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Don’t miss out on the Badger Production Sale coming up September 21st!

When:  Sunday, September 21st

Where: Arlington Agricultural Research Station Public Events Facility

N695 Hopkins Rd, Arlington, WI 53911

Viewing Begins 10:00 AM

Educational Session 11:00 AM

Complimentary Lunch at Noon

Sale Begins 1:00 PM

A complete list of sale entries available on the website:

This year features:

  • 25-30 Polypay Ewe Lambs
  • 15-20 Hampshire Ewe Lambs
  • 5-6 Targhee Ewe Lambs
  • 4-5 Rambouillet Ewe Lambs
  • 2-3 Polypay Rams
  • 2-3 Hampshire Rams

All animals have EBVs.

Sale Information:  Check out sale updates by going on our webpage at: or also on Facebook at UW-Madison Sheep Program.

For more information about the sale, contact: Todd Taylor 608-846-5858 or email

 2014 BProdSale Flier


62nd Annual Spooner Sheep Days – August 16, 2014

The 62nd Spooner Sheep Day will be held at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station on Saturday, August16, 2014. The Spooner Sheep Day has a long tradition of providing useful information to the state’s sheep producers and is the longest-running agricultural field day of the many held each year by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Registration will begin at the station headquarters at 8:30 a.m. with the program ending at approximately 3:30 p.m. Dr. Reid Redden, Sheep Extension Specialist, North Dakota State University, will be the featured speaker. He will discuss his experiences with estrous synchronization of ewes. This is a useful technology to consolidate the lambing season and to induce ewes to lamb in the fall of the year. As Chairman of the National Sheep Improvement Program, Dr. Redden will also discuss the many advantages that can come to both purebred and commercial producers from using the estimates of genetic value available from this program.

Spooner Sheep Day program & map Read more »

Virtual toolbox for Sheep & Goat Farmers

small ruminant toolbox usbWith demand for their meat, milk and fiber growing, sheep and goats offer an appealingly solid return on investment, particularly for beginning, small-scale and limited-resource farmers. But there is a lot to learn, so success can be a challenge. “Information is power. You can make a lot of mistakes if you don’t under­stand small ruminants,” says Linda Coffey, a National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) specialist.

Now, farmers and Extension educators have an expansive new resource available to them in the Small Ruminant Toolbox. The toolbox is a collection of practical, proven materials covering a wide variety of topics, including pasture and herd management, marketing, pest management, qual­ity of life and whole-farm sustainability.

Toolbox materials are free to access online or can be purchased on a USB flash drive at Read more »

Updated Shearer List – 12/20/13

Q Fever Antibodies in Sheep and Goats and in Farmers on Sheep and Goat Farms

This article is not intended to alarm sheep and goat producers but instead to make them aware and more knowledgeable about a disease of sheep and goats (Q fever) that can also infect humans. Much of the information in this article comes from an article that appeared in the March 2013 issue of Ontario Sheep News, “Prevalence of Q fever Antibodies in Ontario Sheep and their Farm Families” by Shannon Meadows (pages 14-15).

Facts about Q Fever:

  • Caused by Coxiella Burnetii, a bacterium that infects sheep, goats, cattle and humans
  • Symptoms in sheep include abortion, stillbirth, early lamb mortality
  • Infected animals may not show symptoms of the disease but may shed the organism in birth fluids, products of pregnancy (placenta, etc), milk and feces
  • Bacteria may be aerosolized and spread in dust
  • Infections in people:
    • 60% don’t have signs of disease
    • Common acute symptoms: fever, headaches, muscle pain
    • Uncommon acute symptoms: pneumonia, hepatitis, meningitis
    • Rare symptoms: heart and liver disease, chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Acute Q Fever very responsive to antibiotics
  • Serological tests required for diagnosis (humans, animals)

Read more »

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2 GoatsAs this website develops, it will be updated with current news and events relating to sheep and goats, informational fact sheets and helpful links.  Please visit again to see the updated information.

Please contact David L. Thomas with any questions at or by phone at (608) 263-4306.