Quality and Optimization

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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Successful sheep production in SW PA often takes advantage of pasture resources.
So You Want to Raise Sheep or Goats? - Workshops Workshops

So You Want to Raise Sheep or Goats?

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Discover production basics for raising sheep and goats. More
Record Keeping for Sheep and Goat Selection
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Record Keeping for Sheep and Goat Selection

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Records are very important for making sheep and goat selection decisions. 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
Cattle grazing in the Bighorn National Forest. Picture shown with permission of Pearson Real Estate, Buffalo, WY.
Silvopasture Could Work on Your Farm - Articles Articles
Silvopasture is the integration of trees, livestock, and forage crops together on the same land to create dual income from timber and livestock. 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
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
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
Singles, Twins, and Triplets: You Are a Factor in Your Lambing Rate
Singles, Twins, and Triplets: You Are a Factor in Your Lambing Rate - Articles Articles
Your management over your sheep flock does impact the number of lambs your ewe produces each season. What can you do to ensure your ewes lamb twins this breeding season? More