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Lake View Leicesters Hosts Vermont 4-H Lambing Clinic

Several 4-H sheep club members attended the 2014 4-H Lambing Clinic, March 29 at the Lake View Leicesters Farm in Orwell. Back Row (left to right): Will Cousineau, Orwell; Hannah Cleveland, Charlotte, Caroline Hobbs, Hinesburg; Matthew Rivait, Addison; Bekah Parent, Orwell, Siri Swanson, Orwell; Claudia Cousineau, Orwell; Megan Watrous, (instructor) Orwell. Front Row (left to right): Adrianne Carr, Orwell; Corinna Hobbs, Hinesburg; Jarrod Bushey, Addison; Riley Ochs, Orwell; Robert Bushey, Addison; Gabrielle Ochs, Orwell; Colleen Bernier, Orwell; Willa Shakeshaft, Putnam Station, N.Y.; Alysha Chesser, Shewsbury (photo credit: Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension)

Orwell--Sixteen Vermont 4-H club members participated in the 2014 4-H Lambing Clinic, March 29, in Orwell.

The event was hosted by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and Lake View Leicesters, which is owned and operated by Glen and Christa Cousineau. Megan Watrous, a former 4-H'er and current leader of the Ewe and Me Sheep Peeps in Orwell, taught the clinic, sharing her knowledge with the group to help them with their own flocks as well as provide new members with the basics to care for sheep.

The 4-H'ers learned about lambing preparation, lamb care and what to do when lambing problems and sick lambs occur. After the barn session, some of the participants took part in an informal session at the house where they had the opportunity to ask questions and talk about their experiences raising sheep.

Participants included, by county:

  • ADDISON: Colleen Bernier, Adrianne Carr, Claudia Cousineau, Will Cousineau, Gabrielle Ochs, Riley Ochs, Bekah Parent and Siri Swanson, all of Orwell; Jarrod Bushey, Robert Bushey and Matthew Rivait, all of Addison; Willa Shakeshaft, Putnam Station, N.Y. (member of an Addison County 4-H club)
  • CHITTENDEN: Hannah Cleveland, Charlotte; Caroline Hobbs and Corinna Hobbs, Hinesburg
  • RUTLAND: Alysha Chesser, Shewsbury

To learn more about the 4-H sheep project and other 4-H sheep events, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or (800) 571-0668, ext. 2, or by e-mail at