URINARY CALCULI (WATER BELLY)

DAN MORRICAL

Urinary calculi, or water belly, a common disease of male sheep, is caused by the formation of small stones in the urinary tract. This causes the retention of urine and rupture of the urinary bladder or urethra. Includes information about contributing factors, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of urinary calculi.

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TIPS FOR SELLING SHEEP AND GOATS THROUGH PUBLIC LIVESTOCK AUCTIONS

SUSAN SCHOENIAN

According to a 2001 NAHMS study, 56.8 percent of sheep operators sell their lambs through auction markets/sale barns. This percentage is probably higher in the Eastern U.S., where direct sales to packers and feeders are less common. For example, a 2003 study showed that 73.5 percent of West Virginia sheep producers market their lambs through livestock auctions. The percentages of goats sold at livestock auctions is probably similar, though a higher percentage of goats may be slaughtered on-farm.

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