Small Ruminant Sustainability Checksheet

Small Ruminant Sustainability Checksheet

This checksheet is designed to help farmers think about individual aspects of their farms, as if each aspect were part of a puzzle, and then to consider how the pieces best fit together to form a whole farm. Other ATTRA checksheets have focused on beef, dairy cattle, and organic livestock production. This one looks at small ruminants, sheep and goats.

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Pastures: Sustainable Management

Pastures: Sustainable Management

Management is the key to healthy, productive pastures. Controlled, rotational, or management-intensive grazing has increased forage production for many producers. Skillfully using livestock to harvest forages leads to improved soil fertility, a diverse, dense, and useful pasture ecology, and an extended grazing season. Fertile soil and productive pastures, in turn, support healthy animals.

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Sustainable Soil Management

Sustainable Soil Management

How does soil in its native condition function? How do forests and native grasslands produce plants and animals in the complete absence of fertilizer and tillage?  Understanding the principles by which native soils function can help farmers develop and maintain productive and profitable soil both now and for future generations.  The soil, the environment, and farm condition benefit when the soils natural productivity is managed in a sustainable way. 

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