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Regain Genetic Parasite Resistance

By   /  April 24, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  No Comments

What is the first line of defense when parasites attack livestock? A drug (chemical) is immediately purchased and applied to the animal. Does it work? Yes, it usually does. For how long? Days, weeks, months, rarely more than one year and then the predators return. Or does the chemical become ineffective after several years of […]

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Treating Parasites in Small Ruminants

By   /  April 17, 2017  /  Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  4 Comments

It turns out, treating every animal in the herd 2 or more times a year, as many of us were taught, creates more problems than it solves. Here’s what we should do instead.

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What Do Cows Eat, and Why?

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

On its face, this seems like a silly question. Don’t we all know what cows eat?! So when Fred Provenza, as a new professor at Utah State University, chose this question for his research focus, there were some raised eyebrows. Three decades of research later, it turns out that Dr. Provenza’s research was ground-breaking, giving […]

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Spring Pasture Bloat Prevention and Cures

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  Livestock  /  3 Comments

This article comes to us from Ron Lemenager1, Allen Bridges1, Matt Claeys1, and Keith Johnson2 Purdue University Departments of Animal Sciences1 and Agronomy2. Last week they shared information on Grass Tetany to help you keep your animals safe during the spring flush. This week they’ll cover another danger of spring: Bloat. Bloat is a digestive disorder […]

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Grass Tetany Prevention and Cures

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Livestock  /  Comments Off on Grass Tetany Prevention and Cures

Lush green grass can spell trouble for your livestock. Here’s what to beware of and how to keep them safe.

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