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How to Hand Raise Goat Kids

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Goats, Livestock  /  No Comments

There are a number of reasons you might be raising goat kids by hand. Back in 2000, my reason was Johne’s disease. Two of my wethers died of Johne’s, raising concerns that other animals might be infected as well. Since this was a research herd at Utah State University, management of suspect animals was very […]

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Could You Make Money by Adding a Ewe For Every Cow in Your Herd?

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  12 Comments

Recent Dickinson Research Extension Center sales caused me to ponder the concept of adding a sheep for every cow. The center sold market cows on March 9 for $68.24 per hundredweight (cwt), or $995.58 per head, and a market ewe on March 13 for $71 per cwt, or $113.60 per head. When adjusted for body […]

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Guardian Dog Success in West Texas on Large Landscapes

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Guardian Dog Success in West Texas on Large Landscapes

Can guardian dogs make a difference against coyotes and other predators, even when both the livestock owner and the dogs are inexperienced? Steve Bryns, Texas A&M AgriLife News editor shares what researchers found, along with resources you can use to get started with dogs.

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Regain Genetic Parasite Resistance

By   /  April 24, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Regain Genetic Parasite Resistance

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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