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Episode 79. Feeding Ruminants in the Winter

In this episode, Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, at NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, talks with Ken Coffey, a Ruminant Nutritionist at the University of Arkansas about strategies for winter ruminant feeding.

Linda and Ken, who are married, have raised sheep since 1986. They talk about a number of subjects, including feeding strategies; managing hay waste; assessing hay quality; protecting hay from winter weather; and nutrition and nutrition supplementation.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Linda Coffey directly at lindac@ncat.org

Related ATTRA Resources:

Small Ruminant Resource Manual

Ruminant Nutrition for Graziers

Sheep: Sustainable and Organic Production

Goats: Sustainable Production Overview

Sheep and Goats Frequently Asked Questions

Other Resources:

How to Sample Hay Using a Core Sampler
In this short video, Dr. Ken Coffey demonstrates how to sample hay using a core sampler. Note that the video tself has been edited to shorten the length, so the actual sampling process is shown at the beginning.

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