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Published April 30, 2010, 12:00 AM

NDSU slates performance ram test in Hettinger

Sheep producers should plan to participate in the 2010 Performance Ram Test at the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

Sheep producers should plan to participate in the 2010 Performance Ram Test at the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center.

“The purpose of the test is to compare growth and carcass traits among ram lambs raised under a similar environment,” says Christopher Schauer, HREC director and animal scientist. “Consignors will be given information on average daily gain, rib-eye area and fat thickness data for each ram.”

The 70-day testing period begins May 20 and concludes July 29. To be eligible, rams must have been born between Jan. 15 and March 1, 2010. The entry fee for each ram is $100, and consignors must be members of the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association.

During the test, updates on ram performance will be posted on the Hettinger REC’s Web site (www.ag.ndsu.edu/HettingerREC) every 28 days. At the end of the testing period, finalized data and rankings will be sent to all consignors.

Rams can be delivered to the testing facility at the HREC from May 10 through May 18.

An award will be given to the No.1 indexing ram in each breed. Rams placing in approximately the top two-thirds of each breed will be considered performance ram test certified. Producers will be able to consign these animals to the Eastern North Dakota or Hettinger Ram Sale.

The consignor and HREC agreements, entry form and NLWPA membership form are available for downloading at www.ag.ndsu.edu/

HettingerREC/ram-test.

NDSU Extension Service

offers food safety course

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is offering a course for food safety and kitchen managers, supervisors and anyone else who is responsible for serving safe food to the public.

The two-part food protection Manager Certification course will be May 19 and 26 in the Klefstad Room of the NDSU Alumni Center, 1241 N. University Drive, Fargo. The program is from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days, with check-in beginning at 8 a.m. Participants must attend both sessions to be certified.

This course is designed to help food establishments develop a food safety plan or update their plan with the latest information.

Having managers and supervisors with food safety certification can help establishments protect against the expense of a foodborne illness outbreak and provide their customers with consistently safe, high-quality food, said Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist, who teaches the course.

The $135 course fee includes the course book, certification test and snack.

The number of participants will be limited, so people who want to take the course should sign up soon, Garden-Robinson says. The registration deadline is May 1. For a registration form, go to: www.ag.ndsu.edu/foodmenu/ServSafeClass.htm.

For more information, call (701) 231-8592 or (701) 231-7187.

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