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Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter Fall 2014

By the time you receive this newsletter August will be halfway behind us and about another 30 days of summer type weather. I hope you have accumulated whatever hay is needed for winter feeding, and forages are being stockpiled for fall into winter grazing. As many of you are probably aware summer prices for prime or selection one slaughter goats and cattle have held around two dollars per pound or higher, and prices for same quality of sheep have hovered around $1.50/lb. Now is the time to plan for establishing forages (grasses & legumes) that will allow for winter and early spring grazing. Winter wheat, rye, turnips, chicory, and etc. are some options, seed prices and practices for establishment are always factors of practicality.

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Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter February 2014

Our friends at National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have released some new estimates on national and state sheep and goat inventories. The overall downward trend continues, as it has been for several years, whereby many state inventories are at 2007-2008 levels. Alabama reversed the trend but inventories reflect years gone by. Good news for sellers is market prices have significantly increased during past few months.

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Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter January 2014

Tapeworms in 2013 This past fall (August-early December 2013) brought about an unusual situation for goat and sheep producers, problems with tapeworms in their animals. During my thirteen years of working with goat and sheep producer this was my first time to hear of tapeworms infestations to the degree of diminished health and mortality in small ruminants. I initially thought this situation was confined to Northwest Alabama, but learned otherwise as I talked with producers in other parts of the State and producers in South Georgia and South-Central Tennessee. I also thought problems with tapeworms were confined to puppies, but have learned more through an inquiry with a local veterinarian and some research.

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