Using Technology to Reach Producers
April 12, 2013

A recent series of educational workshops held online by Ohio State University (OSU) Extension experts geared toward sheep and goat farmers has drawn more than 1,300 views so far from farmers in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia, OSU Extension educator, Jeff McCutcheon, says. 
 
The 2013 Sheep and Goat WebEx Program Series was presented over four days at 18 sites statewide in February using a WebEx online format as part of an ongoing effort to reach as many producers as possible on issues relevant to growing and enhancing their operations. 
 
"The need is there for this kind of programing, and based on feedback that we've gotten thus far, the program is a success," McCutcheon said. "A majority of participants, 93 percent, said they gained knowledge from viewing the program; and 63 percent said they planned to make a change to their operation based on the information learned through the program." 
 
Topics for the series included: 
 
- Vaccination Programs for Sheep and Goat Operations; 
 
- Artificial Insemination Techniques of Sheep and Goats; 
 
- Managing Pastures and Hay Fields after a Drought; and 
 
- Use of EAZI-BREED CIDR for Sheep and Goat Operations. 
 
The series is sponsored by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA), OSU Extension and the OSU Sheep Team and can be viewed online at http://sheep.osu.edu/presentation-library/. Reprinted in part from www.limaohio.com