Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech Successful development, breeding, and lambing of ewe lambs is one of most important tasks of the shepherd. Summer is a critical time for the development of replacement ewe lambs as they make the transition from weaning to members of the breeding flock.
A video of one of our ewes lambing (unassisted) in a lambing jug. Video was cut down from 1.5 hours.
The linked booklet explains the fundamentals of ewe feeding and how management tools such as body condition scoring can help producers properly match the level of feeding to the ewes’ needs. Improving ewe nutrition for Better Returns EBLEX exists to enhance the profitability and sustainability of the English lamb and beef sectors. It is funded […]
Using a prolapse harness is the most gentle “cure” for a prolapse. If properly fitted it will prevent ewes from straining and pushing the prolapse back out. If prolapses are treated early (when small) our success rate is high.
From Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Small Ruminant Specialist for Michigan State University. Presented at the 2012 National Sheep Symposium held in Spencer, IA. Accelerated production: an opportunity to increase production capacity and efficiency.
Powerpoint slides from a presentation by Dr. James Miller at the 2012 National Sheep Symposium
In order to know your profit, you have to keep excellent records. That is how Clint Auderer runs his commercial sheep farm and feedlot outside Holy Cross, IA.
Parasites are largely thought of as a limiting factor in sheep production, especially on pasture. According to the SID Sheep Production Handbook, larval development on pasture and the subsequent ingestion of the infective larval by sheep is affected by many factors, especially temperature and moisture.