Let's Grow Resources

In 2012, Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc., prepared the First Edition of the Sheep Education Catalog. It has since been revised by authors Jay Parsons and Gerilyn Parsons. This project was a joint effort between the Let's Grow Program and the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.

The Resource Manual includes sections for Online / Distance Learning, Onsite Learning Courses and Other Educational Materials.

This resource is available by clicking on Sheep Education Catalog .

Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

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March 2018 – United Suffolk Sheep Association

How can NSIP add $$$ to my Suffolk flock?

View webinar


November 2017 – Utah Leading Edge Group

"Sheep Industry comes together in Utah"

View Sheep Industry News Article


November 2017 – National Sheep Improvement Program

"NSIP Breeds Find Common Goals"

View Sheep Industry News Article


September 2017 – National Sheep Improvement Program

NSIP data query

November SIN story "NSIP adds searchable data base query"

View Sheep Industry News Article


August 22, 2017 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.

Selection for Parasite Resistance

Dr. Joan Burke, Research Animal Scientist - USDA, Agricultural Rsearch Service
Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center

Recording of Event: Parasite Resistance

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation


March 2018 – United Suffolk Sheep Association

How can NSIP add $$$ to my Suffolk flock?

View webinar


2017 – Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo

View Power Point Presentation


January, 2017 - Utah Leading Edge Group

Leading Edge Sheep Producers

Download presentation provided during the 2017 ASI Convention

2017 – Cornell University

“Increasing annual lamb productivity through the Identification of genes and diagnostic markers for selection of out of season breeding”

View Final Report


October 2016 – National Sheep Improvement Program

Pedigree Master Tutorial- Export Data to Excel

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September 2016 – National Sheep Improvement Program

Pedigree Master Spreadsheet Upload

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May 2016 – National Sheep Improvement Program

Challenges of moving to a performance based flock by Bill Shultz

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May 2016 – National Sheep Improvement Program

How, when, and what data to collect for NSIP by Cody Hiemke

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May 2016 – National Sheep Improvement Program

How the sheep industry can benefit from NSIP, by Dr Robert Banks

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May 2016 – National Sheep Improvement Program

How to enter and submit data by Chris Schauer

View video


May 2016 – National Sheep Improvement Program

Pedigree Master Tutorials

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2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Cull Underperforming Ewes

Download fact sheets


2016 – California Wool Growers Association

I mproving Sheep Carcass Quality through the Development of a Range Ram Index Utilizing Ultrasound Genetic Measures "

Download Final Report


January 2018 Sheep Industry News Article


November 2016 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Better Genetics Equals More Profit

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2015 - National Sheep Improvement Program

Video featuring Katahdins at the Bonus Angus Farm


August 25, 2015 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Using EBVs to Achieve Your Breeding Goals
Dr. Dave Notter - Department of Animal Science
Virginia Tech University
Registrants: 317 Attendees: 148
Online Access: Video 335 / Slides 263
Recording of Event: Using EBVs
Copy of Slides: Download PowerPoint Presentation

2015 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation - Bill Shultz - NSIP Ram Producer Big, Fat and Beautiful

2015 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation - Rusty Bergett - NSIP Specialist - The Power of NSIP to Increase Your Profits


December 17, 2013 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Profitable Genetic Selection: How the National Sheep Improvement Program Can Help the U.S. Sheep & Goat Industry

Reid Redden, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Animal Science and Sheep and Goat Specialist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Recording of Event: NSIP

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation

Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

March 14, 2017 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Is Sheep Milk Production in your future?

Dr. David L. Thomas Professor of Sheep Management and Genetics University of Wisconsin-Madison

Recording of Event: Sheep Milk

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation



Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

April 22, 2014 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.

