TOOLS FOR MANAGING INTERNAL PARASITES IN SMALL RUMINANTS: SERICEA LESPEDEZA

BY LINDA COFFEY, MARGO HALE, TOM TERRILL, JORGE MOSJIDIS, JIM MILLER, AND JOAN BURKE

Control of internal parasites, especially of haemonchus contortus (barber pole worm, stomach worm), is a primary concern for the majority of sheep and goat producers. These parasites have become more difficult to manage because of increasing resistance to nearly all available dewormers. A severe infection of barber pole worm causes anemia, bottle jaw, and if not treated, death of infected sheep and goats.

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DISGUSTING TAPEWORMS!

BY ANNE ZAJAC

While many internal parasite infections of sheep and goats can only be diagnosed with the use of a microscope, tapeworm infections are all too apparent. Tapeworm segments, either individually or in long chains, can be seen in manure or even emerging from the host animal, and are a familiar sight to most sheep and goat owners.

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GRAZING MANAGEMENT

BY ZAREBA SYSTEMS

Grazing is the method by which livestock consumes forage. When animals eat forage, they receive energy and nutrients. Grazing management is the way farmers, or ranchers, manipulate where their animals graze. If farmers use a quality grazing management system, they are able to promote rapid regrowth of forage in grazing season which helps reduce feed costs. When land is properly grazed, there is a balance between livestock demand and forage availability. Grazing management systems promote long-term pasture health.

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REDUCING HARVEST AND POST-HARVEST LOSSES OF ALFALFA AND OTHER HAY

BY JOHN IDOWU, KULBHUSHAN GROVER, MARK MARSALIS, AND LEONARD LAURIAULT

Alfalfa and other types of hay are important commodity crops in New Mexico agriculture. Growers strive for high yields of good-quality hay to serve as animal feed. High-quality forage is important to sustain and increase productivity of beef and dairy cattle and other livestock, including horses. Monetary value of losses during harvest, storage, and feeding of alfalfa hay can be considerable.

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TRANSPORT AND CARE OF SHEEP AND GOATS

BY JESSICA PEMPEK, ROGER HIGH, MAURICE EASTRIDGE, AND NAOMI BOTHERAS

Having bought sheep or goats from the sale yard or through a private sale, you need to ensure that you are prepared to provide adequate transport to your property.  It is important that you are capable of caring for your new animals, providing sufficient protection against predators and weather, as well as supplying them with a healthy environment.

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