Eastern Alliance for Production Katahdins

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Preparations for Sale Season

In this blog, EAPK member Becky Shultz of Prairie Lane Farm shares some tips and suggestions for preparing sheep for marketing and transport to sales.     Sale season is quickly approaching and we all begin to think about how to market… Continue Reading…

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Scale Options for On-Farm Use

A producer needs a way to weigh animals when they want to understand how well their lambs are growing, and when to take them to market. There are a variety of reasons to weigh animals, depending on what data you… Continue Reading…

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Sheep and Antimicrobial Stewardship

With the global rise in antibiotic resistance, appropriate use of antibiotics on the farm is essential to maintaining their effectiveness. This fact sheet from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine provides important and useful information on antimicrobial stewardship.

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The Value in the Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship

I value my veterinarian’s time and expertise. She works extremely hard, often taking appointments starting at 8 AM, and is still making phone calls on case notes at 8 PM! By law, in order for her to prescribe medications for… Continue Reading…

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Lamb Grafting Tips

Grafting is a practice that may take a little extra effort on the front end, but can help to avoid problems in the long run. The grafting methods and tips below work best for us in our management system and… Continue Reading…

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Udder Health in Ewes: Mastitis, Udder Scores and Management

Ewes only have two teats and hopefully raise at least twin lambs, so maintaining healthy udders and culling ewes with udder problems is important to minimize lamb losses and bottle lambs while ensuring optimal growth of lambs on your farm.… Continue Reading…

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Producer Profile: Vince Pope, Double Ewe Farm

As a dairy nutritionist by training, Vince Pope knows well the science of raising sheep. However, he feels there is a lot of art in raising sheep as well. This art is just as important as science in producing strong… Continue Reading…

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Shepherd to Shepherd: Introducing our NEW Producer Forum

Sharing experiences is the hallmark of education. In this new producer forum, four experienced EAPK members enrolled in NSIP, from very diverse areas of the U.S., answer questions and share their knowledge and insights into shepherding. In a series of… Continue Reading…

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Selling Lamb Retail Cuts Off-Farm

There is a continuing trend among animal product consumers – they want sustainably and humanely raised meat, milk and eggs. Generation Z is the driving force behind consumers wanting to know exactly where their food comes from and the values… Continue Reading…

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Prolapses in Sheep

There are three structures that can prolapse and be visible under a ewe’s tail: vagina, uterus and rectum. Vaginal and uterine prolapses can affect ewes around lambing and will be discussed here. Vaginal Prolapse     A vaginal prolapse occurs… Continue Reading…