Changes to the USDA Scrapie Identification Program

By: Mike Metzger

Scrapie is a fatal disease that damages the central nervous system of sheep and goat. The degenerative disease has no cure or treatment.  The National Scrapie Eradication Program, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), has reduced the prevalence of scrapie in adult sheep sampled at slaughter by over 99 percent. However, the cooperation of sheep and goat producers is needed to find and eliminate the last few cases in the United States



Supplementation: When, What, & Why?

By: Reid Redden

Have you ever heard the saying, “Ignorance is Bliss!” For me, that statement is quite accurate for supplementing sheep and goats on pasture. If you are comfortable with your supplementation strategy or lack thereof and don’t want to confuse things, stick with what you’re doing. But if you are looking to refine your supplementation strategy, the answer will not come easily.


Loin Sets All-Time High

By: Julie Stepanek Shiflett, PH.D.

In recent past, 2011 was an unforgettable year as lamb supplies tightened, driving prices to record highs. This year was equally as memorable: lamb demand was strong, commercial supplies shorter, and imports, at first on tract with last year, but then surging mid-summer.