A handful of shearing schools have announced their dates for 2018 and 2019. In addition to learning to shear in a hands-on manner, the schools offer teaching on equipment, animal welfare and staying in shape for the physically demanding task. Equipment is supplied, but students are often encouraged to bring any equipment they have, as well.
By: Ashley Langreck
With the last official days of summer quickly approaching, livestock producers are beginning to prepare their animals for the fall breeding season
Another fact sheet in the Best Management Practices to Control Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants series has been published (#5). Sericea Lespedeza was written by Drs. Thomas Terrill and Niki Whitley from Fort Valley State University (Georgia).
By: Katherine A Drovdahl
Goat udders and goat nipples (correctly referred to as goat teats) come in all shapes, sizes, and sometimes with deformities. For all types of goat udders, wellness and structure are important for longevity, management, kid productivity, and rate of gain, and health factors.
The hot, dry summer has impacted parasite infectivity on farm, with both positive and negative effects. The NADIS August Parasite Forecast , sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, alerts farmers to continue vigilance in youngstock for signs of productivity-limiting worm burdens while, for many areas, the fluke risk this autumn may be lower than usual.
The Livestock Conservancy is hoping to preserve endangered sheep with its Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em program that encourages fiber artists to work with wool from rare sheep breeds.
By: Lominda Afedraru
Communities across the country are beginning to appreciate the value of farming in all enterprises not only to provide food for their families but as an income-earning initiative to improve their livelihoods.