The Benefits of Studying a Domestic Goat with an Interesting History

By Dennis O’Brien, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

In much of the developing world, goats are essential for survival and are highly valued for their meat, milk and hides. So it should come as no surprise that Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and academic and industry colleagues, working with DNA from a domestic goat, used new technologies to develop a vastly improved and relatively inexpensive reference goat genome. This information will serve as a kind of instruction manual for scientists showing them how to use the same technologies to lower the cost of developing improved livestock genomes.


Industry Gears Up for Easter

By Julie Stepanek-Shiftlett, Sheep Industry News

Easter is the lamb industry’s most important holiday. Leg sales averaged about $1 million weekly last year and spiked to $12 million during Easter – 21 percent of total annual leg sales. About 150,000 lbs. of legs sold weekly and climbed to 2.2 million lbs. during Easter. The industry is in good shape for Easter, but there is some concern post-Easter.


Protect sheep and goats with CDT vaccine


By Peggy Coffeen, Agri-View

Failing to arm sheep and goats disease protection is a bit like heading into a tackle football game with no helmets or pads. Less protection means greater risk. Vaccines are an important component in suiting up small ruminants to hit the field – or pasture. At minimum, sheep and goats of all ages and stages should be protected from clostridial diseases.