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Today's episode – Part 4 of our "Direct Marketing Meat" series – features a question-and-answer session with Dave and Jenny Scott. Linda Coffey asks questions submitted by listeners, and Dave and Jenny provide great answers. You will hear some innovative marketing ideas, as well as more information about production practices and nutrition. Dave and Linda are livestock specialists with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable agriculture program. Dave works out of NCAT's headquarters in Butte, Montana, and Linda is on the staff of NCAT's Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Dave and Jenny are co-owners of Montana Highland Lamb near Whitehall, Montana. Be sure to check...

In this episode – part 3 of our "Direct Marketing Meat" series – Dave Scott and his wife, Jenny, join Linda Coffey to talk about aspects of working with customers, planning pricing, assessing profitability, and deciding on the scale of the enterprise. Dave and Linda are livestock specialists with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable agriculture program. Dave works out of NCAT’s headquarters in Butte, Montana, and Linda is on the staff of NCAT's Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Dave and Jenny also are co-owners of Montana Highland Lamb near Whitehall, Montana. During the discussion, Dave and Jenny emphasize the challenges and rewards of...

Today’s episode is the second in an ATTRA: Voices from the Field ongoing series on Direct Marketing Meat. Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, follows up on a listener’s question by interviewing her colleague, NCAT ATTRA Livestock Specialist Dave Scott and his wife and partner, Jenny, about their direct-marketing meat business, Montana Highland Lamb. Linda works out of NCAT's Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Dave works out of NCAT's headquarters in Butte, Montana. In the previous episode, Dave and Jenny shared their farm story, and we focused on the marketing aspect of their business. In this episode,...

  This playlist contains a series of videos from the Integrated Parasite Management: Train the Trainer Workshop conducted at Sharon Johnson's Longview Farm in Stevensville, Montana. In this Western Sustainability Agricultural Research and Education (WSARE) funded project, National Center for Appropriate Technology’s (NCAT) Dave Scott presents the principles of small ruminant integrated parasite management to control the Barber Pole Worm, a major sheep internal parasite. It contains the following videos: • Introduction • Refugia, Dewormers, McMasters Flotation • Fecal Egg Count • Dewormers, Grazing, and Paddocks • FAMACHA • Genetics ...

This episode is the first of an occasional ATTRA: Voices from the Field series on Direct Marketing Meat. Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, follows up on a listener’s question by interviewing fellow NCAT ATTRA livestock specialist Dave Scott and his wife, Jenny, about their direct-marketing meat business, Montana Highland Lamb. Linda works out of NCAT's Southeast Regional office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Dave is on the staff at NCAT's headquarters in Butte, Montana. Although the listener was asking about lamb, and both Dave and Jenny produce lamb, this series will be useful for anyone direct marketing meat. Dave...

In this episode from NCAT's Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Regional Director Margo Hale and Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey talk about Linda's recent trip to attend an international meeting about internal parasite management, and some of the lessons she learned there. They then discuss what's happening on their farms in the fall: breeding season, and considerations about selecting and caring for the males; assessing male temperament and safety; and assessing the condition of the females. They also briefly discuss fall pasture management and stockpiling for winter. E-mail Margo and Linda with feedback or questions or suggestions for future topics at margoh@ncat.org...

Learn how to Cover, Push, Pull, Pop! That is the FAMACHA scoring technique that determines the degree of Barber Pole Worm (Haemonchus contortus) infection in sheep, goats and camelids. This how to video emphasizes FAMACHA scoring Out West with large flocks of small ruminants. Discover how it is easy and financially rewarding to ascertain the degree of infection in your flock- FAMACHA scoring saves you money in deworming only the lambs and ewes that are actually infected (often 80 percent of the infection is concentrated in 20 percent of the flock). It also allows you to set up a refugia...

Shearing Day! Shearing requires attention to a few details before the shearers arrive, as they shear your sheep, and long after the shearing crew is gone. In this video, NCAT Livestock Specialist Dave Scott discusses factors to take into account before, during, and after shearing: tips for encouraging sheep to go into the shearing race, the responsibilities of the shepherd, and the ewes’ needs post shearing. There is much more to it than just “getting the wool off.” The video takes place during shearing at Dave's Montana Highland Lamb operation near Whitehall, MT....

This video explores one of the profit-oriented benefits of regenerative grazing: winter grazing of a greatly increased winter stockpile of grass. A summer long regimen of tall grass grazing with high stock densities results in a passive winter grazing season almost as long as its summer sister—in cold Montana yet. Those are regenerative dollars in your pocket. We will show how to inventory winter stockpile, moving sheep to different winter paddocks, how much residual to leave behind, and a simple stock water system winterized for zero temperatures. Join NCAT’s Dave Scott in this first episode on Regenerative Grazing at Montana...

