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Sheep & Goat

  • Straight Talk: VFDD Regulations

    VFD regulations for sheep and goat producers are set to go in effect Jan 1,2017.   As they now stand, this will, unfortunately, eliminate some products to the sheep and goat industries. I am going to attempt to review what currently are producer's options with the necessary products essential for production...
  • Let's Talk Milk

    "Lamb and Kid Milk"  and "Kid Milk", widely accepted and the best products available. Two new products this year, "Kid Milk" is designed only for goat kids and a smaller Milk Machine, Be’Be’-Lac. The Be’Be’-Lac is a smaller version of the Lac-Tek machine and feeds up to 40 kids/lambs. I...
  • Preparing for the New 2017 Sheep Catalog

    Our new catalog is in the process of developing.  The following is our introductory statement.  If someone needs a catalog, please let us know.  We have an adequate supply of 2016 left to distribute. Dear valued sheep and goat customers: I have been involved with sheep and goats since 1948...
  • Worms, Worms, Worms

    The last month we have been besieged by calls of lambs dying and struggling on pasture. These calls are not from semiarid range flocks in the west but as usual the Midwest and eastern U.S. When milk flow diminishes the lambs have trouble maintaining nutritional requirements having only high moisture...
  • Rams & Breeding

    We recently had a webinar discussing what we need to do with ewes to get them ready for breeding season. Often rams are forgotten.  Sperm is being developed six weeks prior to breeding so fertility checking rams at breeding time is ok, but if they haven't been handled correctly the...
  • Straight Talk: July 2016

    We survived the weather in Sedalia. Midwest Sale was strong as usual. The highlight of the trip for me was the opportunity to visit with Larry Mead. The Heartland group are doing a great job of managing the sale but there would have been no sale without Larry Mead.   What...
  • Toxoplasmosis

    I was asked to talk about Toxoplasmosis and additional information is available in our Veterinary Guide book or on the blog site but for today I am going to review how the organism infects sheep and goats. Cats become infected by animals infected with the parasite usually rodents or small birds. Rodents...
  • Cooper Toxicity

    Every so often Copper toxicity raises its ugly head. I don’t know what it takes to make people aware that you can’t add additional copper to sheep rations. Sometimes it’s a mixing mistake and sometimes it is just plain ignorance but in any event sheep die and those that don’t...
  • Pipestone Lamb & Wool Facility Tour

    News Release Pipestone Lamb and Wool Facility Tour, June 6,  2016 The Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program, dedicated to changing sheep production to make it more profitable for producers, is excited to offer an idea filled, sheep facility tour.  The Pipestone Lamb and Wool program offer this tour every other...
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill post first quarterly loss

    According to an article on MarketWatch, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. sales plummeted another 23%, which led to the company’s first loss as a public company. Chipotle offered its IPO in January 2006 and was profitable until last year, when a number of health outbreaks at its restaurants around the country sent its profits...

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