March 20, 2017

The Silver Bullet of Parasite Control in Small Ruminants

Tired of battling parasites in your herd or flock? Here’s what three experts found to be the best solution.

March 6, 2017

Kidding and Lambing Tips For First Timers and Old Hands

We’ve got you covered with a short how-to video on kidding, some solutions for keeping kids and lambs warm and saving hypothermic lambs, and a resource for taking the next steps to low input lambing and kidding.

February 20, 2017

How to Grow a Goat Grazing Business Part 1

In 2004, I opened Rent-A-Ruminant LLC in Western Washington State. I started with a handful of goats, no experience and not a clue how to start and run the business. There were only two of us goat rentals in the State of WA at the time. It was still a fledgling industry and took a […]

October 31, 2016

Considering Raising Meat Goats? Here’s What the Market Looks Like

Thanks to Steve Bryns, Texas A&M Agrilife, for this article. Researchers at Texas A&M just finished a  six-year study proving what many of their West Texas stockmen know; properly managed meat goats are valuable property, no matter how many you have. Bill Thompson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, and Dr. Dan Waldron, Texas A&M […]

June 27, 2016

FAMACHA Score Four Sheep in 30 Seconds

Last week we shared an article about the problem of parasite resistance to worming medications and covered worming practices that may help or hurt resistance. FAMACHA© scoring is one of the tools available to help prevent resistance in your herd. It’s a test for barberpole worms (Haemonchus contortus) in your herd, and uses the symptoms […]

April 11, 2016

Livestock Guardians Protect the Flock

Some great tips for working with guardian animals along with additional resources where you can learn more, or even call a person for help!

December 7, 2015

Using Sheep and Goat Netting for Intensive Grazing

Dave Scott and his wife own and operate Montana Highland Lamb (Home Grown and Happy) in Whitehall, Montana. Dave is also a livestock specialist at ATTRA’s National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte, Montana. In this video he puts on both hats at once and shares how he uses sheep and goat netting for management intensive grazing […]

September 14, 2015

Have Goat, Will Travel (And Make Money Too!)

In this excerpt from her book “Farms With A Future” Rebecca shares the story of a start-up farmer who created success by taking his product to the people.

April 20, 2015

Body Condition Scoring For Goats

Every goat producer is trying for the “Goldilocks Goat,” the animal that is not too thin and not too fat, but just right. Here’s a video and a great fact sheet with pictures that will help you make that happen.

February 9, 2015

Fencing for Goats

Yes, this title is a joke since keeping a goat in a fence can be almost impossible. Just the same, here’s a primer on fencing goats, and some pointers for keeping a goat inside one.

November 3, 2014

Breeding Matters Part IV: Culling for Fertility

You can breed however you’d like. To be truly successful, breed for fertility, and breed for your farm. Morgan delves deeper into how.

October 13, 2014

Line Breeding is Good For Profit

A couple months ago I wrote an article for On Pasture called Breeding Matters. I briefly alluded to Line Breeding as a method of getting greater consistency and uniformity of type in one’s herd or flock. Many graziers I talk to essentially say, “So why should I care how my cattle are bred, or my […]

October 6, 2014

A Tale of Two Testes: The Boar Taint That Ain’t

Woven Meadows Farm doesn’t castrate its pastured pork so boars grow faster and give more bacon. Here’s what they’ve found out about meat taint and preventing it, along with some information about pasturing bulls, rams and bucks too.

September 22, 2014

Small Ruminant Toolbox Now Available

No, it’s not a toolbox for goats and sheep. They don’t have thumbs! Better than that – it’s a toolbox of information to help sheep and goat producers prosper.

July 7, 2014

Breeding Matters

Like many of us in the business of grass-farming for livestock production, I have been preoccupied by a persistent question; Nature vs. Nurture, Breeding vs. Management, Genetics vs. Environment, all takes on the same dichotomy. Of course the answer is unequivocally, “YES.” The functionality of an animal for our particular purposes is absolutely the sum […]

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