Nebraska Sheep & Goat Extravaganza September 24 & 25
The 4S Goat Expo and the Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers annual meeting seminar has combined for a small ruminant educational program that will be held September 24 & 25 at the Lincoln County Fair Grounds in North Platte Nebraska. Activities include seminars on Productive Profitable Goat Management, Goat Nutrition and Management, Sheep Production and Management, Selection for Wool in a Sheep Breeding Program, Herd Health for Sheep Producers and many more topics. Hands on activities include Famacha Training, Sheep Health Assessment, Hall of Sheep Breeds, Certified Boer Goat Show, 4S Goat Show and Sale. Speakers include Rob Zelinsky, Small Ruminant Nutritionist with Hubbard Feed, Sue Hobby, Boers by Hobby Goat Farm, Randy Saner, Nebraska Extension Educator and many more.
For mor information or to sign-up contact Randy Saner at 308-532-2683 or Melissa Nicholson at (308) 386-8378. You may also visit our websites at https://go.unl.edu/sheepandgoatevents
Nebraska Extension Sheep and Goat Page
The University of Nebraska sheep and goat extension program is demand driven, seeking to address the specific needs of producers as they arise. The goal of the program is to provide assistance to producers and interested youth to help them become efficient producers with a broad knowledge of the industry.
Greetings From the Board President
February is upon us, the shortest month of the year. On our farm, we are anticipating our lambing season to start any time now. I know many of you are doing the same or are already underway. The Association
just wrapped their Lambing and Kidding School at the end of Jan-uary, and it was a great refresher for all things lambing and kidding. Over 40 participants joined us to hear our presentation. And I would personally like to thank all of those who attended and also my fellow board members for organizing such a wonderful event.
While on the subject of lambs, I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked, recently, if these lamb prices will stay. And if you’re not in the loop on the lamb prices, go check out the livestock market reports from past weeks. The sheep industry is seeing one of the highest prices in history. But will it stick around? I’m ever the optimist and many of the market analyst’s (who spend more time than I do deciphering the ups and downs of the market) agree that 2022 will still be a year for good lamb prices in both feeder lambs, fat/slaughter lambs, and sheep in general. They seem to agree that they will decline slightly in 2023.
Whether they are right or not remains unseen, but I think there is a really good lesson in there for all of us as producer’s whether it be sheep or goats. We need to stay up to date with how our product is doing in the market. Reading market reports or the ASI magazine reports is a great way to stay ahead of the game. Knowing when to sell can take a good, priced product to a great priced product. If I had a crystal ball to predict the market futures, I would make all of us wealthy shepherds, but alas I don’t. An informed producer is always able to make an informed decision versus making a decision out of panic.
With that in mind, we have Be-ginning Shepherd program again this year. We will be releasing all the details and the enrollment form to attend in the coming weeks. Our programming is another great way to stay informed about what is happening and getting a refresher on skills or maybe even learn something new within our industry.
Until next time, have a good and prosperous February!
Who We Are
The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association partners with the American Sheep Industry, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected livestock associations. NS&GP also strongly supports the American Sheep Industry’s reorganization of the American Goat Federation.
These representations help decide the direction and national support of the American sheep and goat industries – not to mention Nebraska’s sheep and goat industries. NS&GP gives a voice to all of Nebraska’s 1,600 sheep and goat producers.
The Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers Association is the only statewide organization representing and supporting the interests of both sheep and goat producers for the entire state of Nebraska.
The Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers is a domestic livestock association formed to foster, support, protect, and promote the best interests of the sheep and goat producers in the State of Nebraska and the United States of America.
Nebraska Sheep & Goat Producers Association strives to represent all facets of the sheep and goat industries. We achieve this by holding elections by district once every three years. The Board of Directors is composed of current members in good standing with the association who are selected on their abilities to best represent their respective industry. To learn more about your board click here.