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Hair sheep production to be featured at field day

Posted on 8/7/2018

Management, marketing and genetics of Dorper hair sheep will be the focus of a field day scheduled for Sept. 6 at NDSU's Dickinson Research Extension Center ranch headquarters, located southwest of Manning, North Dakota.

The event is set to begin at 9 a.m.

"Hair sheep are a significantly growing segment of the U.S. sheep industry, and the field day will allow producers to get to know the opportunities that exist," said Kris Ringwall, center director.

Part of the field day will be on management of cattle and hair sheep in similar environments. The center's hair sheep herd involves Dorper and Royal White breeds. Center staff also have had experience with Katahdin hair sheep.

Other field day topics include the value of lamb meat, the genetics of hair sheep and preparing grass-fed lamb meat.

Presenters include Garry and Wanda Ottmar, center ranch manager and research specialist, respectively; Travis Hoffman, NDSU assistant professor and Extension sheep specialist; Lauren Hulsman Hanna, NDSU assistant professor for genetic improvement of livestock; Kortni Ringwall, executive chef from Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Kris Ringwall, who also is an NDSU Extension beef specialist.

For more information, contact the center at 701-456-1100.

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