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Updates from the Cornell Small Ruminant Program

Updated 8/27/20

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:

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. 


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The Conservation and Comeback of Heritage Breed Sheep

September 8, 2020 at 8:00 PM.

Presenter: Jeannette Beranger, Senior Program Manager of The Livestock Conservancy

Producer Panelists: Leslie Johnson, Brian Larson, and Oogie McGuire.

Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, Department of Agricultural Economics at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"In this webinar we will explore the amazing diversity of heritage sheep breeds found in America and how many are making a remarkable comeback as interest grows in small scale shepherding and in natural fiber arts. We will learn about the decades long effort to bring rare sheep back from the brink of extinction and current efforts to develop new markets for their products. Join us in this discussion about the conservation work and then listen to experiences of several rare breed sheep farmers as they recount the journey they have undertaken with their amazing sheep breeds." 

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2643229660935774223


FAMACHA Certification Opportunities

Cornell will not be offering any FAMACHA workshops this fall. However, you can receive your certification through either of the universities below:

University of Rhode Island  https://web.uri.edu/sheepngoat/famacha/

Maryland  https://www.sheepandgoat.com/online-famacha-certification



Introducing the New York State Forage Exchange!

Within New York State several regions have experienced drought conditions reducing the quality and quantity of forages produced for dairy and livestock production. To help agricultural producers locate forage to purchase, or for producers that have forage to sell, Cornell Cooperative Extension announces the NYS Forage Exchange website, nysforageexchange.com

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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 September 1, 2020