Webinars

21. Lamb Meat Quality
Date: April 25, 2017
Presenter: Travis Hoffman, Ph.D., Extension Sheep Specialist, Department of Animal Science, North Dakota State University/University of Minnesota
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Description: As consumers continually want to know more about where their food comes from, it is the responsibility of American sheep producers to meet production goals and capitalize on the American Lamb brand. Dr. Hoffman authored the Lamb Quality chapter of the 8th Edition Sheep Production Handbook and focused his Ph.D. research on the 2015 National Lamb Quality Audit. His passion for understanding the production decisions that impact lamb quality, and inevitably striving for production of the highest quality lamb and superior consumer satisfaction will be highlighted in the webinar.
View Now

20. Is Sheep Milk Production in Your Future?
Date: March 14, 2017
Presenter: Dr. David L. Thomas, Professor of Sheep Management and Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Description: The U.S. is the leading importer of sheep milk cheeses in the world with over half of all world trade in sheep milk cheeses coming to the U.S. Some common imported 100% sheep milk cheeses are Manchego from Spain, Pecorino-Romano from Italy, and Roquefort from France. Therefore, it would seem that there is ample opportunity for the development of a dairy sheep industry in the U.S. for the production of domestic cheeses to compete with this large influx of imported sheep milk cheeses. However, nothing is ever as simple as it looks. This webinar will discuss the things that are necessary to produce sheep milk efficiently (e.g., breeds, selection, nutrition, management) and some of the major constraints to a successful dairy sheep industry (e.g., unstable sheep milk market, small size of the industry and producer isolation, lack of a national genetic improvement program). Some examples of producer successes in the industry will also be presented.
View Now

19.  Improving reproductive performance of ewe lambs bred at 8 months of age
Date: October 11, 2016
Presenter: Paul Kenyon, Ph.D., Head of Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Sheep Husbandry, Massey University, New Zealand
Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Description:  Ewe lamb breeding is a tool for farmers to use to increase production levels and efficiency. However, many in the industry either do not utilize this management option or have tried and failed. We undertook a multiple year scientific program to identify; i) optimal nutritional management prior to breeding and in pregnancy and lactation, ii) optimal management of the ram to maximize reproductive results, iii) management of the young dam in late pregnancy and in lactation to maximize the survival of the lamb(s), iv) live weight and body condition score targets, v) management strategies to maximize the chance that lifetime productivity is increased by breeding her at a young age and, vi) examine the productivity of offspring born to ewe lambs. We have now put together a management package with clear guidelines which identifies how to manage these young dams effectively. I will discuss this and briefly outline the current state of the New Zealand sheep industry and where we see it heading.
View Now

18.  Best Practices to Increase Your Lamb Crop
Date: August 30, 2016
Presenter: Reid Redden, Ph.D., Sheep and Goat Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Description:  The American sheep industry produces a 110 percent lamb crop annually. This level of production provides less than half of the American demand for lamb. Because the majority of revenue from sheep operations are based on the sale of lamb, an increase in lamb crop should improve the profitability of individual sheep producers and the industry as a whole. However, improvements in flock lamb crop is a challenging goal to accomplish and producers must implement numerous best management practices to attain higher lamb crops. To assist the industry make improvements in national lamb crop, a reproductive efficiency task force has develop a factsheet that outlines 12 best management practices to increase flock lamb crop. American sheep farmers and ranchers are all unique and require different types of management based on resources, environment, labor, and other factors. However, most all sheep operations in the US should be able to implement a few of the 12 recommended best management practices and attain a higher lamb crop in the future.
View Now

17.  Refining our nutrition program to meet the mineral and vitamin needs of our sheep flocks
Date: July 19, 2016
Presenter:Dr. Dan Morrical, Professor of Animal Science, Iowa State University
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Description:  Minerals and Vitamins are not required in very large amounts but inadequate or imbalances of these nutrients can create quite a problem in our flocks. Excess copper is probably the primary toxicity we see in sheep flocks. Increased molybdenum and sulfur can both reduce copper absorption and is an example how minerals interact to impact our sheep. This program is aimed at helping producers understand the current problems that happen when sheep are not appropriately supplemented. Additionally, we will focus on reviewing mineral tags and understanding what it says and how it needs to be fed. The last portion of the presentation will focus on how to make modifications to existing diets to improve the production in our flocks. This webinar is being presented as a follow up to the excellent program given in 2015 by Dr. Robert Van Saun, Dietary Supplements: A Necessity or Folly. That webinar is still available at Dietary Supplements Webinar.
View Now

