Premier made a major change in our breeding/lambing system for our 800 ewes this year. We switched from pasture lambing 80% of the ewes (with a Dec breeding season) to shed lambing 50/week (in a heated barn without drop pens) 75% from Feb through April.
The NLFA Board feels an educational letter needs to be put out to the sheep industry that, in their opinion, will explain what has happened to our industry, marketwise, in the last couple of years. In 2011 there was a world shortage of sheep meat – Therefore, a shortage of wool, sheepskins and meat. This […]
OPINION: Crikey, there are some angry sheep farmers out there. Since writing about last season’s lamb price debacle and the dampening effect it is having on this season, I have been contacted by several irate farmers.
The US lamb industry prospered: ➢ Lamb prices were at record highs due to reduced supply and strong demand. ➢ The national flock expanded. ➢ Sheep producer numbers grew. ➢ Less imported lamb entered the United States.
Actually we have 2 crises occurring at the same time—one short-term and one long-term.
A coach-load of US sheep folks toured French sheep farms last September. It included a full day at Tech-Ovin (a biennial French one-day event that brings together the latest sheep industry ideas and equipment).