COULD CROSS BREEDING INCREASE GOAT KID VALUE?

BY JOHN HIBMA

Is there any value in breeding dairy does with a Boer or other meat goat buck to produce crossbred kids? This is a question with as many different answers as there are breeders. A management style appropriate for one goat herd might be completely unacceptable to another and vice-versa. For those who have dairy goat herds and focus on maximizing milk production and genetics, the idea of crossbreeding with a meat breed just seems to make little or no sense at all. But for others, crossbreeding can be used as a management tool with a variety of purposes…

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Q FEVER IN GOATS, SHEEP, AND PEOPLE

BY DONAL O’TOOLE

Wyoming has had three episodes of laboratory confirmed Q fever in animals since 2000. Cases occurred in the towns of Hulett, Powell and Wright. In each case, goats were infected and people were exposed. In the Wright episode, people were infected and developed clinical illness.

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WHY THE PENTAGON IS HELPING RAISE BABY GOATS

BY KIM PETERSON

The Pentagon would seem like the last place to go for fashion advice. But for the last two years, a task force at the U.S. Department of Defense has been deeply involved in introducing Afghan cashmere to the international fashion market.

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EXPERTS TO ADDRESS CHANGING AG MARKET CONDITIONS ON FRIDAY

BY THE SHEEP SITE

US – Agricultural economists from Purdue University will offer farmers and livestock producers some timely guidance on rapidly changing market conditions and a look ahead to the 2015 season in a free webinar this Friday (31 October).

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TEXELS DRIVE GENETIC INNOVATION IN UK SHEEP INDUSTRY

BY THE SHEEP SITE

Thanks to a £450,000 project award from the Technology Strategy Board, BTSS will be using the very latest genomic technology to investigate the role of genetics in controlling the disease.

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OUR NEW TWITTER ACCOUNT

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Purdue University’s Sheep and Goat blog has launched it’s own Twitter account! If you have a Twitter, please follow us at @PUsheepngoats !

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HOW TO TRIM GOAT HOOVES


BY OSUMEATGOAT
This is an educational presentation that shows producers how to trim a goat hoof. Dr. Gene Parker shows the tools needed and the process used to trim goat hooves. This is one of the sessions taught during the Oklahoma Meat Goat Boot Camp.

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