16.  A journey: the opportunities and challenges of melding genomics into U.S. sheep breeding programs
Date: May 24, 2016
Presenter:Dr. Ron Lewis, Department of Animal Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Description:  The efficiency of lamb and wool production has increased substantially worldwide by applying traditional quantitative genetic principles in sheep breeding programs. Accelerating those gains depends on melding state-of-the-art technologies in animal genomics with quantitative genetics approaches to more accurately identify high merit animals. The aim of this webinar will be to demystify these technologies.
View Now

15.  Producer Groups: What Are These About, How Do They Work, And Why Can They Be So Successful?
Date: March 29, 2016
Presenters:Dr. Woody Lane, Livestock Nutritionist & Forage Specialist, Lane Livestock Services, Roseburg, Oregon; Dave Ollila, Extension Sheep Field Specialist, South Dakota State University, Rapid City, South Dakota
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Description:  This webinar will focus on the nuts and bolts of producer groups. We will discuss how groups are organized, what they do, how shepherds benefit from being members, how groups can be financed, and the critical role of the facilitator.
View Now

14.  Dietary Supplements
Date: September 22, 2015
Presenter:Dr. Robert Van Saun, Professor of Veterinary Science, Penn State University
Time: 1 hour 19 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Description:  This webinar will look more closely at forages in determining if they can meet essential nutrient requirements of sheep at different productive stages.
View Now

13.  EBVs
Date: August 25, 2015
Presenter:   Dr. Dave Notter, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences,  Virginia Tech
Time : 1 hour 20 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Description:  This webinar will address strategies to use EBVs to achieve breeding goals and manage genetic change in your flock.
View Now

12.  Nutritional Management
Date: June 23, 2015
Presenter:   Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D.  Sheep and Goat Extension Specialist,  Michigan State University
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.
View Now

11.  Farm Security
Date: April 13, 2015
Kay Johnson Smith,  President and CEO,  Animal Agriculture Alliance
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
View Now

10.  Accelerated Lamb Production
Date: September 23, 2014
Presenter:   Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D.  Small Ruminant Extension Specialist,  Michigan State University
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.
View Now

9.    Sheep Nutrition
Date: August 26, 2014
Presenter:   Dr. Dan Morrical,  Sheep Extension Specialist,  Iowa State University
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.
View Now

8.    Management Intensive Grazing (MIG)
Date: April 22, 2014
Presenter:   Dr. Woody Lane,  Livestock Nutritionist & Forage Specialist,  Lane Livestock Services,  Roseburg, Oregon
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.
View Now

7.    Genetic Selection
Date: December 17, 2013
Presenter:   Dr. Reid Redden,  Extension Sheep Specialist and NSIP Chairman,  North Dakota State University
Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, Colorado State University & Optimal Ag
The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) is a nonprofit organization created to develop genetic predictors for production traits relevant to the US sheep and goat industries.
View Now

6.    Reducing Labor at Lambing Time
Date: October 8, 2013
Presenters:   Philip Berg & Mike Caskey,  Pipestone Lamb & Wool Program Instructors,  Minnesota West Community & Technical College
Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, Colorado State University & Optimal Ag
Our discussion will identify keys to reducing labor at lambing.
View Now

5.    Feeding for Fiber Production
Date: September 10 2013
Presenter:   Nancy A Irlbeck, PhD,  Associate Dean of Academic Affairs,  College of Agricultural Sciences,  Colorado State University
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, Colorado State University & Optimal Ag
Grazing sheep on green pastures amid the daisies in the sunshine.
View Now

4.    Parasite Management in Sheep
Date: August 27, 2013
Presenters:   Dr. Will Getz, Professor of Animal Science, Extension Specialist;  Dr. Thomas H. Terrill, Assistant Professor of Animal Science,  Fort Valley State University
Time 1 hour 28 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, Colorado State University & Optimal Ag
We will discuss the current state of thinking on best management practices for control of internal parasites in sheep.
View Now

3.    Parasite Management Future
Date: December 11, 2012
Presenter: Dr. Scott Bowdridge, West Virginia University
Time 1 hour 22 minutes
Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, Colorado State University & Optimal Ag
Many producers have experienced loss in the form of reduced growth and often death as a result of parasitism within their flock.
View Now

2.    Mentoring
Date: November 13, 2012
Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Jay Parsons,  Colorado State University & Optimal Ag Consulting
With Special Guests:   Skye Krebs (Oregon), Eric Harlow (Oregon), Jennifer Tucker (Colorado), and Cody Halligan (Nebraska)
Mentoring is a partnership in two-way learning.
View Now

1.    Feeding During Breeding & Preganancy
Date: August 28, 2012
Presenters: Dr. Rodney Kott and Dr. Lisa Surber,  Montana State University
Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Proper feeding of ewes has a direct affect on production and represents one of the largest input costs of a producer.
View Now