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Pasture Management for Nutrients and Preventing Parasite Problems in Small Ruminants

By   /  April 12, 2021  /  Goats, Livestock, Sheep, The Classic by NatGLC  /  1 Comment

Thanks to Kim Cassida for this great piece. Here she focuses on practices for small ruminants, but the principles work for cattle as well. A common question among new small ruminant producers is “which forage is best for my animals?” The answer isn’t only about nutrients, but also involves parasite management and sustainable forage production. […]

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Are parasites a limiting factor in your flock/herd?

By   /  March 1, 2021  /  Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  2 Comments

The parasites that infest sheep can be an enormous drag on sheep production. Year in and year out, they probably cause more death and disease in some producers’ lamb crops than any other single factor, including predators. The days when the answer to parasite management was to drench all the sheep every month are behind […]

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Goat Kidding Tips – And an Idea for Timing Births That Works No Matter What You Raise

By   /  February 1, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Goat Kidding Tips – And an Idea for Timing Births That Works No Matter What You Raise

Back in 1998, when I was two years into my research project looking at the best ways to manage goats to build firebreaks and manage vegetation, a fellow Utah State University researcher gave me 35 does because he was done with his own research. To my project partner and I it seemed like the next […]

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Newborn Resuscitation Dos and Don’ts

By   /  January 25, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Newborn Resuscitation Dos and Don’ts

This article comes to us from the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada. We’ll be including future articles in this series that include newborn calf management practices and intervention strategies to help producers create positive calving outcomes. For those of you raising small ruminants, check out these resuscitation tips and then check the link for […]

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Ground-Breaking Treatment Prevents Parasites in Sheep

By   /  December 14, 2020  /  Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Ground-Breaking Treatment Prevents Parasites in Sheep

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service (ARS) has developed a groundbreaking treatment for barber’s pole worm (Haemonchus contortus), the number one health issue in the sheep industry. In live-animal trials, the new treatment reduced fecal egg counts by 90% and overall parasite burdens by 72%. Perhaps most importantly, the treatment impacted female parasites […]

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