FOOTROT IN SHEEP AND GOATS

BY LYNN PEZZANITE, DR. MIKE NEARY, AND TERRY HUTCHENS

Footrot is a costly disease in the sheep and goat industry. Countless producers lose time and money each year in an attempt to control it in their flock or herd. If footrot becomes a problem, it takes much effort and labor to control symptoms and eliminate it. However, footrot is a preventable disease with attentive management.

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CONTAGIOUS ECTHYMA (ORF OR SOREMOUTH)

BY DVM CODY W. FAERBER.

Introduction/Causative Agent: Contagious ecthyma (CE), also known as soremouth or orf, is an acute infectious disease of sheep and goats. Contagious ecthyma is caused by a virus that is a member of the poxvirus group. The disease is widespread in the sheep population and affects all breeds. Young animals are generally more susceptible than adults.

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PREPARING DAIRY GOATS FOR WINTER WEATHER

BY DANIELLE WESTVANG

Tips for winterizing goat housing, feeding, and cold weather goat care.

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HAY QUALITY

BY JIM MITCHELL AND CARL MAJEWSKI

Many livestock species use forages as their primary source of nutrition. Therefore, it is important to provide animals with the best quality forage available. By paying close attention to the quality of forages, you ensure healthy animals and minimize the costs of purchasing concentrate feeds.

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WILD RAM HEAD-BUTTS DRONE OUT OF THE SKY, WAITS FOR PILOT TO TURN UP THEN HEAD-BUTTS HIM TOO

BY JAMES VINCENT

While human beings are busily futzing over the nuances of the personal-drones-and-privacy debate, members of the animal kingdom are taking matters into their hands – one drone at a time.

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CONTROLLING SHEEP PRODUCTION COSTS

BY GENE SCHRIEFER

As a youth in New Jersey, I recall summers when we would purchase two feeder lambs in June and grazed them through the summer, putting them in the freezer in the fall. This was my first direct experience with sheep. The idea for sheep and grazing as a viable ag enterprise for me began with a graduate course in farm management. I had the opportunity to run a series of 5year farm computer simulation models, trying different combinations of farm enterprises. My initial plan was to have a beef herd with a few sheep, each time I increased forage production, profit increased, every time I added sheep over beef cows, profit increased. I knew some point in my life I’d have to try this out and see if it worked.

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CONTROLLING SHEEP PRODUCTION COSTS

BY GENE SCHRIEFER

As a youth in New Jersey, I recall summers when we would purchase two feeder lambs in June and grazed them through the summer, putting them in the freezer in the fall. This was my first direct experience with sheep. The idea for sheep and grazing as a viable ag enterprise for me began with a graduate course in farm management. I had the opportunity to run a series of 5year farm computer simulation models, trying different combinations of farm enterprises. My initial plan was to have a beef herd with a few sheep, each time I increased forage production, profit increased, every time I added sheep over beef cows, profit increased. I knew some point in my life I’d have to try this out and see if it worked.

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