Get Certified to Scan Sheep

Get Certified to Scan Sheep

Livestock producers have struggled through the years to measure the carcass merit of live animals quantitatively to select for superior genetics. Collecting loin-eye and fat-depth measurements via ultrasonic technologies is an accurate tool to predict carcass merit. However, it has not become widely accepted in the sheep industry. Consequently, not enough trained technicians are available to collect this information for seedstock producers.

North Dakota State University – through sponsorship by the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center – is hosting four sheep scanning educational and certification schools throughout the country to increase the number of trained technicians available to sheep producers. Participants will receive educational material on sheep scanning and be shown methods of collecting loin-eye area, loin-eye depth, back fat and body wall thickness. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their skills to become certified to collect ultrasound data that can be submitted to the National Sheep Improvement Program.

Additional information and registration forms will be available through www.nsip.org, www.ag.ndsu.edu/hettingerrec and the four host institutions.

Tentative dates and locations are as follows:
• April 10-12: San Angelo, Texas. Contact Reid Redden at reid.redden@ag.tamu.edu for registration information.
• April 17-18: Fargo, N.D. Contact Travis Hoffman at travis.w.hoffman@ndsu.edu for registration information.
• June 11-12: Arlington, Wis. Contact Todd Taylor at toddtaylor@wisc.edu for registration information.
• July 30-Aug. 1: Moscow, Idaho. Contact Michael Colle at mjcolle@uidaho.edu or Brenda Murdoch at bmurdoch@uidaho.edu for registration information.