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Sheep & Goat

  • Wormers Revisited: Sheep and Goat News April 2014

    All right you have bugged me often enough I will take another shot at it. The questions just keep coming, indicating to me there are a lot of unsolved problems. My sheep are wormy, they have bottle jaw, some are scouring and a few are dying and a whole lot more don’t look...
  • Straight Talk: Sheep & Goat News April 2014

    It is hard for me to realize that spring has already sprung here in the upper Midwest. We still have frozen hydrants and snow in the wind breaks. I receive some calls from southern U.S. and realize it’s probably time to think about worms and deworming, so I have included...
  • Straight Talk: March 2014

    Tetanus: Recently I have received many calls about tetanus antitoxin. One of the recent calls the producer had two lambs down and a third dead as the result of using tetanus antitoxin. Folks, I can’t make it anymore plain than this, more lambs will die of antiphylactic shock from antitoxin...
  • Weaning Time: Sheep & Goat News March 2014

    By Dr. J.D.Bobb Successful weaning of your lamb crop requires planning that starts several weeks ahead of the expected wean date. We recommend that 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...
  • Salt: Sheep & Goat News March 2014

    Sometimes we over look one of the most important ingredients in the total ration and how we deliver it. For starters, blocks are worthless. It always should be provided in a loose form and free choice. Salt should be offered free of manure contamination and moisture. Salt should be a...
  • Straight Talk: Sheep & Goat News February 2014

    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 a few...
  • Cervix Fails to Dilate: Sheep & Goat News February 2014

    This is one of the most difficult challenges we are faced with when ewes fail to dilate. There are anatomical reasons and infectious reasons. I have covered the anatomical reasons in my prolapse blog. I suspect iodine deficiency and abortive agents such as chlamydia are often involved. Tip off is...
  • Downer Ewes: Sheep & Goat News February 2014

    We are getting a lot of calls about downer ewes. This syndrome is the result of a lot of different conditions. The first I want to talk about is pregnancy disease. Pregnancy disease is the result of ewes that are too fat in the fall. Then as the lambs develop...
  • Straight Talk: January 2014

    The last several weeks I have traveled to Billings, Montana and Mandan, North Dakota, garden spots in the winter, similar to Minnesota. The meetings were interesting and successful and well attended. In Montana, I was able to meet some young Hutterite friends. I have Hutterite friends in South Dakota but they do...
  • Pneumonia: Sheep & Goat News January 2014

    In other posts, I have touched on respiratory conditions and drug use, but have not gone after it specifically. If you think OPP is a factor, then review my posts on that subject but it is not an economic factor in commercial sheep production. That being said let's go to...

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