These animals will get your goat

By Lisa Young, Agri News

According to the last Census of Agriculture, there are 2.6 million goats in the United States. Central Minnesota farmers may be adding to that number. At least one third of the more than 40 people who attended the Todd County Area Goat Workshop Nov. 22 were there to learn before starting their own dairy, meat or seed stock goat operation.



SD Ag Museum Celebrates Sheep

By The American Sheep Industry News

It would be impossible to celebrate South Dakota agriculture without devoting significant time to the role played by sheep and the ranchers who raised them. The Unspun Tale: Sheep in South Dakota hoped to set the record straight when the exhibit opened earlier this year at the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum in Brookings.



New use for wool could boost state’s sheep industry

By Gaen Murphree, Addison County Independent

Since shortly after its glory days supplying wool blankets and uniforms to Union troops during the Civil War, the Vermont wool industry has been struggling to regain its footing. Now a New Haven farm is taking part in a UVM study to determine the feasibility of using wool as an environmentally friendly building insulation. Researchers hope this use could create a whole new market for the 100,000-some-odd pounds of wool that’s sheared each year off Vermont sheep and give a much-needed boost to the state’s sheep industry.


Topics of interest for sheep and meat goat producers at 2016 Missouri Livestock Symposium

By High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

The Missouri Livestock Symposium has announced their Sheep and Meat Goat Section speakers and topics for 2016. The program will be held Dec. 2 and 3 with all of the sheep and meat goat programs held on Dec. 3. The Missouri Livestock Symposium is held in Kirksville, Missouri, at the William Mathew Middle School, formerly Kirksville Middle School. The event also features an agriculture-related trade show, a classic tractor display, a free beef dinner on the first night at 6 p.m. and a free Governor’s Style Luncheon on Saturday at noon. There is no pre-registration required and no cost to attend. Nationally known speakers on equine, beef cattle, forages, stock dogs and more are also a part of the Symposium and program details may be found at missourilivestock.com or by calling Garry Mathes at 660-341-6625 or the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866. You can also email Zac Erwin at erwinz@missouri.edu (and put MLS in the subject line).


USDA – November Sheep and Goat Market Report


By Colorado Department of Ag Market News

Compared to a week ago: Slaughter lambs traded mostly 5.00 to 10.00 higher on a moderate to light test.  Feeder lambs were fairly steady on a very light test.  Slaughter ewes were 5.00 to 9.00 higher while slaughter bucks traded unevenly steady on a light test. In the goats, slaughter kids traded sharply higher on a very light test, while slaughter nannies/does traded unevenly steady on a very light test.  Slaughter bucks/billies traded sharply higher while Wethers traded sharply lower on a very light test. Trade activity and demand were moderate to good. In the sheep supply approximately 45 percent were slaughter lambs, 40 percent feeder lambs, and 15 percent slaughter ewes and bucks. The goat supply consisted of approximately 50 percent slaughter kids, 30 percent slaughter nannies/does with the balance being slaughter billies and wethers. Sheep and lambs sold on a per cwt basis and goats sold on a per head basis unless otherwise noted.