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A new online course, “Improve Your Sheep Nutrition Management Skills”, has been developed by Dr. Paul Luimes, researcher at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. This general-interest course was developed with support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs (OMAF and MRA), and the Agricultural Management Institute (AMI).

Strong demand for lamb in Canada has increased interest in sheep farming.  “It is important that with the rising cost of feed, shepherds having a better understanding of nutrition to help better manage costs and optimize production,” says Dr. Luimes. This course will provide new and existing producers with a foundation of knowledge in sheep nutrition, giving them the basic tools to be able to optimize the balance between feed, meat quality and profitability.  Linking nutrition with the cost of production, producers will be made more aware of the relationship between nutrition, management and profitability.

This online course will allow each individual to work through the course material at their own pace, from any computer with internet access, at a time convenient to their schedule.  Topics covered in the course include:
§        Feed Types
§        Nutrients
§        Digestive Physiology
§        Nutrient Requirements
§        Ration Formulation
§        Feed Management

Course registration opens May 1, 2013. For more information about the “Improve your Sheep Nutrition Management Skills” course or to register online visit: http://www.ridgetownc.com/bdt/ce_sheep.cfm

For further information on this program please contact:
Dezarae Kemp, Business Development Centre
University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
519-675-1500 ext. 63295      email:  dmalott@uoguelph.ca

This project is funded in part through the Agricultural Management Institute (AMI). The AMI is part of the Best Practices Suite of programs for Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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