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Alternative to Antibiotic Created to Combat a Major Poultry Disease

By   /  July 12, 2021  /  Livestock, Poultry  /  No Comments

Thanks to Autumn Canaday of the Agricultural Research Service for this article. Researchers at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and US Biologic, Inc., have developed an oral solution to an antibiotic alternative that fights against poultry coccidiosis, a disease that costs the poultry industry $3.5B in annual losses worldwide. Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease that […]

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Test Your Knowledge of Management Practices That Affect Dewormer Resistance

By   /  July 12, 2021  /  Consider This, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  No Comments

Thanks to Michelle Arnold for this excellent article! There are many important diseases in sheep and goats but none are as common or threaten the herd health as much as internal parasites (worms). Although there are many types of worms that may contribute to a parasite problem, the blood-sucking barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) is […]

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New Vaccine Cocktail Protects Cattle from Johne’s Disease

By   /  June 28, 2021  /  ARS, Livestock  /  No Comments

A few months ago, I shared a two-part series on Johne’s disease. I talked about the disease itself, and my personal story of losing most of my research goat herd to it back in the early 2000s. It’s a devastating disease, and so this news, that scientists are closing in on a vaccine to prevent […]

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Flerds: Sheep and Cattle Grazing Together for Predator Protection and Pasture Management

By   /  June 21, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Pigs, Sheep  /  6 Comments

Multi-species grazing isn’t just about diversifying your operation and making good use of your pastures. It can also be a way to protect small ruminants from predation!

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Turning Out the Bulls – Later

By   /  June 14, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

Thanks to Kris Miner, South Dakota Grassland Coalition for sending on this reminder! With the traditional bull turnout date for most producers coming in the next couple weeks, the SD Grassland Coalition would like to remind cattle producers that considering a later breeding and calving season may be beneficial. In South Dakota, that means May […]

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