BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The new Illini Sheep Short Course — Ovine 365 creates a forum for both those new to the sheep business, as well as those experienced producers who are looking to enhance their production and success in the sheep business.
By: Kathy Voth
There are a number of reasons you might be raising goat kids by hand. Back in 2000, my reason was Johne’s disease. Two of my wethers died of Johne’s, raising concerns that other animals might be infected as well.
By: Tracey Erickson
Vaccines are a vital part of keeping all livestock healthy. Vaccines help in the prevention of disease, which results in less utilization of antibiotics due to fewer sick animals.
By: Susan Schoenian
For sheep to survive in Florida’s humid, sub-tropical climate, they have to have some degree of parasite resistance. Otherwise, they’ll constantly struggle with parasites (worms) and/or need to be raised in confinement. Several of the breeds raised in Florida strive to meet this requirement
By: Mike Metzger
Most goats and sheep spend most of their time outside, but livestock that live outside may need special care when the winter weather sets in.
By: Kathy Voth
Here are some general management strategies for maintaining or improving the condition of your pastures while optimizing forage utilization by livestock. Those of you who have both introduced pastures (such as bermudagrass or plains bluestem) and native grass pastures have the luxury of lengthened rest periods on your native grass pastures.
Researchers at Texas A&M University compared the efficacy of two anti-coccidia drugs. One hundred and fifty young goats, housed on concrete lots, were randomized to received either amprolium (50 mg/kg once a day for 5 days by mouth) or ponazuril (10 mg/kg by mouth once) if they had fecal oocyst counts >5,000 per gram.