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Test Your Knowledge of Management Practices That Affect Dewormer Resistance

By   /  July 12, 2021  /  Consider This, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  No Comments

Thanks to Michelle Arnold for this excellent article! There are many important diseases in sheep and goats but none are as common or threaten the herd health as much as internal parasites (worms). Although there are many types of worms that may contribute to a parasite problem, the blood-sucking barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus) is […]

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Flerds: Sheep and Cattle Grazing Together for Predator Protection and Pasture Management

By   /  June 21, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Pigs, Sheep  /  6 Comments

Multi-species grazing isn’t just about diversifying your operation and making good use of your pastures. It can also be a way to protect small ruminants from predation!

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Pasture Management for Nutrients and Preventing Parasite Problems in Small Ruminants

By   /  April 12, 2021  /  From the On Pasture Library, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  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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