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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


Ruminant Pest Management

Livestock and Pasture

Sheep and Goats

Animal Health and Nutrition


Other Resources:

Good Shepherd Farm

Sheep Things Podcast

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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