ASI is the national organization representing the interests of more than 82,000 sheep producers located throughout the United States. From East to West, farm flocks to range operations, ASI works to represent the interests of all producers.
This publication is part of the Living on the Land series. It provides concise information on first steps in starting a small flock of sheep or goats for the backyard and small flock producer. Topics include how to choose your animals and protect and shelter them, and tips on record keeping, legal matters, and connecting with others. Use the button below to download this...
Because feeding costs can account for over 50% of the cost of livestock production, knowing your hay quality and animal requirements can have a significant impact on profitability. As you harvest hay in the spring, you may wonder about the quality of your product. This article addresses the topic of nutrient content of grass/legume hay and the nutrient requirements of ...
This document lists the mineral requirements of sheep. Two subgroups of minerals, macro and micro, are listed. Maximum tolerable amounts of the microminerals are included. Use these requirements along with the Mineral Assessment worksheets to balance rations.
These tables contain the nutrient requirements of sheep in pounds and as a percentage of the diet. Table 1 is for mature ewes, Table 2 is for ewe lambs and ram lambs, and Table 3 is for growing and finishing lambs.
If livestock producers in Oregon wish to sell meat, they must have their livestock slaughtered and processed at a USDA-inspected facility. Some producers have chosen to sell live animals, which the customers, as the new owners, can then have processed at a “custom-exempt,” state licensed facility.
In a 4-H pygmy goat project, you as a 4-H member will learn how to select and care for a pygmy goat; learn responsibility for having animals of your own to care for regularly; learn the importance of keeping accurate records; learn about nature's processes by caring for animals; and learn citizenship, sportsmanship, and the value of cooperation.
The Oregon 4-H Carcass of Merit Program offers recognition to Oregon 4-H members who breed and/or buy, feed, and raise animals whose carcasses meet the "ideal" for red meat: lean, early maturing, high yielding, and containing minimal external fat.
This publication will help youth and beginning sheep producers to understand the four basic criteria for selecting a sheep animal. It will also help beginners in 4-H and FFA livestock judging to understand proper note-taking format and the structure of oral reasons.
4-H members have the same responsibility for growing a safe, wholesome product as the livestock producer who sells hundreds of animals—and must abide by the same laws. This publication can help you produce healthy project animals and ensure a safe, wholesome product for the consumer.