The animal was born with two hind legs and five from limbs in Inner Mongolia. Its owner, Wang Jingfeng, contemplated amputating the extra legs, but has decided against it. Abnormal embryo grown is expected to be responsible for the deformity, with one in 7 million sheep being affected.
JULIE STEPANEK SHIFLETT
In January 2014, the sheep and lamb inventory in the U.S. was 5.21 million head, down 2.3 percent annually. Accounting for 14 percent of all U.S. sheep and lambs, the largest sheep state, Texas, saw its inventory grow by 6 percent in 2014 to 740,000 head. The second largest sheep state, California, saw a 4 percent drop in inventory to 550,000 head. The third largest sheep state, Colorado, saw a 16-percent contraction to 365,000 head.
Everyone has a story to tell, says Jeanne Carver of the Imperial Stock Ranch on the north-central Oregon high desert. Carver’s story, burnished with hard work and perseverance, is one of Olympic proportions. In telling her story to the American Sheep Industry board of directors meeting in Charleston, Carver posed this question: “How did Ralph Lauren find us?”
This slide presentation takes you through all aspects of goat nutrition. From nutrient requirements to deciphering labels and anatomy, this article is a great crash course on feeding your goats.
P. E. KAUFMAN, P. G. KOEHLER AND J. F. BUTLER
Arthropod pests limit production in the sheep and goat industry in many ways. External parasites feed on body tissue such as blood, skin, and hair. The wounds and skin irritation produced by these parasites result in discomfort and irritation to the animal. Parasites can transmit diseases from sick to healthy animals. They can reduce weight gains and milk production. In general, infested livestock cannot be efficiently managed to realize optimum production levels.
Feeding and management of the lamb crop is an important phase of the sheep production cycle. This is not an easy topic to discuss primarily, because there are a number of ways to grow and finish lambs. The type of feeding program will depend in large part on what area of the country one is located, what type of production system is utilized, what the marketing options are and, of course, what feed resources are available.
The lack of a well-defined, distinct, and perhaps superior meat goat breed in the United States has adversely affected meat goat production. However, genetic improvement through selection and breeding programs can produce a more desirable animal with a quality carcass that would improve the demand for the product. This publication discusses several points for the selection and care of meat goats. A sample production budget that can be adapted to a particular operation is included and is designed for producers interested in raising meat-type goats.