North Country Shepherds meet Sept. 28 in Canton
Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:28 am

CANTON -- North Country Shepherds, a group of sheep and goat farmers from several northern New York counties, will meet Tuesday, Sept. 28 to discuss artificial insemination.

Group convener Betsy Hodge, Small Ruminant Livestock Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, say the meeting, at 7 p.m. at Cooperative Extension’s Learning Farm on Rt. 68, is in response to livestock producers’ interest in using AI to improve their breeding stock.

“Local producers are especially interested to learn about using artificial insemination to provide good genetics to help improve their flocks in the northern New York region,” Hodge says. “The ram we are currently using at the Extension Learning Farm is a high quality sire from Ireland, thanks to AI.”

The meeting is intended to help producers compare ways of using AI and how North Country shepherds might coordinate efforts.

The meeting is free. For more information, contact Hodge at 379-9192.