Copper Poisoning in Sheep


Copper is one of the most frequently diagnosed inorganic poisonings of domestic ruminants.  Two distinct syndromes are recognised: chronic copper toxicity which is commonly reported following long-term liver storage of dietary copper and acute copper toxicity which is occasionally reported following inaccurate administration of copper injections.


Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions

By: Robert J. Van Saun, Ernest Hovingh, Bhushan M. Jayarao

Everyone from animal producers through consumers of animal products have a vested interest in promoting sound biosecurity practices on farms. Visitors and agricultural service personnel should be proactive and ensure that their actions do not jeopardize the health and safety of the farms they visit. Although fairs and animal exhibitions are important venues for educating the public regarding livestock, animals that return to a farm after a show, or that come from a sales/auction arena, could easily be a source of infectious agents.


Recognizing and Treating Anemia in Goats

By: Rebecca Sanderson

Anemia in goats can be deadly very quickly. There are several possible causes of goat anemia, although the treatment regimen will be mostly the same regardless of the cause. The first step in treatment is to recognize that your goat has anemia then identify the cause. The road to full recovery can take time, but without quick diagnosis and action, that recovery may never happen.


Larval survival of barber’s pole worm

By: Wormboss

Many producers are unaware how long is required to prepare low worm-risk paddocks, although surveys show most are in favour of using them. A common misconception, based on having fewer worm issues in winter, is that frosts kill worm larvae on the paddock. This is a myth. Worm larvae are quite tough and can easily survive cold, frost and snow in Australia under the protection of a pasture.


So You Want to Raise Sheep or Goats?

By: Melanie Barkley

Raising sheep or goats for profit can be a satisfying enterprise. However, there are a number of management skills that each sheep or goat producer should have to be successful. Each livestock enterprise has different resources: land, labor, capital, feed, and management. To raise sheep or goats sustainably, you must manage these resources. In addition to managing resources, new producers must ask themselves, What do I need to get started? This question involves considerations for the type of animals a producer wishes to raise as well as where to find these animals, how to select them, and what equipment will be needed for the operation.


Meat Goat Management

By: Kipp Brown

Meat goats are a growing livestock enterprise in many parts of the United States today. It is important to understand key aspects of meat goat management when deciding to produce meat goats. In this publication, you will learn about meat goat nutrition, breeding, health, and other management issues.