March 6, 2017

Kidding and Lambing Tips For First Timers and Old Hands

We’ve got you covered with a short how-to video on kidding, some solutions for keeping kids and lambs warm and saving hypothermic lambs, and a resource for taking the next steps to low input lambing and kidding.

January 16, 2017

Direct Marketing Lamb – A Pathway

When I was done reading this great new resource from ATTRA/NCAT I thought, “Wow! I could raise lamb AND be successful!”

November 7, 2016

The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator for the Lamb Direct Marketer

You’ve gone to great effort to raise a nice set of finished lambs and have them processed. Now what? It’s great if you can sell them all as wholes or halves. But maybe you can’t. How do you go about pricing individual cuts for profit? What is the smallest lamb that you should have in […]

June 27, 2016

FAMACHA Score Four Sheep in 30 Seconds

Last week we shared an article about the problem of parasite resistance to worming medications and covered worming practices that may help or hurt resistance. FAMACHA© scoring is one of the tools available to help prevent resistance in your herd. It’s a test for barberpole worms (Haemonchus contortus) in your herd, and uses the symptoms […]

May 9, 2016

Selecting Rams for Rangeland Production

Editors Note: This article was written by Sandra Avant and was published in the August 2013 issue of Agricultural Research magazine. In western states, where almost half of U.S. sheep are produced, the Suffolk ram is commonly used as the “terminal sire” – an animal with the best genetics to sire lambs for meat production. […]

April 11, 2016

Livestock Guardians Protect the Flock

Some great tips for working with guardian animals along with additional resources where you can learn more, or even call a person for help!

April 4, 2016

Making a Livestock Farm Work

Got some chores to do and need something to listen to while you’re at it? Here’s a great podcast about raising and direct marketing chickens, pigs, sheep and cows, all on leased land!

March 28, 2016

How and When to Shear a Sheep

As it gets harder and harder to find someone to shear your sheep, you might consider doing it yourself. If you’re new to the idea, here are a couple of videos from Pennsylvania State University Extension to get you started. In this first video, Michael Fournier introduces you to the clippers and how to properly […]

March 14, 2016

Growing Warm Season Annuals for Lambs

While Sarah focuses on forage for lambs, these are good planting and growing tips that work no matter your livestock.

February 22, 2016

Grass-fed/Pastured Lamb Tips for Success

Want to add grass-fed/pastured lamb to your repertoire? Here are some tips to succeed, especially if you’re farming in a hot, humid climate. My husband and I have been raising sheep since August 2011. We’re still new to this whole farming/ranching venture, but we’ve learned a good deal since we started. What follows was born […]

December 7, 2015

Using Sheep and Goat Netting for Intensive Grazing

Dave Scott and his wife own and operate Montana Highland Lamb (Home Grown and Happy) in Whitehall, Montana. Dave is also a livestock specialist at ATTRA’s National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte, Montana. In this video he puts on both hats at once and shares how he uses sheep and goat netting for management intensive grazing […]

October 26, 2015

Observing Animal Health

One of the nice things about Management-intensive Grazing is that it gives you lots of opportunities to look at your animals and make sure they’re healthy. Here Dave Scott, retired livestock specialist at the National Center for Appropriate Technology shows you what to look for in your animals to make sure they’re healthy. It’s part […]

July 27, 2015

How Do You Know If Your Livestock Are Too Hot?

It’s hot out there, and in some places it’s really humid too! If you’re feeling it, so are your livestock. To help you figure out if there’s a problem and to do what you can to protect them, here are some tips from Rob Eirich, Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator, and Mariah Woolsoncroft, Nebraska Extension […]

February 2, 2015

Training Sheep For Vineyard Management

This Western SARE funded project gives you the information you need to teach animals NOT to eat something. While this project focuses on sheep, with adjustments, it can be used with other livestock as well. Use this as an example to think creatively about how you can use livestock to meet vegetation management goals.

November 10, 2014

Sheep Managing Vineyards

Sheep, herd dogs, guard dogs, how to manage them and what they cost, shearing and marketing wool, making money, saving money, and helping the environment – this 8-minute, prize-winning video has it all!

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