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Updates from the Cornell Small Ruminant Program

Updated 9/24/20

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

For more information visit the links below:

Livestock

Wool

Beware of Parasitic Worms!

The warm rains interspersed with drought conditions that we have experienced this grazing season may result in sudden, high parasitic worm infections in their goats and sheep. Gastro-intestinal worms tend to love warm, humid conditions. Their eggs are dormant in the dry heat, but they start hatching like crazy when a rain finally arrives! 

Also, this is the time of year to start watching out for deer worm infections. Symptoms include a constant itch that develops into a sore often situated in a vertical line coming down from one vertebrae OR neurological signs such as tripping when turning or slight drag to a hind leg. 


Upcoming webinars and workshops:

Legal Entities for Farm Businesses: LLCs and Trusts

South Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Team

This 2-part virtual mini series will cover LLCs and trusts, two legal entities common among agricultural businesses. The sessions are designed to help farmers and rural landowners evaluate whether these legal entities would be appropriate for their individual situations and goals.

Cost is $10 per farm for both sessions. Register to attend the live webinars and receive access to recordings after each session.

SESSION 1: Is an LLC Right for Me?

SESSION 2: What is a Trust & Does My Farm Need One?

Risk Management Programs for the Livestock Enterprise – Nov 17.

Are you aware of the RISK management programs available to livestock entities?
Join us to learn about programs offered by USDA Risk Management Agency to help offset risk on the livestock and as a whole farm plan. This webinar is designed to assist producers in understanding and finding value in managing downside market disruption with risk tools available. We will have Tristan Peterson and his team members from Certified Crops Advisors on hand to educate our producers on the programs.

Information and registration.

Design Your Succession Plan

Four weekly Zoom sessions with CCE educators and professionals – including accountants and attorneys – will prepare you to envision, communicate, plan, write and shape the legacy of your family farm business.

When: 6:30pm-8:00pm on October 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2020
What: Remote course via Zoom with activities in an online learning platform between meetings
Cost: $60 per farm family, includes a workbook valued at $20
Registration: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/dsp_230
Registration deadline: September 30 to insure on-time delivery of the workbook.

Program details.


Sheep & goat extension specialists in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Georgia coordinated a series of weekly worm webinars from April 24 until June 9, 2020. Each webinar covered a different topic pertaining to internal parasite control in small ruminants. A webinar on BioWorma® was also held. These webinars can be viewed at https://www.sheepandgoat.com/webinars

For more information, visit the Small Ruminant Parasite Research website. 


FAMACHA Certification Opportunities:

Small Ruminant Parasite Control Course

Parasites are the most important limiting factor in small ruminant flocks. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County’s Livestock Educator, Brian Aukema, on October 14th at 7 p.m. via zoom, to learn how to monitor, treat, and prevent parasites in your flock or herd!

In this online course we will discuss the lifecycle and biology of parasites affecting small ruminants, how to use the 5-point check, FAMACHA, and fecal testing to monitor your flock health, and provide best practice procedures for treating your animals with dewormers to avoid resistance. This course is part of a statewide grant from the New York Farm Viability Institute that provides the methods and materials to local County extension offices to teach and host-parasite mitigation strategies.

To register online pleases visit this link: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/smallruminantparasitecontrol_203. Once registered you will receive an email the day prior to the event with all the zoom information.
For more information, call Brian Aukema at 607-584-9967 or email bja14@cornell.edu

Management
Cornell Sheep Program
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
Housing and Working Facilities for Sheep - UMass
Ohio State University Sheep Team
Penn State Sheep Education and Expertise
Sheep Shearing - UMass
Virginia Tech Sheep Extension

Nutrition 
Montana State University Sheep Ration Program
Nutritional Requirements of Sheep - Merck Veterinary Medicine   
Ruminant Nutrition for Graziers 
Sheep Nutrition - New Mexico State University           

Genetics & Reproduction  
Cornell Sheep Program
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
Ohio State University Sheep Team
Overview of Management of Reproduction
Penn State Sheep Education and Expertise
Simple Genetic Selection Strategies to Manage Barber Pole Worm
Virginia Tech Sheep Extension

Health 
Cornell Sheep Program
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
Ohio State University Sheep Team
Penn State Sheep Education and Expertise
Virginia Tech Sheep Extension
USDA Sheep and Goat Health

Parasite Management
Cornell Sheep Program
Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats
Managing Internal Parasite in Sheep and Goats - Purdue University
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
Ohio State University Sheep Team
Penn State Sheep Education and Expertise
Simple Genetic Selection Strategies to Manage Barber Pole Worm
Virginia Tech Sheep Extension

Marketing    
Cornell Meat Price & Yield Calculator
Cornell Sheep Program      
Cornell Sheep and Goat Marketing Directory
Guide to Marketing Channel Selection
How to Tell Your Lamb In Finished
Lancaster Farming Regional Markets Reports  
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
Meat Suite Marketing Site
Ohio State University Sheep Team
Penn State Sheep Education and Expertise     '
Resource Guide to Direct Marketing Livestock and Poultry   
The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator for the Lamb Direct Marketer      
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Dairy - ATTRA
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Fiber - ATTRA
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Live Animals - ATTRA
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Meat - ATTRA
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Vegetation Management Services - ATTRA
USDA Lamb Grades and Standards                      
USDA Sheep Marketing Reports

Last updated October 13, 2020