Andrew Jack, a farmer of Scotland, painted his flock of sheep bright red in an effort to “brighten things up”. This 54-strong flock of red sheep, grazing on a hillside, have been entertaining motorists driving past the business park in West Lothian, Scotland. The sheep were painted using animal friendly dye and the color remains for about a month until sheared. This is quite a sight!
This sheep is determined to teach the young bull how head butting is done.
Goats of any breed or crossbreed are eventually slaughtered for human
consumption. With the exception of the South African Boer goat imported via New Zealand in early 1993, there are no true meat goat breeds in the U.S. However, there are a few breeds that stand out as more specialized for meat production. These breeds are the Spanish, Myotonic, Nubian and Pygmy goats.
The per capita consumption of sheep and goat meat in the United States is less than one pound per person. Americans (or immigrants) of Northern European descent traditionally do not consume much lamb or goat; however, lamb and goat hold a significant meaning in the observances of many religions and are a dietary staple in many countries. In the U.S., the largest consumers of lamb are Middle Easterners, Greeks, and Hispanics. Goat consumers include Middle Easterners, Hispanics, Asians, Africans, and Caribbean Islanders. Population demographics and immigration patterns generally favor an increase in demand for lamb and goat.
In its ongoing effort to help wool growers provide high-quality raw wool to wool buyers, the American Wool Council has developed a wool quality survey that will be distributed to wool buyers, wool warehousemen, wool pools and wool processors to collect information on this effort.
Drier weather in the last month has led to slow growth of forages in parts of Indiana, meaning livestock producers need to double check their forage supplies for the rest of the season now, a Purdue Extension forage specialist says.
While those involved in the sheep industry agree that feed prices have improved in recent months, the cost of gain on a lamb remains high enough that heavier lambs are a premium product at the moment.