Rare, Centuries-Old New Mexico Sheep Breed Back From The Brink

A nearly extinct breed of sheep brought over in the mid-1500s by the Spanish is getting a new life in New Mexico. One breeder is bringing the exceedingly rare New Mexico Dahl sheep back from the brink of extinction.

Don Chavez, a rancher near  Albuquerque, New Mexico has a mission unlike most sheep ranchers.

Read the full story at ModernFarmer.com.

Webinar Jun 23, 2015: Optimizing Reproductive Efficiency in Sheep Production with Strategic Nutritional Management

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Optimizing Reproductive Efficiency in Sheep Production with Strategic Nutritional Management

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

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 1 hour 21 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska

Description:

The number of lambs produced per ewe per year is a fundamental productivity and profitability benchmark in sheep production regardless of production system. Nutritional management has a huge impact on reproductive efficiency at many levels including the onset of puberty in ewe lambs, ovulation rate, and out of season breeding success. This seminar will discuss feeding programs and better define nutritional targets to improve these reproductive outcomes. Consideration will also be given to practical and feasible ways of improving these outcomes in different production systems.

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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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.

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.