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Sheep management practices workshop


By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Sheep are a great animal to raise on farms both large and small, and large numbers aren’t necessary to make it worthwhile. That fact is demonstrated by the USDA Statistical Service (NASS) numbers released for 2011. Of all sheep operations in the USA, 94 percent of those were comprised of flocks in the range of 1-99 head, and farms with 1-99 head accounted for 35 percent of the inventory.

It’s fairly easy to get started with sheep, and the potential for profitability is good. Sheep numbers continue to decline throughout the USA, while demand remains strong, which has resulted in record prices for market lambs. In response to increased interest, the Small Farms U Program at the University of Minnesota is offering a workshop on basic sheep management practices that will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., on the St Paul Campus, at the Beef Cattle Barn, located on the corner of Buford and Gortner Avenues.

This workshop is designed for the person who has little experience raising sheep, but is thinking about starting a flock, or already has sheep but feels that more management skills would be a worthy investment. It will be taught by Kyle Rozeboom, Livestock Specialist in the Animal Science Department. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to the following: Vaccinations - How and When to Administer, Parasite Control, Hoof Care, and Overview of a Sheep Management Calendar.

The workshop starts with a dinner of roasted lamb, prepared by the University of Minnesota Meat Science on the St Paul Campus. Dinner will last from 5:00-5:30, and then we’ll begin covering the topics listed. Students will observe, and depending on the number of participants in the class, may have the opportunity to practice the processes as well.

Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Cost of the workshop is $25/adult, $30/couple or business partners, and $10/student. Please contact Wayne Martin at marti067@umn.edu or (612) 625-6224 for questions or to register. Thanks to Wayne Martin, Extension Educator, Alternative Livestock Systems for bringing this event to my attention. For other topics on small farms, check out the Small Farm website: http://www1.extension.umn.edu/food/small-farms.




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Farm Safety Day Camp VI

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The sixth joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 485 students registered, representing all fifteen schools in the two counties. During the d ..... 
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FFA Chapters honored for Agricultural Literacy at State FFA Convention

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Nineteen FFA chapters from across the state were recognized at the first general session of the 83rd Minnesota FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for their efforts to increase agricultural literacy in their communities. FFA ..... 
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What does it take to earn a living on the farm?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Each year when the adult farm management data becomes available, Gary A. Hachfeld, Extension Educator for Ag Business Management, University of Minnesota Extension, updates the statistics. It is designed to let non-farm (and some farm) folks know wh ..... 
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Is hay starting a comeback?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

In all the excitement about the large acreages of corn in the Prospective Planting Report on March 30, a small item that is important to Southeast Minnesota may have been largely ignored. Producers intend to harvest 57.3 million acres of all hay in ..... 
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Early season pasture thistle control

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

When the grass started greening up, it also meant other less welcome plants will soon be appearing. Normally, early May is excellent for early season pasture weed control, but if this weather trend continues, consider moving the timing up. Plants th ..... 
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Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

If you are interested in developing a Food Safety Plan for your farm, a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 1-6 pm at the Winona County Office Building in Winona, Minnesota. The cost of the workshop is ..... 
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As possible drought looms, Commissioners Rothman and Frederickson urge farmers to review crop insurance needs

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN – In light of current drought conditions, Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today issued a consumer alert encouraging Minnesota farmers to consider purchasing crop insurance ahead of thi ..... 
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Minnesota seeks lookouts for invasive pests

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

With the recent large Emerald Ash Borer infestation on I-90, the two large oriental bittersweet infestations in Red Wing and Winona, and the value of our black walnuts, there should be considerable interest in becoming Forest Pest First Detectors. T ..... 
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