When is the right time to administer clostridial vaccines to my flock?

By: Niall Claffey

Lambing is fast approaching on many mid-season lambing flocks. Given this, it’s an ideal time to undertake clostridial vaccinations.



Johne’s disease in sheep and goats

By: Michael Metzger, Michigan State University Extension

Johne’s disease is a fatal gastrointestinal disease of sheep and goats and other ruminants (including cattle, elk, deer, and bison) that is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). Also known as paratuberculosis, this infection is contagious, which means it can spread in your flock or herd.


Diclazuril Effective Against Coccidiosis

Spanish researchers divided 101 kids, 2-4 weeks of age, naturally-infected with Eimeria spp. into five treatment groups. Different doses (1 and 2 mg/kg) of diclazuril (Vecoxin®) were given at either 3 weeks of age (single treatment) or 3 and 5 weeks of age (double treatment). Fecal oocyst shedding and body weights were monitored at two week intervals for six weeks.


Winter Feeding of Small Ruminants

By: Chelsey Ahrens

Knowing the nutritional requirements of females during the various stages of production allows producers to ensure females are performing at optimal levels. Since females are typically in late gestation and/or lactating during the winter months, when their nutritional needs are the highest, it is even more important to ensure the females are obtaining the proper roughages and/or grains in their diets. Below are some general rules of thumb to consider for your females during the various stages of production.