Episode 161. Integrated Pest Management in Idaho Flocks
In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Livestock Specialist Dave Scott has a conversation with Caleb Pirc of Good Shepherd Farm in Meridian, Idaho, about integrated pest-management strategies for their sheep operations. Dave, who, among other duties, works with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program out of NCAT headquarters in Butte, Montana, is the co-owner of Montana Highland Lamb near Whitehall, Montana.
Caleb, who also is the director of governmental affairs for the Idaho Wool Growers Association, raises registered Katahdin. He and Dave talk about reducing parasites in their flocks through grazing strategies, selective deworming, and selecting for genetic resistance in their animals, including the use of the National Sheep Improvement Program’s Estimated Breeding Values.
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Related ATTRA Resources:
Integrated Parasite Management: Train the Trainer
Idaho Wool Growers Association
Katahdin Hair Sheep International
Rocky Mountain Katahdin Association
National Sheep Improvement Program
National Sheep Improvement Program Estimated Breeding Values
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
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