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Sheep & Goat

  • OPP

    Years ago, Norm Gates (who I have long looked to as a mentor) compared the production results of 5000 ewes, and found no difference between the production of positive ewes verses negative ewes. He was questioned so he repeated the trial with no difference. That didn’t deter anyone and OPP...
  • Pregnancy Disease

    I am receiving a lot of questions about heavily pregnant ewes failing to eat and clinically depressed. In the broad definition, this could be determined to be pregnancy disease, probably not quite that simple. In my younger days, much younger and years ago I called it Iowa cornfield disease. Ewes...
  • Straight Talk: January 2018

    Milk Requirements for New Born Lambs Every lambing season I encounter situations where lambs are being fed milk but not enough and slowly are being starved to death. Starvation is the leading cause of death in baby lambs. The amount of colostrum and milk required to meet energy needs the...
  • Why is Vitamin E Important?

    Vitamin E is an essential part of sheep production. Recently there were some source problems with mfg. resulting in a shortage in supply that is now resulting in increased costs of Vitamin E. In sheep production fast growing lambs deprived of selenium or vitamin or both can develop white muscle...
  • Lambing Time Preparation

    I am often asked what do I need in my lambing barn prior to lambing season. It is a difficult question to answer because everyone’s situation is different. For starts, I will attempt to list what I have in our barn. We have everything that’s in the Lamb Survival Kit...
  • Straight Talk: December 2017

    It is about that time of year that we should consider how we are going to handle our extra lambs. Probably the most difficult is determining what constitutes extra. The first consideration is to check the udder to determine if teats are all functional. That can be confusing as not...
  • VFD

    I continue to get calls from producers and veterinarians about VFD’s in sheep, goats, and deer. It’s not that complicated but like all government procedures, it can be confusing. The USDA has clarified the situation with Module 29 that is part of the veterinary accreditation process. If your veterinarian has...
  • It's Fair & Exhibition Time

    First and foremost if you are crossing a state line you need a health certificate and some require intrastate so check regulations for each exhibition. Health certificates need to be current, usually 30 days but that may vary also. All sheep and goats will need scrapie tags. If a sheep...
  • Friendly Reminder

    Now is the time to think about abortion. We will get the calls and emails when it happens but that’s after the fact. If you intend to feed aureomycin for chlamydia control you need to get your VFD now. I prefer to pulse feed at higher levels than continuous use...
  • Why I Chose Katahdins

    Back in the day when I was a 4H and FFA member, my goals were to raise and show the best pigs I could raise. That was before it became a money game. You could actually raise your own and be competitive. We had some Hampshire sheep which  I never...

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