U.S. Goat Imports are on the Rise

By: Bloomberg News

Growing demand for goat meat in the U.S. from ethnic minority groups and foodies has made an unlikely export superstar for Australian farmers, with exports surging to a record.The value of goat meat shipments from Australia, the world’s biggest exporter, jumped 38 percent to A$277 million ($218 million) last year, with the U.S. by far the biggest customer, according to data provided by Meat & Livestock Australia. Overseas sales have more than quadrupled in a decade.

https://www.agweb.com/article/us-goat-imports-are-on-the-rise/

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USDA issues new national sheep and goat identification and record-keeping requirements

By: Clint Perkins

Below is a May 2 news release from the Texas Animal Health Commission regarding the new national sheep and goat identification and record-keeping requirements that have gone into effect. I wanted to help make everybody aware of this.

AUSTIN – The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) announced new nationwide identification and recordkeeping requirements for sheep and goats on March 25, 2019. Although the rule has gone into effect, there will be an education period for compliance.

FULL STORY – https://tylerpaper.com/news/business/usda-issues-new-national-sheep-and-goat-identification-and-record/article_38f4e5ae-71d2-11e9-969a-5fcd92778eaf.html

Prevent Sheep Bloat by Managing Your Flock

By: Laurie Ball-Gisch

“What does a bloated sheep look like?” was the question on the phone late Sunday evening. The question brought back some nightmarish images to my mind from the first time I saw sheep bloat: Walking out in the early spring evening to discover a ewe just outside the barnyard gates, upside down with stomach “bloated” (distended, taut like a drum) and her four legs straight up in the air. Green froth was coming out of her nostrils and mouth and she was dead.

FULL STORY – https://iamcountryside.com/sheep/prevent-sheep-bloat/

Some Guidelines to Remember when Making and Feeding Haylage

By: John Cothren

Silage makes an excellent feed for ruminant animals. However, feeding silage is much different than feeding hay. Silage, because it is much wetter than hay, is much more susceptible to deterioration. Sealed from oxygen during storage, the forage undergoes fermentation. However, when it is once again exposed to air when it is fed, it can still deteriorate quickly. Because of this, baled silage must be managed slightly different than hay.

FULL STORY- https://wilkes.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/12/some-guidelines-to-remember-when-feeding-haylage/