Sheep producer input requested, plus the latest on cattle disease traceability

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Animal Bytes

February 2021

Sheep and goat webinar

Goat Kids

The University of Minnesota Extension will host a webinar on Thursday, February 18 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. about how to get your newborn goat kids and lambs off to a good start in life and keep them growing strong. Farmers, 4-Hers, ag business professionals who work with farmers, and those interested in goats or sheep are invited to attend.

Sheep and Goat production in 2021 begins with tremendous optimism and record or near-record lamb and goat prices. Producers are in the midst of lambing and kidding and this webinar will focus on young lamb/kid management. The time of birth to weaning requires attention to detail, husbandry skills, and emphasis on health and nutrition.

Dr. Travis Hoffman, NDSU/UMN Extension Sheep Specialist, Kyle Rozeboom, UMN Department of Animal Sciences Instructor, and Skip Anderson, NDSU Sheep Unit Shepherd will collaboratively provide guidance for lamb/kid processing, beginning rations, and overall lamb and kid health.

Pre-registration is required. Please register at and you will receive the Zoom link upon registering. If you are unable to attend the live session, you will receive the recording via email. If you have questions, please contact Brenda Miller at or Colleen Carlson at

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Cattle disease traceability

Industry stakeholders across the United States recognize the need for a viable end-to-end cattle disease traceability system, which provides critical tools to manage a disease outbreak and may provide opportunities to add value to the industry. In August 2018, CattleTrace Inc. was formally established as a private, not-for-profit corporation to securely maintain and manage the data collected as part of animal disease traceability. Now known as U.S. CattleTrace, this multi-state, industry-driven initiative works to capture minimal data points using RFID technology to use only in the case of disease outbreak. Led by a producer Board of Directors, as well as members from each segment of the beef cattle industry, U.S. CattleTrace continues to work towards a voluntary system that works for the entirety of the industry. To learn more about U.S. CattleTrace or to become a U.S. CattleTrace member, visit

Sheep producer input requested

The USDA's National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) is seeking stakeholder input to help shape the objectives for an upcoming sheep study taking an in-depth look at the most pressing health issues facing the sheep producers. Interested stakeholders can provide input through March 31, 2021 on this online survey.

Stakeholder input is essential to the success of the Sheep 2023 study. NAHMS encourages all stakeholders to identify the focus and objectives they would like analyzed in this national study.

The NAHMS Sheep 2011 study results are posted online.

Inquiries regarding the survey or NAHMS sheep studies may be sent to

Virtual Poultry Health Management School May 24-25, 2021

The Poultry Health Management School (PHMS) educates farmers and avian health professionals on the latest research discoveries and innovations in the poultry industry to improve flock health and performance.

Registration is available online.

Cost is $300 per person. The latest agenda is posted here:

New for 2021, for the first time ever, PHMS will have unlimited space to meet the demand of student registrations. Sign up TODAY to receive engaging and interactive sessions for the broiler, turkey and layer industries.

Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 24

This meeting will be held virtually. Connection details will be posted on the Board webpage soon.


Start time 9:30 a.m.

Dean Compart
Call meeting to order
Approval of Minutes
Approval of Agenda

Beth Thompson
Board of Animal Health Update

Kara Schmidt
Human Resources Update

Peder Kjeseth
Legislative Update

Stephan Schaefbauer
USDA Update

Laura Molgaard
College of Veterinary Medicine Update

Jerry Torrison
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Update

Courtney Wheeler, Cathy Hovancsak, Arnold Vang
International Import Requirements for Dogs and Cats

Michelle Carstensen
CWD in Wild Deer Update

Linda Glaser, Annie Balghiti
Farmed Cervidae Rulemaking Update

Joni Scheftel
COVID-19 Update

Shauna Voss
Global HPAI Update

Dale Lauer
Minnesota LPAI Update

*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.