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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