Sheep

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General | Meat | Fiber | Dairy


General


Cornell Small Farms Program “Raising Lambs” factsheet


Cornell Sheep Farm

Regular informal field days are held at the Cornell Sheep Farm from 9am to 3pm on about the second Saturday after the start of each of our five lambing seasons in January, March, June, August, and November (STAR system). Topics to be covered vary with the season. In general, they include:

  • Breeding.
  • Lambing management.
  • Feeding.
  • Grazing and winter grazing including maintenance of electric fence.
  • Marketing.

Registration is required. Contact Brian Magee at  or (607) 844-8367 if you plan to attend.


Cornell Sheep Program

http://www.sheep.cornell.edu/sheep/index.html

Department of Animal Science, Cornell University Production, management, and marketing information for sheep and goat producers.


Northeast Sheep & Goat Marketing Program

http://www.sheepgoatmarketing.info/

Department of Animal Science, Cornell University A library of marketing information to enable Northeastern producers to make informed decisions to improve the success of their enterprises. The web site has articles on marketing subjects and current marketing news items. Lists of Northeast slaughterhouses, along with information on whether they use sheep or goats, have been the first tools to be put in place. Additional information on dealers and other potential buyers as well as service providers will be added soon. Links to price reports from the USDA are in place and they are working to expand reporting from important local auctions in the region. For more information, contact Tatiana Stanton at (607) 254-6024.


Small Ruminant Marketing Listserv

A very active email discussion forum for producers of sheep and goats in New York State. Includes production as well as marketing discussions. To subscribe, address and e-mail your message to . For the message body, write the following line only: subscribe SRMARKETING-L firstname lastname Insert your own name where indicated. Do not include a signature or any comments.


Cornell Sheep Program Recommended Books

http://www.sheep.cornell.edu/sheep/links/books.html

Cornell Sheep Program’s list of recommended books for sheep producers.


Maryland Small Ruminant Page

http://www.sheepandgoat.com/

University of Maryland The purpose of this web site is to provide information to sheep and goat producers and anyone else interested in sheep and goat production. The site consists of original documents and images as well as a comprehensive list of links pertaining to small ruminants.


Sheep Production Handbook

http://www.sheepusa.org/index.phtml?page=site/text&nav_id=42c985d7b36d445107825b11f21ff35b

American Sheep Industry Association, 2002 A reference for the experienced producer and beginner alike covering the basis of sheep production. The 7th edition is now available, with over 1000 pages of information on breeding, forages, handling, health, management, marketing, nutrition, predator control, reproduction, and wool. An extensive sheep dairy chapter is featured in the new edition. $74.45 includes S&H.

Order online or call (303) 771-3500 ext. 32.


Specialty Livestock: Sheep

http://www.ansci.illinois.edu/

College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Links. This site is the direct site to the Animal Science Department where you can look up the various programs that they offer relating to sheep.


Meat


New England Dairy/Meat Goat & Sheep Directory

Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont This directory was developed through the Center’s Small Ruminant Dairy Project, and lists producers, service providers, and resources for farming with dairy goats, dairy sheep, and meat goats in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Producers are listed alphabetically by state/town, and indexed by breed; and service providers are listed alphabetically and indexed by state/town. The directory also lists resources including programs, associations, and periodicals. $5. To order, contact: Center for Sustainable Agriculture 63 Carrigan Dr. Burlington, VT 05405 Phone: (802) 656-5459 E-mail: 


Fiber


Handling and Marketing Wool

http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/htmpubs/2070.htm

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Information about wool, including tables about the grading system and causes of fleece rejection, and wool terminology.


Dairy


Dairy Sheep Association of North America

http://www.dsana.org/

DSANA welcomes all current or future sheep dairy producers, artisanal farmstead cheese producers, sellers, suppliers, industry professional, academic researchers with an interest in sheep dairying, dairy genetics, sheep milk cheese production, and sheep milk based product development. DSANA also welcomes any individual who is a friend of the sheep dairy industry.


Milking Sheep Production

http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/ua253.pdf

George Greaser, Virginia Ishler, Jayson Harper, Claire Engle, Pennsylvania State University An online publication that discusses the basics of milking sheep production from start-up and breeding to market. Publication is in PDF format . For a print copy of this publication, contact: Publications Distribution Center The Pennsylvania State University Phone: (814) 865-6713 Fax: (814) 863-5560


New England Dairy/Meat Goat & Sheep Directory

Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont This directory was developed through the Center’s Small Ruminant Dairy Project, and lists producers, service providers, and resources for farming with dairy goats, dairy sheep, and meat goats in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Producers are listed alphabetically by state/town, and indexed by breed; and service providers are listed alphabetically and indexed by state/town. The directory also lists resources including programs, associations, and periodicals. $5. To order, contact: Center for Sustainable Agriculture 63 Carrigan Dr. Burlington, VT 05405 Phone: (802) 656-5459 E-mail: 


Introduction to Sheep Dairying in Vermont

Mika Ghia, Bruce Clement, Carol Delaney, Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont This packet offers a wealth of information for new and practicing farmers. The packet contains articles on raising sheep, milking practices, and value-added products like cheese, wool, and soap; a Pennsylvania State University Extension publication entitled “Milking Sheep Production”; sheep dairy budgets; record-keeping resources; recommended equipment and resources; breeding information; and the UVM Small Ruminant Dairy Newsletter. Free to VT residents; $5 to others. To order, contact: UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture Agricultural Engineering Bldg. 63 Carrigan Dr. Burlington, VT 05405 Phone: (802) 656-5459 E-mail: 


Small Ruminant Dairy Project

http://www.uvm.edu/~susagctr/?Page=srdp.html&SM=archivemenu.html

The UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture is now offering a Small Ruminant Dairy Project Quarterly Newsletter. For more information on the Small Ruminant Dairy Project or to sign up for the newsletter please contact Carol Delaney at (802) 656-0915, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 63 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, VT 05405 or Carol.Delaney@uvm.edu. Previous issues may be read online at:www.uvm.edu/~susagctr/srdpnewsletter.html/

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