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Modern Sheep Production Practices on Agenda at First-Ever Workshop

LAS CRUCES -- Sheep ranchers in northern New Mexico can learn modern techniques in breeding, nutrition and wool evaluation July 7 at the first-ever Sheep Production Workshop in Gallup.

The workshop, hosted by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, also will include sessions about overall flock health. "Sheep production is a large part of our agricultural community in this part of the state," said Phil Wright, Extension program director in McKinley County. "This will be an excellent opportunity for local producers to learn the latest methods and improve their flocks."

The idea for the workshop stemmed from discussions between Wright and Clay Mathis, NMSU Extension livestock specialist. "We saw a need for training in this area and we hope the workshop will address that need," Wright said. Mathis will present most of the sessions at the workshop including selecting quality rams and preparing wool for market.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. July 7 at the Wingate High School auditorium in Gallup. The program begins at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Wright at (505) 863-3432.