Blog

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…

Blog

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…

Blog

The Shepherd’s Toolbox: Supplies to have on-hand before you need them

Fall and early Winter, when the seasonal workload lessens, is often a good time to focus on our sheep supply inventory. We usually think of this when getting ready for lambing, but as shepherds we should always be prepared throughout… Continue Reading…

Producer Profile

EAPK Producer Profile: Richard Manning, Sweet Seasons Farm

“The Man Born to Farming” is more than a poem by Wendall Berry of quaint sentiments. It speaks of a producer such as Richard Manning who has lived his life as: “The grower of trees, the gardener, the man born… Continue Reading…

Blog

Pregnancy Diagnosis

There are various options for diagnosing pregnancy in sheep. The cost/benefit analysis for doing this procedure depends on what you are going to do with the information. Your reasons for doing pregnancy diagnosis will also dictate which method you want… Continue Reading…

Producer Profile

EAPK Producer Profile – Beckie Hotz, Mariposa Farm

My introduction to agriculture was through plants. I studied biology in college with a broad view of both animals and plants. Toward the end of college, I focused on the plant side of agriculture, specifically at the soil level. All these… Continue Reading…

Blog

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…

Blog

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…

Blog

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…

Blog

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…