A mountain goat stands on the edge of the road near the summit of Mount Evans on Thursday, July 5, 2012. The Forest Service recently decided to no longer charge visitors to Mount Evans who donÕt use the parking lots and facilities along the country's highest paved road. Stephen Mitchell, The Denver Post
Drone Sheep

Care of Goats in Severe Winter Weather

By Jodie Pennington

Management of mature goats may change only slightly in colder weather compared to routine management throughout the rest of the year. Nothing takes the place of good, routine observations for changes in feed availability, body condition scores, and health problems such as pneumonia, parasites, and foot rot. However, management will need to change in very cold temperatures, and even more so in wet, cold temperatures.


Blood Sampling in Sheep

By Becky Mitchell, Mike Neary, and Gerald Kelly

Scientific advances have helped sheep producers genotype sheep for potential susceptibility to scrapie. They can also determine if the animal is a carrier of the spider lamb gene. To run a DNA test on sheep, the most common and effective method is to submit a blood sample to the laboratory doing the analysis. Producers can get blood samples drawn by using an animal health care professional or by learning to perform the task themselves.