Rest is Not a 4-Letter Word – Timing for Pasture Recovery – Part 1

By: Dave Pratt

The biggest mistake people make in grazing management is providing too short a recovery period for plants after grazing. Of course too much rest isn’t good either. In drier environments excluding animals from a pasture long after it has recovered will lead to reduced productivity, dead grass and bare soil. In wetter environments it can lead to brush encroachment.

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House Passes Sheep-Friendly Farm Bill

The legislation is the strongest in decades for the American sheep industry with wool and cotton textile provisions and mandatory funding provided for minor species animal drug development. These were two key requests of the American Sheep Industry Association. Additional risk management is reauthorized with crop insurance and a wool marketing loan. ASI also actively supported the vaccine development program for disease preparedness, which is newly funded in the Farm Bill, as well.

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Ag-note: Why Ewe Should Control Feed Intake

By: Carolina Fernandez, Dermot Hutchinson, Randi Shaw, Jake Parkinson, Caitlyn McCaulley, OSU Animal Science Undergraduate Students, Brady Campbell, Program Coordinator, OSU Sheep Team

At a basic level, producers have two options when it comes to feeding strategies, ad libitum or controlled feed intake. Ad libitum feeding, more commonly referred to as “having animals on full feed”, is when animals are provided feed at all times and allowed to eat as much as they want, whenever they want. On the other hand, controlled feed intake is a management strategy in which animals are fed controlled amounts of feed at regular intervals (for example, a group of animals are fed on the basis of lbs./hd./day).

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Best Dairy Sheep Breeds for a Farm

By: Janet Garman

Today, most of the sheep milk products are imported. Mediterranean countries are the biggest exporters of sheep dairy products. The sheep dairy demand is growing and a dairy farmer incorporating dairy sheep is in the right place at the right time. United States residents are realizing that sheep milk products can be a healthy alternative to cow milk.

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Using a Smartphone to Count Fecal Eggs

By: Susan Schoenian

Researchers at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky have developed Smartphone technology for doing fecal egg counts. The technology has been licensed by Zoetis, which is focusing on small animals, while the University of Kentucky continues to fine-tune the technology for the equine industry. According to one of the researchers, a 2018 product launch is possible.

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