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The Sheep Group



Under development (January 18, 2005)

See Pasture and Range Management

See The Goat System

See Vertebrate Damage Management

Sheep notes

Virginia Tech Extension staff, Sheep program: Greiner

Sheep on the Va Tech farm, 1951
We are developing a sheep program, one that has a major market for organic lamb. By "organic" we mean foods that are as good for you as they are delicious because they are produced without using antibiotics, added growth hormones, or pesticides in their surroundings that may become involved with the flesh.
  • No Antibiotics
    Recently the effectiveness of many antibiotics has begun to decline. One possible cause is that antibiotics have been overused in healthy livestock. Researchers now believe this practice can lead to higher levels of resistance in bacteria that cause human disease, and as a result, may lower the effectiveness of the same antibiotics on our own bodies.
  • No Added Growth Hormones
    Growth hormones naturally occur in all milk. However, sheep may be injected with additional growth hormones to increase milk production. Several countries in Europe as well as Canada, Australia, and Japan have banned these hormones because of potential effects on both human and animal health.
  • No Dangerous Pesticides
    Organic farmers do not use harmful chemicals that can pollute our air, water, and food. A recent study found that children who eat predominantly organic diets have far lower levels of pesticide residues in their bodies than children who eat mostly non-organic foods.

Hair sheep are finding favor in some areas. There are many breeds of them.The product is lamb and mutton and some interest in leather.

Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .


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Robert H. Giles, Jr.
July 5, 2005