A 'Copper Levels in Common Feed Ingredients for Sheep' fact sheet was recently published. Copper is an essential mineral for all livestock species including sheep; however, for sheep and lambs the general recommendation is no supplemental copper added to their diet.
Disease is a major concern for any livestock producer. In operations where offspring production is the primary focus, infections affecting fertility can result in a substantial decrease in both production and profitability. Such diseases are of great concern and demand top priority. One disease in particular, Caseous Lymphadenitis, is a growing concern for goat producers.
As the forecasts turn cold for the winter season, it is important to remember the safety and comfort of our four-legged friends when they spend time outside. Here are tips to ensure their well-being this winter.
Per capita lamb and mutton consumption is fairly stable in the U.S. Imports of lamb have offset the decline in domestic production in recent years. Lamb and mutton imports, currently account for nearly half of U.S. consumption, are mainly from Australia (about 68-70 percent) and New Zealand (about 30-32 percent).
Ram fertility is a key component in flock reproductive performance during periods of drought. Reduced ram fertility may result from heat stress and a lower plane of nutrition associated with reduced pasture availability. As you prepare for the upcoming breeding season give special consideration to the animal’s body condition. It is also very important to have a complete breeding soundness exam conducted on all rams.
As South Dakota's farmers, ranchers and communities deal with the challenges brought on by drought conditions impacting more than half the state, SDSU Extension is connecting individuals with resources and research-based information.
In the livestock industry, profitability is determined by the efficiency of production; with growth and development of offspring having a large impact. In sheep production, ewe nutrition is one of the biggest factors in fetal growth, milk production, and lamb performance; therefore, determining how profitable a production system will be. Not only does the ewe depend on proper nutrition for fetal development but also udder development and milk production.
The 2015-16 Dakota Performance Ram Test sponsored by participating sheep breeders, NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center, and SDSU Extension, was established to evaluate economically important wool traits and growth performance among young ram lambs under a central test format. In 2016, a number of Columbia and Dorset breeders participated in the test with the intent of developing performance data to support evaluation of those economically important traits within their breeds.
Sheep and goat producers in the upper Midwest rely on annual lamb or kid crops to maintain economic viability. Reduction in the lamb or kid crop due to abortion (premature birth) and stillbirths are a common occurrence on many farms. Some of these problems have implications for human health as well as animal health. This article will discuss some methods to limit risk and improve biocontainment if you find yourself dealing with abortions on your farm.
The 24th annual South Dakota State University “Lamb Bonanza” starts at 3:30 p.m. on February 27th at the campus Frost Arena. The event showcases SDSU’s support of lamb and wool production in South Dakota and it is held in conjunction with the SDSU men’s basketball game. The South Dakota Sheep Growers’ Association will serve leg of lamb sandwiches and lamb spread starting at 3:30 p.m. on the north side of the track at the arena.