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Sheep & Goats

NEW: New California Antibiotic Rules for Livestock Producers

As of January 1, 2018, producers will need a veterinarian prescription for medically important antibiotics. For more information, go to the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship website.

For a quick overview, check out this post on the Ranching in the Sierra Foothills blog!

Below is a list of sheep and goat production and marketing resources. 
Click on the links to access the information:

General Information

NEW - Sheep Management Basics - It All Starts with Grass (PDF)

Goats...A Species Whose Time Has Come (PDF)

Sheep Production in South Carolina -Clemson Extension (PDF)


Breed Selection: A Beginners Guide to Raising Sheep – Sheep 201

Sheep Breeds A to Z – Sheep 101

Breeds of Livestock – Oklahoma State University

Maryland Small Ruminant Page: Breeds – Sheep and

Breeding and Lambing

NEW!  Keys to a Successful Pasture Lambing System

Some Ideas About Crossbreeding Sheep - Oklahoma Cooperative Extension (PDF)

Flock Improvement Through Ram Selection - Oklahoma Cooperative Extension (PDF)

A Beginner's Guide to Raising Sheep - Sheep 101

Grazing and Feeding

Grazing Systems - Alabama Cooperative Extension

Sheep Grazing Management - Virginia Cooperative Extension

Multispecies Grazing - ATTRA

Targeted Grazing with Sheep and Goats in Orchard Setting - University of Idaho (PDF)

Health and Management

The Merck Veterinary Manual

Sheep Health and Management (PDF)

Foot Rot Control - Oklahoma State Cooperative Extension (PDF)

Scrapie - APHIS Fact Sheet (PDF)

Eradicate Scrapie - National Scrapie Education Initiative (PDF)

Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats - ATTRA

Famacha: For the Treatment and Control of Barber's Pole Worm in Sheep and Goats - University of Tennessee (PDF)

Livestock Disease: Cause and Control - Oklahoma Cooperative Extension (PDF)

Multi-Species Academy References

The following are pdf files of Powerpoint presentations at the California Multi-Species Academy:


Multispecies Academy Powerpoints in PDF format

For more information, check out the California Multi-Species Academy page!


California Sheep and Goat Grazing School

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The 2018 California Sheep and Goat Grazing School will be in Auburn, CA on September 14-15! Click here to register!

Vines & Ovines

In 2006, we ran a trial in training sheep to have a dietary aversion to grape leaves in order to use them in vineyards to control floor vegetation. This could lead to reduced chemical and machine use in vineyards, and a new production means for shepherds. Find out more.

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