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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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Cell-culture Technology and Potential Impacts on Livestock Production
Cell-culture Technology and Potential Impacts on Livestock Production - News News
Cell-culture based production of meat is expanding in the food industry. Understand the potential impacts to your herd to prepare for this new frontier in meat production. More
Successful sheep production in SW PA often takes advantage of pasture resources.
So You Want to Raise Sheep or Goats? - Workshops Workshops
Discover production basics for raising sheep and goats. More
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
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
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 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
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
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) in Animal Production and Human Health
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) in Animal Production and Human Health - Articles Articles
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) occurs naturally in ruminant milk fat and meat, but diet changes can affect the amounts. 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 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
Sheep Shearing Tools
Sheep Shearing Tools - Videos Videos
Learn about sheep shearing tool use and maintenance in this video. 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
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
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
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