Rotational grazing can be simply explained as moving livestock between pastures (often called paddocks) every set number of days or as needed. The benefits of rotational grazing are many. But, how do you get started? In this issue we explore three practical paddock configurations. Premier’s electric netting is well-suited for rotational grazing—it’s quick to install, […]
Avoid “Continuous Current” Energizers for Electric Fence A fire burned grass, trees, and a UTV and was only 30 ft from a barn when the fire department arrived. It occurred because the property owner purchased both our netting and another firm’s “continuous current” energizer via Amazon’s website. In making the energizer purchase he relied upon […]
Did you survive the winter snow and cold? Are you getting that “Spring Fever”? What about your pasture? Now is the time to start assessing the overall conditions to decide what management steps must be taken to have a productive pasture for the coming year. Looking at the overall pasture composition becomes an important step […]
Many livestock producers have learned the value of adding livestock guardian dogs to their farms. Key factors to raising successful livestock guardian dogs include acquiring dogs from working lineages; bonding of pups to the species to be protected at an early age; and managing the dogs in a working partnership with the shepherd. 1. Purchase […]
After a two-year hiatus, Premier relaunched its overseas Sheep Tour program, this time visiting jolly ol’ England and Wales in July of 2013. Thirty-five sheep producers from across the United States ventured overseas to explore England and Wales and the sheep industries therein and to have some fun along the way. The tour began in […]
MEEKER, Colo. — The Theos name has been synonymous with the finewool sheep business on Colorado’s West Slope going on 100 years. Angelo “Butch” Theos, the third generation patriarch of the family operation, now partners with his youngest son, Tony. For this family it is all about quality — producing the best of the […]
Steve Stuebner, Life on the Range The article below and many more like it (plus videos) can be found at www.lifeontherange.org. RANGE READINESS Forest Service officials pay attention to range readiness before sheep move onto National Forest land. Monte Miller, a range technician for the Boise National Forest, explained that “there are certain key species […]
In winter lambing flocks, hypothermia and starvation of newborn lambs can account for nearly all of the pre-weaning death loss of lambs. It’s a serious problem that can often be minimized through management of the ewe flock and its environment.
For many sheep producers, lambing has already started or is right around the corner. Be it commercial producers aiming for the high of the Easter market, club lamb producers setting their sights on summer shows or seedstock sheep folks raising rams that are mature enough to be turned out with ewes for the fall breeding […]
It seems that in our part of the country—west central Iowa, that is—Cache Valley Virus (CVV) has been most prevalent just in the last couple of years.