STUDY GUIDE FOR JUDGING MEAT GOATS

BY THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
Step 1: Evaluate meat goats first from the ground up and then from the rump (rear) forward. 2. Rank the traits for their importance. 3. Evaluate the most important traits first. 4. Eliminate any easy placings. 5. Place the class based on the volume of the important traits.
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PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF ANIMAL DISEASES — APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOWS

BY ROSIE NOLD, DAVID R. SMITH, AND MICHAEL C. BRUMM
Biosecurity at youth livestock shows is key to helping prevent spread of disease.
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SOREMOUTH (ORF) IN SHEEP AND GOATS

BY SUSAN SCHOENIAN
Soremouth is the most common skin disease affecting sheep and goats. It is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus in the “pox” family. Soremouth goes by many names including contagious ecthyma, (contagious) pustular dermatitis, and orf. In Australia, it is commonly called “scabby mouth.”
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GOATS HELPING HAWK MOUNTAIN TAKE BITE OUT OF WEEDS

BY ANDREW BROWN
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary hired some new workers last month and, like a lot of summer help, they are getting low wages — $1 per day. In an attempt to rid Hawk Mountain of a noxious weed called Japanese stiltgrass, the sanctuary has been leasing goats from Pennsylvania farmers.
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FEWER SHEEP PUSHES UP COARSE WOOL PRICES

GERARD HUTCHING
Prices for coarse wool have bounced back, rising 11 percent higher in the past three months.
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BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR LIVESTOCK FARMS

BY JOHN PENNINGTON, MICHAEL DANIELS, AND ANDREW SHARPLEY
Best management practices (BMPs) are land management strategies that prevent or reduce the movement of sediment, nutrients, pesticides and other pollutants from the land to surface or groundwater. They are designed to protect water quality from potential adverse effects of land management practices from all locations within a watershed. Best management practices include soil and water conser­vation practices, other management techniques and social actions developed for a particular region as effective and practical tools for environmental protection
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MASTITIS IN EWES AND DOES

BY SUSAN SCHOENIAN
Mastitis is one of the more common health problems affecting sheep and goats. Severe cases can result in death of the ewe, but more often it takes its toll in the form of treatment costs, premature culling, and reduced performance of lambs and kids.
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