SHEEP – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  08/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are 8 lessons as follows: 1: Introduction: Terminology and Breeds • Factors affecting the choice of breed • Product and Market • Rearing and Management System • Overview of Sheep Breeds • Sheep Terminology 2: Selection and Breeding • Growth Rate • Reproductive Efficiency • Carcase quality • Wool traits • Culling old ewes • Selecting replacement ewes • Selecting replacement rams • Commercial Sheep Production • Choosing a lambing time • Autumn lambing • Spring lambing • Accelerated lambing • Managing ewes prior to mating • Using hormones to control reproduction • Joining methods • Anatomy of ewe reproductive organs • Anatomy of ram reproductive organs • Ultrasound • Signs of lambing 3: Nutrition of sheep • Anatomy • Condition scoring • When to condition score • Factors affecting feed requirements • Feeding rams • Feeding ewes • Feeding lambs and fatteners • Nutrition and wool production 4: Diseases in sheep • Viral and rickettsial diseases • Bacterial diseases • Metabolic diseases • Protozoan diseases • Poisoning • Vaccination • The medicine chest • Giving injections • Disease prevention through sound management 5: General management of commercial flocks • Handling and treatment facilities • Drenching • Injecting • Hoof Trimming • Shearing • Tail docking • Castration • Blowfly strike 6: Care of lamb • Abnormal Presentation • Presentation: One front leg back • Presentation: Both front legs back • Presentation: Hind legs first • Presentation: Head back, both front feet forward • Presentation: Breech or tail first • Presentation: Twin lambs presented together • Post lambing care • Drenching • Rearing orphan lambs • Lambing records • Managing the fattening lamb • Feeding • Lamb marking 7: Wool • Characteristics of wool • Types of wool • Wool classing • Wool processing • Factors influencing the estimation of yield • Piece Picking • Wool Scouring • Carding 8: The marketing of sheep and sheep products • Wool sales • Sale by private treaty • The auction system • Wool futures • Industry regulatory and marketing authorities • Lamb and mutton marketing: Paddock sale, Sale yard auction, Over-the-hook sale • Electronic Marketing, Live Sheep exports, Forward price contracts • Factors affecting the value of lamb or mutton: Carcass weight, Skin value, Payment basis (hot or cold weight) etc Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Agriculture/SHEEPBAG210-233.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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