The Barber Pole Worm represents an increasing threat to sheep and goat producers, especially those on Western irrigated pastures. This webinar, led by Dave Scott, NCAT Livestock Specialist, focuses on holistic management of the Barber Pole Worm in irrigated settings in the Inter Mountain West. FAMACHA scoring to create refugia, strategic grazing techniques, and simple genetic strategies to increase host resistance will be highlighted....

So You are Lambing for the First Time! Good for you! And welcome to the sheep community! Here is a quick video that will tell you what to look for when your ewes get close to lambing and how to deal with two of the most common dystocia, or abnormal lambing presentations. In this live video, backwards and front lambs with a leg back are shown along with how to rectify the problems. The result is a contented mother and two happy lambs....

If you market lamb directly to your customers, the way the carcass is aged, broken down, cut, and packaged is very important in making your product stand out. Once your lamb is properly finished, (finishing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbBrR3...

Do you market lamb directly to consumers? Learn to use your hands to tell when a lamb is finished! Companion fact sheet available at https://attra.ncat.org/product/putting-a-hand-on-them-how-to-tell-when-your-lamb-is-finished/ Learning to master correct live-animal evaluation of fat lambs will help you provide a superior, differentiated product to your customers. It also can reduce the overall cost of producing a premium lamb by more accurately determining when the animal is finished, thereby better controlling feed costs. Whether you're a producer or you raise lambs for your own consumption, this video will answer the question, "When is my lamb ready to be butchered?"...

In this episode, Margo Hale, director of NCAT Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, discuss some timely spring topics that are impacting their own farms: pastures, parasites, and predators. Margo and Linda, whose farms are both in the Fayetteville area, talk about handling excess forage, electronet tips and warnings, weeds and poisonous plants, and grazing recordkeeping. They also touch on pasture management to minimize internal parasite problems and the use of livestock guardian animals to protect stock from predation.  They refer to a number of resources and invite listeners to...

In this episode, NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT's ATTRA the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, discuss fall and winter production considerations for sheep and goat producers. Their conversation includes preparing your herd/flock for breeding, ewe and ram management, kidding/lambing management, and winter feeding considerations. You can get in touch directly with Margo and Linda directly at margoh@ncat.org and lindac@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: Sheep and Goat Frequently Asked Questions Small Ruminant Toolbox Illustrated Guide to Sheep and Goat Production ATTRA Sheep and Goat Publications Intensive Grazing: One Farm's Set Up Managed Grazing Tutorial Small Ruminant Course Please call ATTRA with any and...

In this episode, Dave Scott and Lee Rinehart, both specialists with NCAT’s ATTRA – the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – have a conversation about regenerative grazing. In particular, Dave, who works out of NCAT headquarters in Butte, Montana, and Lee, a specialist at NCAT’s Northeast Regional Office in Keene, New Hampshire, explore Dave's decision to move to regenerative grazing at his lamb operation near Whitehall, Montana. The in-depth conversation gets into the process of making the transition and its benefits and obstacles, as well as pest management, fence-line weaning, and other concerns. They also talk about ATTRA resources that are available...

In this episode, award-winning cheesemaker Veronica Baetje of Baetje Farms LLC in Missouri continues her conversation with NCAT Specialists Linda Coffey and Daniel Prial, including how to find the balance production and sales. To learn more, you can contact Linda and Daniel directly at lindac@ncat.org and danielp@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products Dairy Sheep Beef and Dairy Sheep and Goats Other Resources: Baetje Farms Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce...

In this episode, award-winning cheesemaker Veronica Baetje of Baetje Farms LLC in Missouri talks with NCAT Specialists Linda Coffey and Daniel Prial about the history of the operation -- which started with a goat named Cookie -- and marketing small-ruminant dairy products. To learn more, you can contact Linda and Daniel directly at lindac@ncat.org and danielp@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products Dairy Sheep Beef and Dairy Sheep and Goats Other Resources: Baetje Farms Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm...

In this episode, NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey talks with Tessa McCormick about dairying with Nigerian Dwarf goats and the process of developing a value-added cheese-making operation. Tessa and her husband Scott own the White River Creamery in Arkansas, where they milk 52 Nigerian Dwarf goats.

Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology and co-owner of Montana Highland Lamb near Whitehall, Montana, discusses how to prepare for the "before, during, and after" of shearing....

You've gone to great effort to raise a nice set of finished lambs and have them processed. Now what? It's great if you can sell them all as wholes or halves. But maybe you can't. How do you go about pricing individual cuts for profit? What is the smallest lamb that you should have in your direct-market program? How do you price high-demand cuts to cover the lower pricing of lesser-demand cuts? In the maze of cuts and cut prices, what is your profit per lamb? An interview with ATTRA Livestock specialist Dave Scott will answer these questions and more....