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A promising stand of alfalfa in bloom. Image Credit: Jessica Williamson
Fall Forage Establishment - Articles Articles

Fall Forage Establishment

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Pasture managers and hay producers have a window of opportunity in the late summer and early fall to improve existing or establish new stands through seeding. More
Forage Variety Trials Reports
Forage Variety Trials Reports - Articles Articles

Forage Variety Trials Reports

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Forage Trials Report summarizes performance data collected from ongoing forage trials at two sites in Pennsylvania. More
The most accurate method to assess parasite resistance in an individual sheep is through the use of an EBV for worm egg count.
Using EBV Data to Promote Parasite Resistance - Articles Articles
Internal parasites have been an issue in sheep production for a long time. More
St. Croix sheep have shown resistance to parasites and tolerance to hot weather. Photo by ARS.
Prevent Parasites Through Grazing Management - Articles Articles
Grazing management and genetic selection can help your flock minimize the impact of parasites. More
Take Advantage of Your Existing Markets
Take Advantage of Your Existing Markets - Articles Articles
When it comes to the livestock business, or any agricultural enterprise, a broad perspective and an open mind about potential market channels can help strengthen your business. More
The most accurate method to assess the genetic potential of your sheep is through EBV data.
Use Flock Records to Set Goals and Make Selection Decisions - Articles Articles
Where are you headed in the future? Do you have any production goals for your flock of sheep? More
During early spring, sheep often meet their water requirements through consuming lush pasture.
Have You Tested The Water Lately? - Articles Articles
One of the most important components of a sheep's diet is water. Poor water quality can affect intake, which in turn affects animal growth and milk production. More
Determining Pasture Yield
Determining Pasture Yield - Articles Articles

Determining Pasture Yield

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Direct and indirect methods of determining pasture yield. More
Forage Quality in Perspective
Forage Quality in Perspective - Articles Articles

Forage Quality in Perspective

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Fluctuations in milk prices, feed costs, and government programs are forcing dairy farmers to become more efficient with their farm operation. More
Where to Send Samples for Analysis
Where to Send Samples for Analysis - Articles Articles
Once you have gone to the effort of correctly collecting a sample, how can you be sure that the results you receive from the testing laboratory are accurate? More
Why Test Forage Quality?
Why Test Forage Quality? - Articles Articles

Why Test Forage Quality?

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Greater net profit is the bottom line for why livestock producers need to know the quality of the forages they are feeding! More
What if Lambs Were Priced on a Grid?
What if Lambs Were Priced on a Grid? - Articles Articles
Here come the lambs! Fat ones, skinny ones, tall ones, short ones. More
A few simple steps will help these lambs, and their mothers, get through weaning with a minimum of stress.
Weaning Practices Limit Stress to Ewes and Lambs - Articles Articles
A few simple steps preparing for weaning can minimize the stress to both ewes and lambs in your flock. 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
NUBeef-BCS
Let New Technology Help With an Old School Chore - Articles Articles
Evaluating the Body Condition Score of individual females in your cowherd will go a long way in determining how you feed your herd during the winter months. More
Picture by permission of Greg Brann, NRCS, Grazing Soil Health Specialist
Keeping Animals Healthy - Articles Articles

Keeping Animals Healthy

Melanie Barkley

Here you will find common techniques producers use to keep their animals healthy and avoid having to treat them. More
Optimal nutrition promotes lamb survival and can help lead to optimal performance and profitability.
Do Your Sheep Receive Optimal Nutrition? - Articles Articles
Sheep that receive optimal nutrition are more likely to perform at higher levels than sheep that receive less than optimal nutrition. More
December Preparation for Cattle Herds
December Preparation for Cattle Herds - Articles Articles
December for many cattle producers means preparations for winterizing their herds. More
Crianza de Caprinos
Crianza de Caprinos - Articles Articles

Crianza de Caprinos

Melanie Barkley, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS

La carne del ganado caprino se consume ampliamente en todo el mundo, especialmente en los países en desarrollo. More
Winter Time Farm Planning
Winter Time Farm Planning - Articles Articles

Winter Time Farm Planning

Melanie Barkley

Right now as I look outside the window, the snow is flying and the sun is trying to peak through the clouds. It is very cold and I would much rather be inside where I am warm. More
What You Should Know About Buying Livestock
What You Should Know About Buying Livestock - Articles Articles
What a bargain! The price looks great, but are you really getting a bargain? More
Sheep Records: The Key to Profitability
Sheep Records: The Key to Profitability - Articles Articles
A key to profitability of any livestock operation is a good set of records. More
Proper handling of vaccines will help to insure that ewes remain healthy and produce healthy and vigorous lambs.
Proper Handling of Livestock Vaccines - Articles Articles
Looking at a group of healthy sheep peacefully grazing while their lambs bounce around the pasture can be a very satisfying experience. More
Good nutrition is very important to help sheep better handle internal parasites.
Managing Parasites with Good Nutrition - Articles Articles
We all know that if we eat better, we feel better. More
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