Q Fever

By D. Van Metre, Colorado State University Extension

Q fever is an infectious disease of animals and humans caused by a species of bacteria called Coxiella burnetii. This organism is very durable – it can survive for months in the environment. Sheep, goats, and cattle can carry the organism. The bacteria can be shed by these animals in feces, urine, milk, and in the birthing fluids and membranes. Animals that carry this organism and shed it into the environment usually do not show any signs of disease.



Experts to discuss improved forage varieties and disease prevention at Indiana Forage Council’s annual seminar


By Purdue Agricultural Communications Extension

As part of its annual meeting and seminar on March 20, the Indiana Forage Council (IFC) has invited two industry experts to discuss forage practices that can keep livestock healthy and improve overall quality and profitability.

The public is invited to attend the presentations during the IFC’s annual meeting, which will be held March 20 at the Hamilton County Community Building, 9090 East 131st St., Fishers. The annual meeting for members and guests starts at 4:30 p.m. and is followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The seminar, featuring Stratton and Wilson, begins at 7 p.m.


How to Grow a Goat Grazing Business Part 1

By Tammy Dunakin, On Pasture

In 2004, I opened Rent-A-Ruminant LLC Western Washington State. I started with a handful of goats, no experience and not a clue how to start and run the business. There were only two of us goat rentals in the State of WA at the time. It was still a fledgling industry and took a while for it to really take hold and take off. Once it did however, I became as busy as I wanted to be and to date I’m working about 30 days a month April through October grossing between twenty and twenty five thousand dollars a month. I operate a herd of either 60 or 120 goats.