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Utah sheep producers interested in improving their operations are invited to participate in an hourlong state educational broadcast Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

The Utah State University Extension broadcast, to be transmitted over the state's microwave system, EDNET, focuses on health and management practices in the sheep industry, said Nyle Matthews, USU Extension area livestock specialist.Matthews will talk about management alternatives to become more efficient producers. Other presentations include ways to control sheep lice, by Clell Bagley, USU Extension veterinarian, and the value of public land grazing to the economy of rural Utah, by E. Bruce Godfrey, USU Extension economic farm management specialist.

"Those in the sheep industry will be given valuable information to help them improve their operations," Matthews said. "For example, sheep lice is a new problem to Utah. We haven't seen lice on sheep for years and years."

He said the past year there has been an outbreak of sheep lice in the central Utah area. Bagley will focus on what is causing the outbreak and talk about what can be done to help control it.

The program will be conducted by Matthews from the Sevier Valley Applied Technology Center in Richfield and broadcast to 10 sites statewide. The interactive broadcast, free to the public, allows for one-on-one questioning among participants.

The broadcast locations include Southern Utah University in Cedar City; Uintah High School in Vernal; Uintah Basin Applied Technology Center in Roosevelt; Snow College in Ephraim; Wasatch High School in Heber; Utah Valley Community College in Orem; Weber State University in Ogden; Manila High School in Manila; Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City; and Utah State University in Logan.

For more information regarding the program contact your county USU Extension agent.