NTU’s Veterinary Technician & Land Grant Programs Host Sixth Annual Sheep Conference

Veterinary Technician major Sandie Johnson of Farmington, NM discusses vaccinations for sheep at NTU’s Sixth Annual Sheep Conference and Workshop.

Published May 8, 2019 

CROWNPOINT, N.M. — On May 3, 2019, the Veterinary Technician and Land Grant programs at Navajo Technical University collaborated with Roswell Wool and the New Mexico Livestock Board to present the Sixth Annual Sheep Conference and Workshop. The event welcomed local and regional community members for information about proper sheep husbandry practices to improve health and management outcomes for livestock. Students and instructors provided presentations at the NTU Wellness Center as well as hands-on demonstrations at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

“The Land Grant staff at NTU was delighted to have participants from all over the Navajo Nation, even as far as Tuba City and Black Mesa,” said Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Land Grant Program Director Dr. Germaine Daye.“Everyone enjoyed the presentations and asked many questions of the presenters, students, and staff. Some of the participants were new producers and learned quite a bit about husbandry, herd health, and care of sheep.”

Students in NTU’s Associate of Applied Science degree program in Veterinary Technician display a sheep’s teeth to help determine age. The audience determined that the sheep was between 2-3 years old.

The morning presentations included information on topics such as corral management, parasites and treatment, and herd health, while Dr. Scott Bender of the University of Missouri discussed scrapie surveillance. In the afternoon, Dr. Bender also gave insight into reproduction, including flushing and breeding, and poisonous plants. Students Krystal Louis and Nicholette Sharp then gave a presentation on lambing, before a demonstration on hoof trimming and determining the age of sheep were held at the Veterinary Hospital by students Jeandria Mariano and Sandie Johnson.

“This was the first time I’ve been to one of these conferences, and I find it very useful for my small herd back home,” said Linda Wyaco of Tohatchi, NM. “I have 15 head of sheep and just began raising them 3 years ago and need to learn more about how to care for them. I’m glad I came here because learned a lot, especially about the different types of vaccinations for them.”

The Land Grant program at NTU provides several sheep-focused events throughout the year, including a ram lease program in the fall that helps sheep producers replenish their flocks. NTU’s Veterinary Technician program was accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2017 and is the only tribal college and university to hold the distinction. Accreditation under the AVMA represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education in the United States.

For more about the 6thAnnual Sheep Conference and Workshop or NTU’s Land Grant Office, please contact Dr. Germaine Daye at gdaye@navajotech.eduor by calling (505) 786-4150.

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