If farming builds character, then farming in Alaska builds characters.
Sheep Shearing (in Text)
Sheep Shearing (in Photos)
SHEEP AND GOATS
Green Pastures Farm
from: Fiasco Farm
Suggestions for Goat Raisers
Breed Pictures and Descriptions: Oklahoma State University Livestock Project
SFJ: Recommended reading: Small Farmer's Journal
A quarterly publication that takes us back in time and forward in issues. SFJ quarterly issue is available at Cad-Re.
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ALFALFA Seeding Rate: 15-20 lbs. per acre (Alone) or 10-15 lbs. per acre in mixes. Seeding Dates: (Fall) 30-60 days before the first killing frost. (Spring) 30 days before the last killing frost. Seed Inoculant is recommended for increased yields. (Not a hardy plant in Alaska.) BROMEGRASS Seeding Rate: 8-10 lbs. per acre (Alone) but recommended to be used in mixes. Should be seeded on a firm bed near the surface to 1/4 inch under the soil. Seeding depth is important to a good stand. Seeding Dates: Early spring or with small grass in the fall. Smooth Bromegrass - A good sod-forming perennial which is leafy and high yielding. It is drought resistant and makes good hay and pasture. BUCKWHEAT Seeding Rate: 50 to 75 pounds per acre. Seeding Dates: June and July It is adapted to a wide range of soil conditions and types but it prefers light, well drained soils. Common Buckwheat - An erect, herbaceous annual grass used as a green manure crop for renovation of land that is of low productivity. It produces a good crop in 6 to 8 weeks and decays rapidly when plowed under. It is also used for wildlife food, honey crop, poultry feed and human consumption as buckwheat flour. Increases in popularity each year. CANARY GRASS Seeding Rate: 12-14 lbs. per acre (Alone) or 6-7 lbs. per acre in mixes. Seeding Dates: Early spring or late summer Reed Canarygrass - A long lived clumpy perennial with coarse rhizomes. It grows 4 to 7 feet tall. It is used for pasture, silage, hay and erosion control. This very versatile grass is also excellent for stabilizing waterways, healing and controlling gullies and protecting shorelines of ponds and reservoirs from wave action. It flowers from June through July. It grows best under cool, moist conditions, but is adapted to a wide variety of soil moisture conditions including nontidal marches, stream banks, lake shores, moist woods, and fresh tidal marches. (Out of Favor with the Land Management in Alaska). CLOVER Seeding Rate: Red Clover: 8-12 lbs. per acre (Alone) or 4-8 lbs. per acre in mixes.White Clover: 3-5 Lbs. per acre (Alone) or 1-2 Lbs. per acre in mixes. Seeding Dates: Red Clover: 45 days before last killing frost in spring or 30 days before first killing frost in fall. White Clover: 30-45 days before last killing frost in spring or 30 days before first killing frost in fall Alsike Clover - A very hardy clover that frequently takes hold where other clovers fail, especially in low , wet soil or high gravel ground. It provides desirable hay and is excellent for improving the soil. Has a place in most all mixes. Sow 2-4 lbs. in mixes or 5-8 lbs. alone. Alsike will keep the cost of your seed mixtures down. Not suitable for horse pasture or feeding. Medium Red Clover - A perennial legume more easily established than alfalfa. Provides two cuttings of hay a season. Still a main part of rotational hay programs. Used extensively with orchardgrass and timothy. Used for hay, silage and commercial seed production. White Dutch Clover - A low growing clover that grows on most soil types. It spreads by surface stolons that root at the nodes. Withstands trampling or close grazing. Sow at 2 lbs. per acre. RYE (WINTER) Seeding Rate: 60-90 lbs. per acre or 90-100 per acre for grazing. Seeding Dates: Two weeks prior to the first killing frost through four weeks after the first killing frost. Rye (Grain) VNS - Rye is very winter-hardy and has the ability to perform well even on infertile soils. Used for pasture, winter cover, green manure and grain. Rye also makes good no-till cover. TIMOTHY Seeding Rate: 6-8 Lbs. per acre (Alone) or 1-2 Lbs. per acre in mixes. Seeding Dates: 30 days prior to the average date of the last killing frost. Clair Timothy - A vigorous, early maturing variety that matures 1-2 weeks earlier than other varieties, or about the same time as red clover. Good second year production. Also superior in first year production and aftermath yield. Climax Timothy - Leafy, high-yielding, rust resistant variety. Heads out about 7-10 days later than common timothy. Best when used with legumes. Toro Timothy - Later maturing variety.
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