Managing Your Pastures Better: Management Intensive Grazing 101

Dr. Woody Lane - Livestock Nutritionist & Forage Specialist, Lane Livestock Services, Roseburg, Oregon

Recording of Event: Producer Groups

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation

Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

July 2017 – ASI Young Entrepreneurs

Young Entrepreneur Tour

View Power Point Presentation


2017 – ASI

Animal Welfare with Dr. Temple Grandin

View video


2016 – ASI

How To Handle Sheep -- Part 1 -- General Principles for Handling Sheep

View video


2016 – ASI

How to Handle Sheep -- Part 2 -- Handling Sheep in Market Facilities

View video


2017 – ASI

How to Handle Sheep -- Part 3 – Handling Sheep In Processing Facilities

View video

Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

2017 – ASI

Veterinary Feed Directive and Small Ruminants

View video


2017 – ASI

Sheep Industry Compliance to the Veterinary Feed Directive

View video


2017 - Western Maryland Commercial Sheep Producer Group via University of Maryland (Extension)

Determining anthelmintic resistance on sheep farms in the southeastern US

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2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Disease Prevention and Treatment

Download fact sheets


2015 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation - Dr. Sam Nielsen, DVM - Bear River Veterinary Clinic, Evanston, Wyo.

Utilizing Your Veterinarian and Developing Quality Health Programs


Aug 27, 2013 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
A New Approach to Parasite Management in Sheep

Dr. Will Getz, Professor of Animal Science, Extension Specialist
Dr. Thomas H. Terrill, Assistant Professor of Animal Science
Fort Valley State University

Recording of Event: Parasite Management

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation



December 11, 2012 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Looking Towards the Future of Parasite Management Through “Host – Colored” Glasses

Dr. Scott Bowdridge, West Virginia University

Recording of Event: Future Parasite Management

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation

Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

January 2018 - Producers Marketing Cooperative Incorporated

Producer Group Application of the 150% Challenge

View Power Point Presentation

January 2017 - Montgomery Sheep Farm

Grass Based Pipestone in the Southeast

Download Power Point Presentation


June 2016 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation - Alan Culham - Let's Grow Specialist

Vertically Integrated Sheep Production


2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Roadmap to Boost National Lamb Crop – Best Practices

Link to fact sheets: Best Practices.


2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Reduce Lamb Loss

Download fact sheets


2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Match Reproduction to Management

Download fact sheets


Aug. 30, 2016 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Best Practices to Increase Your Lambcrop

Reid Redden, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Animal Science and Sheep and Goat Specialist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Recording of Event: Lambcrop

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation


March 29, 2016 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.

Producer Groups: What Are These About, How Do They Work, And Why Can They Be So Successful

Dr. Woody Lane and Dave Ollila

Recording of Event: Producer Groups

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation


2015 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation - Tom Boyer - Utah Wool Producer Leading Edge Sheep Production

2015 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation - Wes Patton - American Lamb Board and Road Map Committees
Update for Leading Edge Sheep Production Workshop

Download presentation - Wes Patton - The American Lamb Industry Roadmap Project - An Update Report


2015 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation - Alan Culham - Let's Grow Specialist

Maximizing Pounds of Lamb per Ewe


2015 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation - Dr. Richard Ehrhardt - Michigan State University

Increasing Lamb Production Efficiency with Accelerated Production


2015 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation – Kim Chapman - Utah State University Sheep Specialist

Is it Worth it to Shed Lamb?


April 13, 2015 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Farm Security and Crisis Management: Dos and Don’ts in Hiring
Kay Johnson Smith - President and CEO
Animal Agriculture Alliance
Registrants: 137 Attendees: 39
Online Access: Video 199 / Slides 471
Recording of Event: Farm Security

Copy of Slides: Download PowerPoint Presentation


Oct 8, 2013 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Reducing Labor at Lambing

Philip Berg, Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program Instructor
Mike Caskey, Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program Instructor
Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Pipestone

Recording of Event: Lambing Labor

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation


Nov 13, 2012 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Capitalizing on the Mutual Benefits of a Mentoring Relationship

Dr. Jay Parsons - Colorado State University & Optimal Ag Consulting

With Special Guests: Skye Krebs (Oregon), Eric Harlow (Oregon), Jennifer Tucker (Colorado), and Cody Halligan (Nebraska)

Recording of Event: Lambing Labor

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation

Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

April 25, 2017 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.

Lamb Meat Quality

Dr. Travis Hoffman, Extension Sheep Specialist Department of Animal Science
North Dakota State/University of Minnesota

Recording of Event: Meat Quality

Copy of Slides: Download PowerPoint Presentation

2017 - South Dakota State University Extension

Download presentation provided during the 2017 ASI Convention: S.D. Post Weaning Lamb Performance Program

2017 - South Dakota State University Extension

Download S.D. Post Weaning Lamb Performance Program Final Report

2017 - Mountain States Lamb Cooperative

Download presentation provided at the 2017 ASI Convention: Use of Electronic ID to Enhance Lamb Productivity & Value-Based Marketing

2015 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation - Lesa Eidman - Superior Farms Lamb Quality

Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Optimal Nutrition

Download fact sheets


July 19, 2016 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.

