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Sheep & Goat

  • 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...
  • Let's Talk Milk Replacer

    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...
  • Breeding Season

    As breeding season approaches there are several management practices to be considered. Rams are certainly half of the flock and genetically much more than half building a future. I could always justify paying a premium for an outstanding ram, not so much for a ewe. With that consideration only top...
  • New Opportunity

    This August we will have the opportunity to supply a selected number of Tractor Supply stores with our Selenium/Iodine with TM- item -#6249 and our Selenium/Iodine/Vitamin E with TM Item- #8770. We developed this premix in response to many calls we received through the years of male sheep having urinary calculi. The...
  • Straight Talk: June 2017

    I get a number of calls through the season when producers call and report finding dead lambs that had appeared healthy and are now dead. In younger lambs, often starvation is the cause. If noticed before death, tubing with warm lamb milk replacer or preferably a milk product that has...
  • Abortions

    While it doesn’t seem so now is the time to talk about abortion and we will do so in our upcoming Webinar June 12. Certainly if one chooses to vaccinate for chlamydia that is to be accomplished 30 and 60 days prior to breeding. Ewes not previously vaccinated for Vibrio...

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