Sheep Field Day Schedules at Booneville Research Center
August 19, 2016

A Sheep Field Day will be held at the Booneville, Ark., Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center operation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service on Oct. 15.

Working with a staff of technicians, farm workers, temporary employees and fellow scientists, Joan Burke, Ph.D., leads the small ruminant livestock research at the research center in the Ozarks region of Arkansas. Burke has worked on several issues relevant to improving production for commercial producers in this part of the country. The research center manages certified animal welfare approved sheep and goat breeding and feeder stock.

The southeastern U.S. has less access to grain and grain by-products than many regions of the country, but has enviable access to growing and/or green forage for at least 10 months per year. There are always two sides to a story and southeastern forages typically do not have the energy or protein levels that are available in the Upper Midwest or alpine areas. Also, control of gastrointestinal parasites becomes more important with long grazing seasons, as well as there being a need for heat-tolerant sheep.

Aseasonal lambing, parasite management, artificial insemination and forage finishing and marketing are just a few of the topics to be covered during the day. For additional information and to reserve your spot, email Joan Burke, joan.burke@ars.usda.gov or Jennifer Keatts, jennifer.keatts@ars.usda.gov or call 479-675-3834.

Submitted by Dr. James Morgan