Modern Forage Feeding Systems for Sheep Production (MI/Great Lakes Sheep for Profit Series)

Date: November 8, 2014
Time: Noon - 4 p.m.
Location: Scotts Community Center, 8450 36th St. South, Scotts, MI 49088 and Oswalt Family Farm, 10144 East XY Ave., Vicksburg, MI 49097
Contact: Richard Ehrhardt, ehrhard5@msu.edu, (517) 353-2906

The first part of this 2-part event will be at the Scotts Community Center from noon until 1:30 p.m. The second part will be at the Oswalt family farm in Vicksburg from 2-4 p.m.

Dr. Ehrhardt will begin by leading a discussion centered around which type of bunks farms can use, whether to have bunks inside or outside, how much feeding labor and equipment is required and any concerns that producers have about different feeding systems. Several types of feeding systems and their economics for highly productive ewes and lambs will also be talked about.

The tour of the Oswalt farm will allow attendees to see a production system with total mixed ration feeding for both sheep and beef animals. The use of by-product feeds will also be highlighted. The number of animals and the decisions to either sell or retain them at the farm will be observed, along with a variety of other general observations on how the farm has structured the feeding of animals at various stages of production. No registration or fee is required. This is a free event open to all.

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