BY CODY W. FAERBER
Regular hoof trimming is an essential part of raising small ruminants. Depending on the environment the sheep or goats live in and the diet they are fed, some animals require that their feet be trimmed every 6 weeks to 2 months. A minimum of 2-3 times a year is essential for almost all animals no matter their diet or environment. Animals that are fed a high energy and protein diet tend to have hooves that grow more rapidly. Animals that have access to hard surfaces and play areas will naturally wear down the hoof and require less frequent trimmings. Some small ruminant owners will feed on a roughened concrete surface to help the hooves naturally wear down. Care should be taken to avoid trimming feet of ewes/does during late gestation.
BY SARAH KNAPTON
Scientists at the University of Swansea have discovered the algorithm for herding sheep which they claim could be used to programme robots to move livestock or control crowds
BY LYDIA DEPILLIS
Family farmers are struggling in the new world of livestock shows, where the best animals are bought online.
BY SAYDE J. UERKWITZ
This year’s Forage Management Workshop will be held September 4 at the Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training Center from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Keith Johnsons, Forage Extension Specialist and Forage Management Workshop program leader, said each year at the Forage Management Field Day a variety of topics are covered.
To register for the field day visit www.ag.purdue.edu/agry/dtc/Pages/forage.aspx
BY LEWIS KAHN
A major effect of worms on sheep is to reduce nutrients that the sheep would normally use to grow meat and wool. This can happen in several ways.
A shepherd from Perthshire expected to sell his best ram for £40,000. When it fetched £152,000, he was astounded.
BY TOM ROWLEY
Photo by Catherine MacGregor