Sheep Field Day 2017 – Recap
On a sunny and unseasonably warm day in February, 300 sheep producers attended a one-day educational event held at Premier 1 Supplies in Washington, Iowa.
The Field Day, a joint effort by Iowa State University and Premier, offered an on–farm educational opportunity for producers to come together, exchange information and learn about new techniques and products that aren’t commonly available.
Attendees came from 24 states as well as Canada.
See our Facebook page for more photos from the event.
- Lamb quality: What is (and is not) an ideal market lamb, and why.
- What do lamb buyers (including restaurants, stores and consumers) like and dislike about US and imported lamb as revealed by the American Lamb Board’s extensive nationwide audit.
- How to succeed (and fail) at growing annual forage crops (rye, turnips, radish) for sheep.
- Pros and cons of accelerated lambing (lambing more than once per year) illustrated in a 45 minute video of 4 sheep operations in KS, IA, NY and MI.
- Impact of micro minerals on feeding sheep.
- Hands-on teaching of critical winter shepherding/lambing skills courtesy of Premier’s 1000 ewes.
- Lessons learned about Premier’s unique (no drop pen) indoor lambing system.
- Lessons learned about LAC-TEK’s automatic lamb-rearing machines.
The proceedings were recorded and are now available online.