The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold an ultrasound certification school May 4-5. The event will be held at the Hamilton Sheep Station, 2165 County Road 519, Evant.
The cost is $200 for individuals wanting to become certified to scan sheep for the National Sheep Improvement Program, NSIP, or $100 for individuals wanting to solely participate in the educational portion of the program.
Space is limited and participants need to register immediately by contacting Bruce Boyd, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Hamilton County, at 254-386-391 or Bruce.Boyd@ag.tamu.edu.
“This webinar will provide sheep producers, commercial and seedstock, with a general understanding of how ultrasound technology works and how to best implement it within the Texas sheep industry,” said Reid Redden, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension sheep and goat specialist and director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service Center at San Angelo. “Ultrasound is a proven technology to improve quality and consistency of carcass traits in sheep that has been underutilized in Texas.”
Ultrasound school schedule
Activities on May 4 will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. followed by a two-hour overview of ultrasound to measure carcass traits. Lunch will be provided and followed with three hours of practice scanning. The day will conclude with a field trip to Capra Foods in Goldthwaite for dinner and carcass viewing.
On May 5, the NSIP certification will run from 8 a.m.-noon. At time of registration, participants should let Boyd know if they’ll be bringing their own ultrasound unit with probe.