Purdue Sheep and Goat Conference May 15-16, 2015

Purdue Extension will be offering the Southern Regional Sheep and Goat Conference in Scottsburg, Indiana on May 15-16, 2015. The May 15 program runs from 5-8 pm at Scottsburg High School and will be focused on training how to use the FAMACHA parasite diagnostic test. Participants who complete the training will be FAMACHA-certified. The May 16 program runs from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Scott County Fairgrounds and will feature speakers covering a variety of animal health and production topics.

To learn more about the program go to https://extension.purdue.edu/Pages/article.aspx?intItemID=9907.

The registration deadline is May 8, 2015.

Webinar April 13, 2015: Farm Security and Crisis Management: Dos and Don’ts in Hiring

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Farm Security and Crisis Management: Dos and Don’ts in Hiring

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Presenter:
Kay Johnson Smith
President and CEO
Animal Agriculture Alliance

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska

Description:

Undercover videos by activist groups targeting modern farming and ranching have increased in the past decade, and have been driving factors for many companies to set or change policies for their suppliers about farm animal care; some have even terminated contracts with farmers over concern for their brand. These campaigns have also driven a great deal of legislation, negatively impacting the farm community. Learn more about what you can do to protect your farm, your animals and your business, and how to proactively plan for a potential crisis.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the American Sheep Industry Association and the Rebuild the Sheep Inventory Committee.

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Reinsurance Year- Livestock Risk Protection Lamb (LRP-Lamb): Plan of Insurance Documents Release

RightRisk News Release: March 10, 2015

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors recently approved a number of program changes to the LRP-Lamb plan of insurance.

LRP-Lamb is targeted to have sales resume in May 2015. . .

To read more point your browser tohttp://RightRisk.org/news

 

Webinar September 23, 2014: Accelerated Lamb Production

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Accelerated lamb production: an opportunity to build markets and increase production efficiency

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Presenter:
Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D.
Small Ruminant Extension Specialist
Michigan State University

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 1 hour 24 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska

Description:

Accelerated lamb production is a system of management that allows a ewe to give birth more than once per year and in doing so, creates a year round supply of market ready lambs. Creation of a steady, year round supply of lambs is key to building new lamb markets and strengthening existing ones. By increasing reproductive efficiency (number of lambs produced per ewe per year), accelerated production also has the potential to decrease the cost of lamb production. This seminar will cover the basics of accelerated production, indicate resources required for success, identify constraints to successful adoption and provide management strategies to overcome these constraints.

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the American Sheep Industry Association and the Rebuild the Sheep Inventory Committee.

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Webinar August 26, 2014: Understanding Sheep Nutrition

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Understanding Sheep Nutrition

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Presenter:
Dan Morrical, PhD
Sheep Extension Specialist
Iowa State University

Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska & Optimal Ag

Description:

This webinar will focus on key nutrients that sheep need in their rations. I will cover protein, energy, minerals and vitamins, sampling feeds and software available to do the calculations. Some of it will include reading feed tags to know what is in the ration. I will also spend time explaining terminology like dry matter basis and as fed basis, parts per million and milligrams per kilogram. Feed costs are the single largest cost of production and understanding nutrient requirements and meeting them economical is critical to profitable sheep production.

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the American Sheep Industry Association and the Rebuild the Sheep Inventory Committee.

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USDA Announces Two New Programs to Assist the Sheep Industry

July 28, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today two new programs to assist the sheep industry with the production and marketing of their products in the United States.

Through the new Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program, approximately $1.5 million in grant funds are now available to assist the sheep industry. Additionally, AMS’ existing verification program for small-scale livestock producers will now include opportunities for the grass-fed sheep industry.  The Prairie Star (7/28/14)

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Sheep Mentoring Guidelines

Mentoring is an invaluable way to transfer knowledge from the established to the new in any industry. In recognition of this fact, the American Sheep Industry Association has established a mentor/intern network on a state-by-state basis across the nation in an effort to attract and support new producers.  As a part of this effort, I published a Mentoring Guidelines document to support new sheep producers coming into the industry and experienced producers trying to help them be successful.  These mentoring guidelines are designed to provide a resource for new and experienced producers alike, guiding them in their relationship and highlighting the impact that strong mentoring relationships can have on successful personal and professional development. I encourage you to make use of these guidelines as you build and maintain strong relationships within the sheep industry.

Link to full document:  Sheep Mentoring Guidelines

 

Canadian lamb markets growing

Lamb producers in Canada will begin selling finished lambs to the Canadian Lamb Producers Cooperative this spring. At the same time, the co-operative, which will have offices in Guelph and Saskatoon, is launching its marketing arm, the Canadian Lamb Company.

The goal is to build its brand to meet a growing demand for Canadian lamb in Canada and abroad.

Read more at Farm Credit Canada.

Webinar Apr 22, 2014: Managing Your Pastures Better: Management Intensive Grazing 101

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Managing Your Pastures Better: Management Intensive Grazing 101

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Presenter:
Dr. Woody Lane
Livestock Nutritionist & Forage Specialist
Lane Livestock Services
Roseburg, Oregon

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, Colorado State University & Optimal Ag Consulting

Description:

Sheep are magnificent animals that evolved to eat grass. A sheep’s rumen allows it to thrive on high-fiber forage and effectively convert sunlight and atmospheric nitrogen (nitrogen “fixed” into forage protein by legumes like clovers and alfalfa) into valuable human products like meat and wool and milk. But how can shepherds use sheep to harvest this forage in a profitable and sustainable way?

By grazing. But good grazing is not just opening the gate and putting sheep into a pasture. Good grazing requires knowledge and good technique. In this Webinar we will discuss how to do this. We will review how forages grow and how to use sheep to manage your forage in a sustainable and efficient way. We will cover the principles of Management Intensive Grazing (MIG). This is not just rotating sheep through small paddocks. MIG is a way of understanding forage growth, relating the amount of pasture to animal requirements, allocating feed, and using sheep to manage forage efficiently and effectively. By properly managing our forages, we can reduce our feed costs, improve pastures, reduce weeds, reduce our break-even price, and increase the chances of turning a profit.

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the American Sheep Industry Association and the Rebuild the Sheep Inventory Committee.

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Animal Disease Traceability Update

A meeting of the Colorado Animal ID Advisory Group was held on December 13, 2013 in Arvada for the purpose of reviewing the USDA Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program final rule published on January 9, 2013.  It is important for sheep producers to realize that the ADT program applies only to interstate movement and that the requirement to move sheep and goats interstate remain the same as the current scrapie regulations for interstate movement.

While the impact of the ADT program on the way of doing business in the sheep industry will be negligible in the near future, producers will notice an increase in ADT program activity related to other livestock species, especially cattle over 18 months of age.  At present, the emphasis is on education not enforcement.  Producers may be interested to read about the latest updates on the ADT program at the traceability website http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability.  Of particular interest will be the latest documents which can be accessed by clicking the Materials link on the menu at the top of the page.

The following factsheets may be of particular interest to U.S. sheep and livestock producers.

Animal Disease Traceability: A Guide to Identifying Sheep and Goats for Interstate Movement

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/downloads/rule_movement_sheep.pdf

Summary of Traceability Requirements by Species

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/downloads/ADT_summary_species.pdf