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EAPK Producer Profile – Beckie Hotz, Mariposa Farm

Note: One of EAPK’s goals has been to get to know fellow members through a series of producer profiles. We are very fortunate that one of our members, Beckie Hotz, has joined the Communications Committee and agreed to take on… Continue Reading…

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Selecting for Maternal Traits Drives Profit

Katahdins are raised in diverse environments using a wide range of management styles and for a variety of reasons. However, there should be a few common goals in any flock. In addition to being a shedding hair breed, Katahdins have… Continue Reading…

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Transporting Sheep Safely

Summer is often the busiest time for transporting sheep since the buying and purchasing of new animals is at its peak. It is also the season for hauling animals to sales, shows, fairgrounds and livestock markets. Unfortunately, it can also… Continue Reading…

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Symposium Thank You

EAPK would like to extend a very warm Thank You to everyone who supported our first annual EAPK Symposium and Sale, especially our wonderful speakers, those who attended the symposium and everyone who consigned, bid on and purchased animals in… Continue Reading…

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Selecting for Parasite Resistant Katahdins

People frequently ask us for suggestions on improving the parasite resistance of their flocks and how to identify resistant animals, and with good reason. Intestinal worms, or parasites, are one of the most limiting factors to profitable production for shepherds… Continue Reading…

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Drug Withdrawal Times for Sheep

Whenever we sell animals, be it at auction, privately as feeder lambs, breeding stock or even just pets and lawnmowers it is our responsibility to make sure that the animals we are selling will not enter the food chain with… Continue Reading…

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DATA COLLECTION

Data collection is the cornerstone of obtaining Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) through the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP). But the need for good records and accurate data is not limited to producers submitting data to NSIP. All flocks can benefit… Continue Reading…

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BODY CONDITION SCORING – Why Is It So Important?

To best express their genetic potential, sheep must be in optimal body condition. Both overly fat sheep and sheep that are too thin are not as productive as they can potentially be. Body condition scoring (BCS) enables you to identify… Continue Reading…

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NSIP – What Is in It for Me?

For most of us, raising sheep is a business. All successful businesses continually and objectively evaluate their products for performance, accuracy, and predictability. Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) as provided by the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP), allow shepherds to convert… Continue Reading…

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Planning for the Next Generation

to make the most improvement in our flocks, we have to accurately assess the impacts our sires (and dams) are having on their offspring. We need to identify superior sires as lambs and then confirm their superiority by evaluating their offspring.