sheep producers, but anyone interested in improving their decisions marking and sheep husbandry skills is invited to participate. Program topics include assisting with the birth, caring for newborns, treating lambs for hypothermia and diagnosing mortality. Feed the ewe flock to optimize performance and well being, ultrasound scanning to diagnose pregnancy and count fetuses, scoring body condition and pre-lambing shearing will also be covered, as will grafting procedures and vaccination protocols. Enrollment is limited to 20 persons per session date so preregistration is required. The $25 registration fee includes proceeding and light refreshments and is due by Feb 8. To register or obtain additional information, call Carla McLachlan at 517-432-5402 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.