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Rice Lake — Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association Shepherds’ Clinic will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Conference Center of the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 1900 College Drive, Rice Lake.  The Shepherds” Clinic begins at 8:45 a.m. with a welcome followed by the keynote address at 9 a.m.  Registration opens at 8 a.m.
This annual workshop continues to be one of the largest educational events of the winter for sheep producers and 4-H & FFA youth in the upper Midwest.  The 2017 Shepherds’ Clinic has been expanded to include goats as well as sheep.  The program will focus on Profitability and Sustainability, Genetics and Reproduction, and Flock Health plus special breakout sessions for youth enrolled in 4-H and FFA livestock projects. 
The keynote speaker for the 2017 Shepherds’ Clinic is  Susan Schoenian, Sheep and Goat Specialist, at the Western Maryland Research & Education Center, University of Maryland Extension.   Schoenian is a nationally known expert specializing in profitable & sustainable sheep and goat production systems.
The Youth Sessions will feature Dr. Justin Luther, UW-River Falls discussing “Showmanship” and Cami Subra, sheep producer from Taylor, talking about “Feeding Lambs for Showing at the Fair.”  Maria Bendixon, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Marlin Subra, sheep producer from Taylor, and Tim Jergenson, UW-Extension-Barron County will provide presentations that focus on profitability and sustainability of sheep enterprises.  Heather Landin will discuss “Wool for Fun and Profit.”
A complete list of topics and registration information is available at the Indianhead Sheep Breeders Association (ISBA) website, https://indianheadsheep.wordpress.com/.  Registration forms can be downloaded from the ISBA website.
To register online,  visit  http://barron.uwex.edu/.  Click “2017 Shepherds’ Clinic and Tradeshow” to register.

The registration fee to attend the Shepherds’ Clinic is $45 per person for ISBA members and $50 per person for non-members.  Members of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Assn. receive a $5 discount off their registration fee.  4-H and FFA members pay only $15 per person for the Shepherds’ Clinic.  The registration fee covers the program costs, refreshments and the noon meal.

The registration deadline is February 1.  Late registrations cost an addition $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

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