Sheep producers can add 10 cents a pound to their wool check by cleaning fleece


By The Fence Post

Spending 30 seconds cleaning up a fleece after shearing can add 10 cents a pound. If a fleece averages 12-13 pounds, a producer can add $1.30 to his pocket in just 30 seconds. However, 95 percent of U.S. producers will just take what they can get.



USDA Releases Slaughter Lamb Formula Prices


By Julie Stepanek Shiflett, Sheep Industry News

After more than a year of suspending the price report for slaughter lambs on formula, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service reinstated the series. The move by AMS is an important step toward improved price information and market efficiency. It is also hopefully a step toward getting LRP-Lamb, the lamb price insurance program, back on track.


Livestock farmers should make the most of spring grass


By Richard Halleron, AgriLand

Livestock farmers should make the most of spring grass by getting stock out to graze where possible, according to CAFRE Beef and Sheep Advisor Darryl Boyd.

Trial work continues to prove the benefits of dividing larger fields – with livestock grazing a selected area for no more than three days. The benefits are due to the grazing of younger, leafier grass, he said.


Study “Ethical Slaughter & Butchery” with Dr. Temple Grandin at Sterling College


By VT Digger Press Release

For many mindful eaters and conscious carnivores, rejecting industrial meat doesn’t require them to reject meat eating. Truly sustainable meat production calls for a moderate, respectful, and solemn perspective that centers the animal’s well-being and seeks to minimize environmental harms. The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is offering the course “Ethical Slaughter and Butchery” for those looking to explore how to safely, ethically, and humanely bring our livestock from the field to the table.


‘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.”