Data Driven Decisions: Incorporating EID in Flock Management

July 12, 2022

This webinar was the second of a two-part series on using EID technology in the sheep industry. In this webinar, ASI Animal Health Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Jim Logan and Dr. Cindy Wolf, will host a presentation by Julie A. Finzel (Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension) followed by a producer panel discussion.


  • Welcome/information about the webinar – 5 mins
  • Presentation: Data Driven Decisions: Electronic ID Tags and Genetic Selection (30 mins)
    • Presenter – Julie Finzel (Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension) is based in Bakersfield, California and has been an extension Advisor with the University of California for 10 years. She is a second generation rancher and holds a Masters in Rangeland Ecology and Management.
  • Producer Panel: Incorporating EID into Flock Management (1 hour including questions from participants)
    • Elaine Palm – Elaine is a partner at Great Lakes Lamb LLC, her family’s farm in Michigan, where she and her two parents raise sheep for meat and for breeding stock, plus the crops and pasture that support the sheep flock. She and her husband Rick have goals to raise a new generation on the farm beginning in August with the anticipated arrival of their first baby. Like many farmers, Elaine and Rick have careers off the farm and spend many mornings, evenings, weekends and vacation days building the farm business.
    • Kristen Bieber – Kristen runs registered and commercial Targhee flocks with her husband, Cord, in Eastern Montana. They started using IED tags in the registered sheep to aid in collecting data for NSIP and then tagged all of the commercial sheep with EIDs to help in management decisions.
    • Ryan Mahoney – Ryan is President and CEO of Emigh Livestock, Inc, which traces its roots back to 1877 when the Emigh family first settled in the hills near Rio Vista California to farm and raise sheep

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the American Sheep Industry Association and a Cooperative Agreement from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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