Public invited to observe spring lambing at OSU sheep center

February 21, 2006


OSU sheep center
CORVALLIS, Ore. - New lambs will begin arriving at Oregon State University's Sheep Center early next month and the public is invited to view this annual rite of spring.

More than 180 Polypay and Suffolk ewes are expected to give birth to several hundred lambs in the barn, located at 7565 N.W. Oak Creek Dr. in Corvallis, said Thomas Nichols, sheep center manager.

Each year, the sheep center draws thousands of school children and other visitors. Lambing tours will start on March 6 and run through March 25. The public can view the ewes and lambs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and weekends. The barn will be closed for academic activities March 10 and 17.

Small groups may go on self-guided tours. Groups of more than 12 visitors should first arrange an appointment by calling Helen Chesbrough at 541-737-4854, or by sending an e-mail to her at: helen.chesbrough@oregonstate.edu.

To reach the center from downtown Corvallis, go west on Harrison Boulevard to the 53rd Street intersection. Continue west through the intersection on N.W. Oak Creek Road. A sign 1.8 miles from the intersection marks the road to the center. The one-lane road has turnouts to yield to oncoming traffic.

The ewes and lambs are part of ongoing research studies in animal health, breeding, feeding and grazing management conducted by the OSU Agricultural Experiment Station. The animals are also used in instructional programs in the OSU Animal Sciences Department and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

People interested in purchasing orphan or "bummer" lambs can call 541-737-2903 and leave a message.

Author: Bob Rost
Source: Thomas Nichols