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Information on managing your sheep, including keeping and reviewing records, determining the best size ewe for your flock, selection suggestions, and accelerated lamb production. Tips on increasing your lambing rate and access to SSQA training.

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Record Keeping for Sheep and Goat Selection
Record Keeping for Sheep and Goat Selection - Webinars Webinars
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Records are very important for making sheep and goat selection decisions. More
Sheep Selection Tools
Sheep Selection Tools - Articles Articles

Sheep Selection Tools

Melanie Barkley

Numerous tools are available for selection. The key is to combine operation goals with production benchmarks and visual appraisal to select the best sheep. More
Setting benchmarks for a range of preferred adjusted weaning weights can help a producer make replacement ewe lamb selection decisions.
Review Your Sheep Records - Articles Articles

Review Your Sheep Records

Melanie Barkley

In order to have a good handle on some of your production practices, you need to review your records, both financial and production, on a regular basis. More
Sheep Shearing
Sheep Shearing - Videos Videos

Sheep Shearing

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In this video, Mike Fournier, former Penn State Extension Educator, demonstrates how to shear sheep. He also demonstrates the six sheep shearing positions. More
Sheep Shearing Tools
Sheep Shearing Tools - Videos Videos
Learn about sheep shearing tool use and maintenance in this video. More
Milking Sheep
Milking Sheep Production - Articles Articles

Milking Sheep Production

Virginia A. Ishler, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

A profitable Pennsylvania sheep milk industry needs three components: customers, processors, and distributors. More
Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance Program (SSQA)
Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance Program (SSQA) - Articles Articles
Animal Safety Quality Assurance Programs are national programs that provide guidelines and strategies for producers which promote animal quality and safety to ensure safe food for human consumption. More
Sheep selection should start with performance and then a visual evaluation.
I Pick That One! Sheep Selection Tools - Articles Articles
Sheep selection should involve more than just visual selection characteristics. More
Sheep come in many different sizes and should be selected to match the resources on your farm.
Determining the Most Efficient Ewe Size for Your Operation - Articles Articles
Big ones, little ones, fat ones, skinny ones; ewes come in all sizes and shapes. But, which is the most efficient ewe size for your operation? More
Mike Fournier instructs sheep shearing.
Time to Think About Shearing Your Sheep - Articles Articles
The wonderful signs of impending Spring should signal all shepherds that March is also the unofficial start of the sheep shearing season. More
Spring Lamb Production
Spring Lamb Production - Articles Articles

Spring Lamb Production

Lynn Kime, Melanie Barkley, David Hartman, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Compared to most other livestock enterprises, spring lamb production has lower investment costs and labor requirements, and quicker returns on investment. More
Lamb
Off-Season and Accelerated Lamb Production - Articles Articles

Off-Season and Accelerated Lamb Production

Lynn Kime, Melanie Barkley, David Hartman, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Sheep are ideally suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations in Pennsylvania due to their adaptability and nutritional versatility. More