North Dakota State University (NDSU) is hosting a sheep scanning education and certification school on Aug. 23-24. The purpose of this class is to increase the number of trained ultrasound technicians available to the industry to measure loin-eye and fat depth. Collecting these measurements via ultrasonic technologies is a tool that can predict carcass merit.
Participants will be provided with educational materials on sheep scanning and will be shown methods to collect loin-eye area, loin-eye depth, back fat and body wall thickness. Thereafter, participants will have the opportunity to test their skills to become certified to collect ultrasound data that can be submitted to the National Sheep Improvement Program.
The program will be held at the NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center (HREC) and is limited to 20 students. Applicants will need to bring their own ultrasound unit and pay a $200 registration fee.
Interested applicants should contact Chris Schauer, HREC director/animal scientist, at 701-567-4323, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Reid Redden, NDSU sheep specialist at 701-231-5597, email@example.com.