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Alternative Sheep Grazing Systems Workshop Set

Sheep can use forages in areas that may not be accessible to cattle.

Sheep producers will be able to learn about alternative grazing systems at a North Dakota State University Extension Service-sponsored workshop Aug. 2.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at AL Ranch near Woodworth. Ranch co-owner Brent Kuss will discuss methods he is trying, including:

  • Enclosing a 1,200-acre waterfowl production area with temporary electric fencing and using electric fencing in that area to create smaller pastures for sheep to graze
  • Installing underground water lines to deliver water to sheep in pastures
  • Planting radishes and legumes between rows of corn to provide feed for sheep to graze once the corn is harvested

“Sheep, like most classes of livestock, have feed as their largest annual expense,” says Rick Schmidt, an Extension agent from Oliver County who helped organize the workshop. “Finding ways to minimize inputs with unused local resources helps keep sheep profitable. Sheep can utilize forages in areas that may not be accessible to cattle. The AL Ranch has some unique practices that should be able to assist producers in identifying and utilizing those resources.”

The cost of the workshop is $25 per person. Transportation will be provided for participants who do not want to drive to the ranch. They will be picked up at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds.

The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association is co-sponsoring the workshop.

This workshop is one of several events scheduled during the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Expo set for Aug. 2-3 at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds. Other activities include:

  • Workshops on the morning of Aug. 2 on working with wool, training a stock dog and cooking with lamb
  • Presentations in the afternoon and evening of Aug. 2 on lamb fabrication, lamb quality characteristics, the U.S. lamb market, flock health management and the future of the sheep industry
  • Lamb dinner on Aug. 2 and a lamb lunch Aug. 3
  • Ram consignor sheep show and Jamestown ram and ewe sale on Aug. 3
  • Vendor fair both days
  • Sheep shearing and wool handling demonstration the evening of Aug. 2

The cost of the Cooking With Lamb, Working With Wool and Training a Stock Dog workshops is $25 per person. The cost for the afternoon and evening sessions on Aug. 2 also is $25 per person. Full registration (both days) if registering by July 26 is $45 per adult plus $25 for each addition adult family member and $10 for each child age 5 to 17. The expo is free for children under age 5.

For more information about the workshops or expo, contact Reid Redden, NDSU Extension sheep specialist, at (701) 231-5597 or To register, visit the NDSU Animal Sciences Department website at

NDSU Agriculture Communication - June 29, 2013

Source:Rick Schmidt, (701) 794-8748,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391,
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