Many small and medium-size farmers face difficulties in competing with larger producers in the production of bulk commodities. While some of these farms have found success by selling their fresh products through farm-direct and intermediated markets (such as sales to retailers and restaurants), those niches are quite limited.
Researchers of the Veterinary Faculty of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University (CEU UCH) in Valencia, Spain, and Spain’s National Institute of Farming & Food Research & Technology (INIA) have designed a new protocol to improve the sheep reproduction by synchronizing heats and ovulation periods based on the use of natural hormones.
A handful of shearing schools have announced their dates for 2019.
By: Dr. Reid Redden
Although it may be a bit late this year to change your ewe feeding and management programs, I still find it important to share as you observe your flock this year. Are your ewes in a good body condition score? If not, what could you have done differently to improve? Supported by the Let’s Grow program through the American Sheep Industry, Dr’s Reid Redden and Dan Morrical provide us with some helpful tips to keep our ewes in good shape to prepare for late gestation and early lactation.
By: Janet Garman
Learning how to dehorn a goat is a task to understand before breeding, if you are preparing to keep a milking doe. Early disbudding makes the horn buds unable to become full-sized horns.
High-tannin forages can be used to help mitigate the serious limitations associated with gastrointestinal nematode (GIN) infections on efficient small ruminant production.
By: Susan Schoenian
While commercial producers usually sell off livestock before they reach their normal life expectancy, it is not uncommon for small producers and hobbyists to keep livestock for a longer period of time. In fact, some sheep and goats, with good care, can be productive and profitable for more than 10 years.