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Introduction to livestock production, using flock records to set goals and make selection decisions, milking sheep production, shearing sheep and accelerated lamb production. Tips on farm biosecurity, pricing meat and increasing lamb consumption.
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Products of sheep and goat operations can range from breeding stock to junior market animals to wool to meat. Photo: Melanie Barkley and American Lamb Board
So You Want to Raise Sheep or Goats? - Articles Articles
There are a number of management skills that each sheep or goat producer should have to be successful. More
A marketing plan can include information on flock genetics to position the farm for breeding stock sales.
Do You Have a Plan for Marketing Your Lambs? - Articles Articles

Do You Have a Plan for Marketing Your Lambs?

乐动体育注册 Melanie Barkley

Developing a marketing plan, and sticking to it, will help you succeed in the sheep business. More
Understanding when to market lambs can lead to higher prices.
Profitable Lamb and Wool Marketing - Workshops Workshops
There are many options for marketing sheep, lambs, wool, and goats in Pennsylvania. This ranges from marketing breeding stock, weaned lambs or kids, and finished market animals to marketing wool and value added products. More
Successful sheep production in SW PA often takes advantage of pasture resources.
So You Want to Raise Sheep or Goats? - Workshops Workshops

So You Want to Raise Sheep or Goats?

02/04/2020

Montoursville, PA

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Discover production basics for raising sheep and goats. More
Take Advantage of Your Existing Markets
Take Advantage of Your Existing Markets - Articles Articles
When it comes to the livestock business, or any agricultural enterprise, a broad perspective and an open mind about potential market channels can help strengthen your business. More
The most accurate method to assess the genetic potential of your sheep is through EBV data.
Use Flock Records to Set Goals and Make Selection Decisions - Articles Articles
Where are you headed in the future? Do you have any production goals for your flock of sheep? More
What You Should Know About Buying Livestock
What You Should Know About Buying Livestock - Articles Articles
What a bargain! The price looks great, but are you really getting a bargain? More
Mike Fournier instructs sheep shearing.
Time to Think About Shearing Your Sheep - Articles Articles

Time to Think About Shearing Your Sheep

乐动体育注册 Melanie Barkley

The wonderful signs of impending Spring should signal all shepherds that March is also the unofficial start of the sheep shearing season. More
Raising livestock for direct-to-consumer meat sales requires careful record keeping and analysis to determine profitable pricing.
How Much Should You Charge? Pricing Your Meat Cuts - Articles Articles
Pricing meat for direct-to-consumer sales. More
What Are You Doing to Increase Lamb Consumption?
What Are You Doing to Increase Lamb Consumption? - Articles Articles
While total numbers of sheep and lambs in the United States is declining, so is the average consumption of lamb by consumers. More
Evaluating body condition is an important evaluation tool for sheep producers.
Body Condition: One More Evaluation Tool - Articles Articles
Body condition, or fat cover, is one more evaluation tool that sheep producers can use to evaluate their sheep flock and management practices. More
Lambing records should be reviewed as a means to make selection and culling decisions.
Have You Reviewed Your Sheep Records Lately? - Articles Articles
Record keeping is certainly not one of my favorite tasks related to raising sheep, but it certainly is necessary. More
Sheep Records: The Key to Profitability
Sheep Records: The Key to Profitability - Articles Articles
A key to profitability of any livestock operation is a good set of records. More
What if Lambs Were Priced on a Grid?
What if Lambs Were Priced on a Grid? - Articles Articles
Here come the lambs! Fat ones, skinny ones, tall ones, short ones. More
Setting benchmarks for a range of preferred adjusted weaning weights can help a producer make replacement ewe lamb selection decisions.
Review Your Sheep Records - Articles Articles

Review Your Sheep Records

乐动体育注册 Melanie Barkley

In order to have a good handle on some of your production practices, you need to review your records, both financial and production, on a regular basis. More
Sheep Shearing
Sheep Shearing - Videos Videos

Sheep Shearing

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In this video, Mike Fournier, former Penn State Extension Educator, demonstrates how to shear sheep. He also demonstrates the six sheep shearing positions. More
Marketing Lamb and Goat for Holidays
Marketing Lamb and Goat for Holidays - Articles Articles
A listing of dates of various ethnic holidays with descriptions of the holidays, and the type of goat required. More
Composting is a popular option for product managers to use for mortality
Managing Livestock Mortalities - Articles Articles
Proper management of animal mortalities on the farm has important implications in nutrient management, herd health, as well as farm family and public health. More
Lamb
Off-Season and Accelerated Lamb Production - Articles Articles

Off-Season and Accelerated Lamb Production

Lynn Kime, Melanie Barkley, David Hartman, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Sheep are ideally suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations in Pennsylvania due to their adaptability and nutritional versatility. More
Spring Lamb Production
Spring Lamb Production - Articles Articles

Spring Lamb Production

乐动体育注册 Lynn Kime, Melanie Barkley, David Hartman, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Compared to most other livestock enterprises, spring lamb production has lower investment costs and labor requirements, and quicker returns on investment. More
Milking Sheep
Milking Sheep Production - Articles Articles

Milking Sheep Production

Virginia A. Ishler, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

A profitable Pennsylvania sheep milk industry needs three components: customers, processors, and distributors. More