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Lambing and Kidding 101: New Farm Workshops at Heather Ridge Farm

Written By Editor on 1/3/17 | 1/3/17

Preston Hollow, NY    If you are new to keeping sheep or goats, come take workshops on a working farm with an experienced farmer on the basics of breeding and birthing. Carol Clement will lead two workshops for beginners on lambing and kidding at Heather Ridge Farm. If you are a new farmer or a wannabe, this is for you. Members of 4-H and FFA are welcome.

   Workshop One, Jan. 21, 11am to 3pm, covers from breeding to gestation, care of the pregnant ewe or doe, nutrition, parasites, and getting your birthing supplies organized. You will see farm’s animal quarters set-up for breeding groups and gestation, and meet the sheep, goats and guard animals. Please reserve by Jan .13.

   Workshop Two, Feb. 4, 11am to 3pm, covers the period just before birth, birthing, troubleshooting labor problems, supplies needed, and newborn care. Workshop participants will be invited back to the farm during the birthing period to see the newborns and their care.

   Each workshop costs $40 adult, $20 for 18 and under, and includes lunch and materials. (An adult & child together can pay a reduced combination rate of $50). Please call Carol at 239-6234 to reserve a spot. Heather Ridge Farm is located at 989 Broome Center Road, Preston Hollow, NY 12469. www.heather-ridge-farm.com
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