Refining Our Nutrition Program to Meet the Mineral and Vitamin Needs of Our Sheep Flocks

Dr. Dan Morrical, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University

Recording of Event: Refining Our Nutrition Program

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation


September 22, 2015 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Dietary Supplements: A Necessity or Folly?
Dr. Robert Van Saun - Professor of Veterinary Science
Penn State University
Registrants: 281 Attendees: 106
Online Access: Video 741 / Slides 4,034
Recording of Event: Dietary Supplements

Copy of Slides: Download PowerPoint Presentation


June 23, 2015 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Optimizing Reproductive Efficiency in Sheep Production with Strategic Nutritional Management
Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D. - Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Michigan State University
Registrants: 302 Attendees: 109
Online Access: Video 565 / Slides 507
Recording of Event: Optimizing Reproductive Efficiency

Copy of Slides: Download PowerPoint Presentation


August 26, 2014 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.

Understanding Sheep Nutrition

Dr. Dan Morrical, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University

Recording of Event: Nutrition

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Aug 28, 2012 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.

Proper Feeding of Ewes During Breeding and Pregnancy

Dr. Rodney Kott and Dr. Lisa Surber - Montana State University

Recording of Event: Ewe Nutrition

Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

2014 – ASI

Understanding the need for Guard Dogs

View video

Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

2017 – Michigan State University

Improving the Adoption of Accelerated Lambing in the United States

Link to Video


2017 – Michigan State University

Labor required for accelerated sheep production systems

Link to Video


2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Testing Rams for Breeding Soundness

Download fact sheets


2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Test for Pregnancy Status

Download fact sheets


2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Breeding Ewe Lambs at 7-9 Months

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2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Accelerated Lambing Cycles

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2016 - Demeter - Nat'l Lamb Crop Task Force

Manage for Seasonal Changes in Reproduction

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October 11, 2016 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.

Improving Reproductive Performance of Ewe Lambs Bred at Eight Months of Age

Dr. Paul Kenyon, Massey University in New Zealand

Recording of Event: Improving Reproductive Performance

Download Copy of Slides: PowerPoint Presentation


2015 - Utah Wool Growers Association

Download presentation - Dr. Richard Ehrhardt - Michigan State University

Increasing Lamb Production Efficiency with Accelerated Production


June 23, 2015 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Optimizing Reproductive Efficiency in Sheep Production with Strategic Nutritional Management
Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D. - Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Michigan State University
Recording of Event: Optimizing Reproductive Efficiency

Copy of Slides: Download PowerPoint Presentation

September 23, 2014 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.
Accelerated Lambing: An Opportunity to Build Markets and Increase Production Efficiency
Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D. - Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Michigan State University
Recording of Event: Accelerated Lambing

Copy of Slides: Download PowerPoint Presentation

Below is a list of information obtained through Let’s Grow grant

projects designed to allow sheep producers to increase their flocks

productivity and efficiency. Updated March, 2018


For additional information you can consult the ASI Sheep Care Guide:

Download


SID Sheep Production Handbook:

February 2018 - American Wool Council Presentation

Wool 101

View video


2017 – Fine Wool Consortium

Download presentation provided during the 2017 ASI Convention at: Fine Wool Consortium


2016 - National Sheep Improvement Program

Helle Rambouillet Ranch


Sep 10, 2013 - Optimal Ag Consulting, Inc.

Feeding and Producing Sheep for Maximum Fiber Production: Is it Realistic?

Nancy A Irlbeck, PhD - Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Agricultural Sciences,

Colorado State University

Recording of Event: Fiber


This reference handbook, covering the basics of sheep production, is for beginner and experienced sheep producers alike. Topics include Sheep Breeding, Forages, Handling, Health, Management, Marketing, Nutrition, Predator Control, Quality Assurance, Reproduction, Sheep Care, Wool, and Contact Lists for State Extension Personnel, State Extension Veterinarians and State Animal Health Officers.

ASI is a federation of 45 state sheep associations as well as individual members. To access your state association, go to www.sheepusa.org/Contacts_StateSheepAssns

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