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.
The discovery could have implications for the way animals are treated in captivity.
By: Victor Shelton
I often talk about taking inventory of winter feedstuff. I’m primarily measuring dry matter, e.g. hay, pasture, stockpile, crop residue, and grazeable annuals still left. Fall rains certainly helped to green things up and provide some new growth, but that won’t last much longer and real growth is about done and dormancy of perennials is not far off.
By: Russ Daly, DVM, DACVPM
For some time now, livestock producers and veterinarians have been gaining an understanding of the new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules. These rules went into effect on January 1, 2017, and as the year progressed, livestock producers have been confronting what those rule changes mean for their own operations
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — As the season transitions from fall to winter, there are numerous items that livestock farmers must do to prepare for the changing weather.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The new Illini Sheep Short Course — Ovine 365 creates a forum for both those new to the sheep business, as well as those experienced producers who are looking to enhance their production and success in the sheep business.
By: Kathy Voth
There are a number of reasons you might be raising goat kids by hand. Back in 2000, my reason was Johne’s disease. Two of my wethers died of Johne’s, raising concerns that other animals might be infected as well.