Extension offering workshop for female livestock producers

HOWARD COUNTY — University of Missouri Extension Livestock/ County Program Director, Wendy Rapp, is offering workshops for female livestock producers in late January and February.  On January 31, ladies might be interested in coming to a “women's only” calving clinic in Boonville at the Missouri Livestock Commission (the Boonville sale barn) or on February 5 in Carrollton at the Carroll County Fairgrounds, both start at 7:00 pm.   These two calving clinics are specifically for women, and will feature Dr. Dawna Voelkl, assistant professor at MU's College of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Pam Fry, a resident veterinarian specializing in food animal medicine and surgery at MU.  Both Dr. Voelkl and Dr. Fry will bring practical knowledge of the livestock birthing process for women interested in learning what signs to look for when something is wrong, when is the right time to call a veterinarian for help, how to care for the mother and the newborn after a difficult birth, what supplies need to be on hand and how ladies should prepare themselves before something happens.  This clinic is not just for cattle producers, but for anyone that has livestock (horses, small ruminants and other domesticated livestock) or is thinking about getting livestock.  Both veterinarians, understand limitations women might feel they have during this time of year and are ready to answer any questions women might have.  The clinic was specifically designed to give women the opportunity to learn at their own pace.  The registration fee is $15 per person, girls under 18, are $5. For more information or to register, call MU Extension in Howard County at 660-248-2272 or go to http://extension.missouri.edu/howard/