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Sheep & Goat

  • Straight Talk: March 2017

    I just read a report where according to the USDA only one half of sheep producers consult a veterinarian once a year and only a third of goat producers do. In this day and age, this a concerning fact. Animal welfare and profitability are at risk. I am puzzled as...
  • Straight Talk: VFD Update

    VFD Update Veterinary Feed Directive rules. They are not simple and I have had numerous calls from producers and veterinarians trying to get on the same page. On December 2nd, 2016 the rule was amended to allow extra label use in minor species. This was followed by a Compliance Policy...
  • Handling Ewes that have Pregnancy Disease

    By: Dr. Jay Bobb Pregnancy disease is a metabolic disease that occurs in ewes late in pregnancy carrying multiple fetuses. Ewes carrying multiple lambs have less rumen capacity, and at the same time require an increase of 50-75% more calorie intake the last several weeks of gestation. Once a ewe...
  • Milk & Milk Machine Webinar Follow Up

    We continue to receive thanks and compliments daily on the services we provide answering email questions 24/7 and fielding numerous calls here at the clinic.  We appreciate your returned support through purchasing products through us.  Some of the products we provide are educational such as the Shepherd’s Club, for $80 you...
  • It's Time to Think About Abortion

    I will cover sheep and goats.  They are very similar but will point out some of the minute differences. First rule, don’t feed on the ground, these are ingested infections, not venereal. Toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis of cats when ingested by non-immune pregnant females they will likely abort.  There are no vaccines...
  • 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...

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