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Best of OP – The Importance of Tail Docking Lambs

By   /  July 1, 2019  /  Livestock, Sheep  /  4 Comments

Ever had a rotten tooth pulled? I have, and it smarts a bit. But would I rather that tooth was still there, or that it abscessed and dumped toxins into my bloodstream? Not really. And that’s essentially the case in favor of docking most lambs’ tails shortly after birth. “But Bill!” you protest. “A lamb’s […]

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Polioencephalomalacia – A Danger for Young Goats, Sheep and Cattle

By   /  May 20, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  No Comments

In 2002, I was raising 60 baby goats by hand. We started them in a barn, and by Spring had transferred them to pasture where they were learning to graze. One morning, during my usual check on them, I noticed one was acting oddly. He didn’t seem to be able to see, and was turning […]

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How Do You Know If Your Livestock Are Too Hot?

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Bison, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Livestock, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Stock dogs  /  Comments Off on How Do You Know If Your Livestock Are Too Hot?

It’s hot out there, and in some places it’s really humid too! If you’re feeling it, so is your livestock. To help you figure out if there’s a problem and to do what you can to protect them, here are some tips from Rob Eirich, Nebraska Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator, and Mariah Woolsoncroft, Nebraska Extension […]

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Everything Sheep! Or Cows, Or Bison Or…..

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  Livestock, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Everything Sheep! Or Cows, Or Bison Or…..

We’ve gotten requests from those in our On Pasture Community who raise sheep to provide them with more articles. So we’ll be doing some of that in upcoming issues. In the meantime, here’s everything we’ve published on sheep over the last five years. If sheep aren’t your thing – You can find what you’re looking […]

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Sheep Can Now Safely Graze Vineyards!

By   /  December 18, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Livestock, Sheep  /  12 Comments

Vineyard managers don’t like the weeds and grass that grows between vines because they slow vine growth and grape production. Sheep graziers call the vineyardist’s problem “forage” and would love to be able to use it to grow their herds. So how can vineyard managers work with sheep growers so that they’re both happy? The […]

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