‘More lambs per ewe per year’


By Martha Blum, AgriNews

An accelerated lambing program can increase the lambing rate of a sheep flock without increasing the number of ewes.

“Fall lambing does not mean accelerated lambing, but you will have fall lambs in order to be able to accelerate,” said Terry Becherer, who owns a sheep flock near Trenton. “Accelerated lambing is when the same ewe gives birth more than once a year.”


Pasture-based system includes multi-species


By Martha Blum, AgriNews

At the Double M farm, a managed-pasture grazing system is used to optimize the return per acre of land while focusing on sustainability for the livestock and land.

“We have about 400 acres, and our sheep, cattle and goats graze 12 months a year and are fed minimal amounts of mechanically harvested feedstuffs,” said Mike Wallace, who owns the operation near Nelson, Neb.


A New Sale for a New Approach

By Terri Queck-Matzie, The Sheep Industry News

If his commercial customers aren’t happy, John Anderson isn’t happy. Providing the breeding stock they require for profitable operation is the cornerstone of his business, Lambshire Polypays, of Shreve, Ohio. That means directing his efforts toward breeding and marketing the sheep that commercial producers need.


2017 Small Ruminant Conference

The 2017 Small Ruminant Conference will be held on May 18-20 on the UT Ag Campus in Knoxville at the Brehm Animal Science Building. The conference will count for Tennessee Advanced Master Small Ruminant Producer (formerly Advanced Master Meat Goat and Sheep Producer) certification, if needed. The conference this year will be highlighted with a parasite lab with the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, FAMACHA training and Trade Show. This year’s trade show vendors will give away door prizes including $750 in equipment from Sydell and $250 in feed from Tennessee Farmer’s Co-op.

Brochure and Registration Form