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.



April 2017 ASI Wool Journal

By Chris Wilcox, American Sheep Industry Association

ASI commissioned Chris Wilcox, a leading analyst and commentator on the global wool industry, to supply his quarterly ASI Wool Journal, which offers insight into the U.S. and global wool markets.

ASI Wool Journal


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  


The Benefits of Studying a Domestic Goat with an Interesting History

By Dennis O’Brien, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

In much of the developing world, goats are essential for survival and are highly valued for their meat, milk and hides. So it should come as no surprise that Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and academic and industry colleagues, working with DNA from a domestic goat, used new technologies to develop a vastly improved and relatively inexpensive reference goat genome. This information will serve as a kind of instruction manual for scientists showing them how to use the same technologies to lower the cost of developing improved livestock genomes.