Using goats to improve pastures

By: Marcus McCartney

Do you have leftover fair goats, or inherited some that did not make weight at the fair?

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Care of Goats in Severe Winter Weather

Management of mature goats may change only slightly in colder weather compared to routine management throughout the rest of the year. Nothing takes the place of good, routine observations for changes in feed availability, body condition scores, and health problems such as pneumonia, parasites, and foot rot. However, management will need to change in very cold temperatures, and even more so in wet, cold temperatures.

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Do You Have Enough Winter Feed and Are You Feeding the Right Animals?

By: Victor Shelton

I often talk about taking inventory of winter feedstuff.  I’m primarily measuring dry matter, e.g. hay, pasture, stockpile, crop residue, and grazeable annuals still left.  Fall rains certainly helped to green things up and provide some new growth, but that won’t last much longer and real growth is about done and dormancy of perennials is not far off.

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What You Can’t Do With a VFD

By: Russ Daly, DVM, DACVPM

For some time now, livestock producers and veterinarians have been gaining an understanding of the new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules. These rules went into effect on January 1, 2017, and as the year progressed, livestock producers have been confronting what those rule changes mean for their own operations

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