Wednesday, March 13, 2013

SW Missouri Sheep and Goat Fitting and Showmanship Clinic Scheduled for April 13 near Joplin

Contact: Dr. Jodie A. Pennington, region small ruminant educator
Tel: (417) 455-9500

The Southwest Missouri Sheep and Goat Fitting and Showmanship Clinic will be conducted on Saturday, April 13 at Double Down Arena, 5585 W. Belle Center Road (near junction of Hwy JJ or MO P), Joplin.

The clinic is a joint activity of Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and University of Missouri Extension.

Registration on Saturday, April 13 is from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. The program continues until 3 p.m.

“Top showmen from Missouri and Oklahoma will be assisting with the clinic. Both breeding and market animals will be discussed but emphasis will be placed on market animals,” said Dr. Jodie Pennington, small ruminant educator with Lincoln University Extension,

Youth should not bring their animals unless requested. Youth, adults, and leaders will be able to ask questions about hair sheep, wool sheep, meat goats, and dairy goats that will be available for viewing in fitted condition.

Topics at the clinic include: marketing, buying and selling your animals; selection of your animals; ethics and Show Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) program with SMUA certificates awarded; feeding and body condition scoring, acidosis, poisonous plants; diseases, including sore mouth and fungus; foot trimming and hoof care; vaccination and deworming; facilities and equipment; ask the vet—discussion; display and explanation of fitted breeding animals; fitting including clipping and shearing; getting ready for the show; showmanship; practice showmanship; and a demonstration of showmanship and behavior in the show ring with judge and youth exhibitors.

To register, or for more information, do one of the following: call Newton County Extension at (417) 455-9500, email, call Jasper Co Extension at (417) 358-2158 or email Pre-registration is $5 and registration is $10 at the door.


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