INTERNAL PARASITE CONTROL FOR MEAT GOATS

DR. DAVE SPARKS

Two of the most common questions on the minds of many goat producers are; “when should I deworm my goats?”, and “what should I use to do so?”. Unfortunately, there are no simple answers to these questions because all production programs differ in many ways. Therefore, we will look at some of the factors that affect these answers so you can better make the decisions for your herd.

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INCREASING POTENTIAL FOR MEAT GOAT INDUSTRY

RILEY COLLINS & BRENDA REAU 

Goat is the most highly consumed meat in the world and interest is increasing in goat meat consumption in the United States. Goats slaughtered in USDA-inspected plants and goat meat imported to the U.S. has steadily increased since 1999. The increase in ethnic populations and health conscious Americans has contributed to this development. With strengthening producer education and the marketing structure, goat meat is a great opportunity for small farm producers to diversify their farm products.

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT RINGWORM

PEGGY COFFEEN

As many 4-H and FFA exhibitors have experienced, nothing puts a damper on a livestock project like a crusty patch of ringworm. While nearly impossible to completely eliminate, there are some effective methods of prevention and treatment. Larry Judge, professional services veterinarian, ANIMART, Inc., offers his advice on how to deal with this unsightly and contagious skin disease. 

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