Sugar beet byproducts could be a viable option to provide high-quality forage in sheep operations in the upper Midwest, according to Reid Redden, North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep specialist, and Alison Crane, a graduate student in NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department. Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho and Montana together generate about 74 percent of the country’s sugar beets.
In a combined effort, the U.S. Department of Agriculture divisions of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) and National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) have compiled and released a study of the American sheep industry. Among key findings from this data, opportunity lies in demand growth for lamb, particularly through specialty markets.
The American Lamb Board (ALB) will manage a project designed to reverse the decline in demand for American lamb that is funded by a 2012 National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Grant and the lamb checkoff.
Purdue Extension will present two webinars to educate goat and sheep farmers on feeding practices following the drought, managing forage shortages and the production of commercial versus show goats.
Manufacturers, retailers, designers and wool producers joined together to launch The Campaign for Wool for the first time in the United States on Sept. 27 to revive the nation’s understanding and interest in wool, increase consumer demand and educate consumers about its natural benefits.
Biosecurity refers to the management practices that are undertaken to prevent the introduction and spread of diseases. Healthy animals are the cornerstone of a successful sheep enterprise, regardless of the reasons for sheep ownership.
Meat and potatoes have their place on the dinner tables of many farm families. However, short feed supplies are prompting cattle producers to think about potatoes not only as a side dish to the beef they produce, but rather as an alternative feed source that could replace shelled corn in their cattle ration.