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Sheep Shearing Facts

Sheep Shearing Facts - AS1744

This fact sheet describes the process and benefits to sheep and man from shearing sheep in a safe and professional manner.

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Early Weaning Lambs

Early Weaning Lambs - AS1318

Benefits of Early Weaning Range sheep operations traditionally have allowed lambs to graze with ewes until late summer or early fall. In years when pasture is abundant and lamb growth is satisfactory, producers have little or no reason to wean lambs before they are ready to be finished.

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Abortions in Sheep

Abortions in Sheep - AS1317

The lambing season can be the most exciting time of the year for a sheep producer. The long awaited opportunity to evaluate that new ram or great set of replacement ewes finally arises. So, when the first two ewes abort, the next ewe has a stillborn lamb and the fourth ewe has a set of twins that are weak at birth and soon die, the experience can be very depressing and frustrating. These are all signs of an infectious abortion outbreak that should motivate you to 1) identify the cause(s) of abortion in your flock and 2) develop a plan to control or prevent abortions from occurring in the future.

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Feeding Value of Sprouted Grain

Feeding Value of Sprouted Grains - AS647

In North Dakota, having wet weather conditions that delay the harvest is not unusual. These conditions can cause small grains to sprout in the swath or in the head, making them unsuitable for use in the milling, brewing and food industries. However, this grain can be fed to livestock.

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Campylobacteriosis

Campylobacteriosis - V1211

Campylobacteriosis is a bacterial disease transmissible between humans and animals. The onset of the disease is very rapid, with symptoms that include diarrhea, abdominal pain, malaise, fever, nausea and vomiting. The illness frequently lasts two to fi ve days and usually ends in 10 days.

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Feeding Barley to Sheep

Feeding Barley to Sheep - AS1624

Barley is a useful feedstuff for sheep. It contains a similar level of energy and higher level than corn. Barley is an excellent supplement to ewe diets during late gestation and lactation or when forage quality is low. Similarly, barley is a good grain source for lamb finishing; however, better feed management may be needed because it tends to ferment more rapidly than corn.

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Understanding Sheep Estimated Breeding Values

Understanding Sheep Estimated Breeding Values - AS1621

Since sheep were domesticated, shepherds have been trying to select breeding animals that will have progeny that are bigger and better. Most often, the traits selected, such as weaning or fl eece weight, affect the productivity of the flock.

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