Illinois Lamb, Wool Producers to meet


Join the Illinois Lamb and Wool Producers for an informative program and annual meeting at 9 a.m. March 11 at the Illinois Department of Agriculture Building at the State Fairgrounds, 801 E Sangamon Ave., Springfield. Enter gate 11; building is on right and parking on left.

Registration costs $20 for adults, $10 for children and students. The registration fee includes lunch.

For more information contact Elton Mau at 309-825-5435 or or Jane Zeien at 815-544-9582 or


A pressing issue – vaginal prolapses in sheep


By Victoria Fisher BVMS MRCVS, Farm First Veterinary Services

Lambing time is fast approaching us, as are the problems associated with the pre-lambing period, including vaginal prolapses. These are a common condition of British sheep farms which occur when a ewe pushes her vagina out of her vulva. A vaginal prolapse appears as a smooth, red mass varying in size from a tennis ball to a melon. On examination, the cervix can also be found as a small opening, as illustrated in Figure one below.