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Sheep & Goat

  • Sheep & Goat News - vol. 33, Issue 9, November 2013

    Colostrum and the amount of milk needed to sustain life  I can’t over emphasize the need for colostrums, not only to provide immunity, but also the amount to be fed to meet energy requirements in the first 24 hours after birth. David Mellor, a veterinary physiologist with Massey University in...
  • Sheep & Goat News - Vol. 33, Issue 8, October 2013

    Foot Rot in Sheep My first thought is this is the most dreaded disease in the industry bar none. Whenever I purchase sheep, they have their feet trimmed and bathed in formaldehyde and isolated for 30 days from the rest of flock, feet examined and bathed again before introduction. The...
  • Sheep & Goat News - Vol. 33, Issue 6, August 2013

    Fly Control Fly season is well underway and the pesky creatures can be a nuisance and cause irritation and can lead to fly strike if left untreated. Any sheep or goat producer can attest to the amazing ability of these creatures to quickly multiply and harass livestock. Most of us...
  • Sheep & Goat News - Vol. 33, Issue 5, June 2013

    Straight Talk Last month the sheep industry lost the most forward thinking and successful innovators that I have encountered in my fifty plus practice years in the industry. I had been in practice six years before Dion Van Well was born. What a difference one person can make. I had...
  • Sheep & Goat News- Vol. 33, Issue 4, May 2013

    Weaning Time Successful weaning of your lamb crop requires planning that starts several weeks ahead of the expected wean date. We recommend lambs be weaned at 60-70 days of age. The lambs should be well adjusted to eating creep and drinking water by this age. The creep ration should be...
  • Sheep & Goat News - Vol. 33, Issue 3, April 2013

    Acidosis in lambs Acidosis is a term that is used to describe grain overload. Sheep are ruminants which means they are designed to utilize roughage. The bacteria that live in the rumen are very capable of converting roughage into useable energy. Modern lamb production has producers feeding more concentrates such...
  • Sheep & Goat News - Vol. 33, Issue 2, March 2013

    Farmers and Ranchers Take Center Stage  This week nearly 250 regional, state and national farm, ranch and agribusiness organizations sent a heartfelt "thank you" to Chrysler Group Chair and CEO Sergio Marchionne for its outstanding XLVII Super Bowl commercial "So God Made a Farmer." The ad kicks off a campaign...
  • Sheep & Goat News - Vol. 33, Issue 1, January 2013

    Abortions in Sheep  This is the time of year we have abortion concerns. An occasional abortion is to be expected but it is sometimes difficult to ascertain when has there been too many. Vaccination at this point has little value unless there are later groups lambing. The two leading causes...

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