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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  /  No Comments

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  /  No Comments

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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Low-Stress Livestock Handling Part 2 – Observation, Driving and Parallel Movement With a Focus on Sheep

By   /  October 19, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Low-Stress Livestock Handling Part 2 – Observation, Driving and Parallel Movement With a Focus on Sheep

Last week we shared a video from Boyd Holden about best practices for low-stress sheep handling. Boyd is an animal handling consultant from Australia who covers handling of both cattle and sheep in a series of training videos. I appreciate his approach of starting from the beginning and then sharing techniques in little chunks like […]

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Low-Stress Livestock Handling – Best Practices for Sheep Part 1

By   /  October 12, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock, Sheep  /  4 Comments

If you’ve been reading On Pasture for very long, you’ve certainly seen Whit Hibbard’s articles sharing the ins and outs of moving cattle and other livestock. But sometimes it helps to see the principles in action. So here’s a video prepared by our friends down under, with the help of animal handling consultant Boyd Holden. […]

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