Johne’s disease in sheep and goats

By: Michael Metzger

Johne’s disease is a fatal gastrointestinal disease of sheep and goats and other ruminants (including cattle, elk, deer, and bison) that is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). Also known as paratuberculosis, this infection is contagious, which means it can spread in your flock or herd.



Wet Pastures? Do this

By: Hay and Forage Grower Staff

It’s a dilemma that happens to nearly every livestock producer at one point or another: Copious amounts of good forage to graze coupled with soils that have been saturated by unrelenting rainfall.

In such situations, business as usual may result in permanent damage to the paddock and its soils. The problem is exacerbated when summer or winter annuals comprise the forage source.


What Data are you Collecting? The Value of NSIP in Commercial Production

By: Brady Campbell

Data collection. Seems pretty simple right? Most of you are probably reading this and thinking, “we already collect data on our flock, what else could he be talking about?” As any good shepherd would do, you are probably recording the basic information such as sex, birth date, birth type, dam, sire, and individual identification on each newborn in your flock. Some of you may even be collecting birth and weaning weights to gather a better understand on the performance of your flock in the short term.


ISA to host sheep improvement seminar, tour

The Indiana Sheep Association will host a National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) educational seminar and farm tour June 15 at Tippecanoe Valley High School in Akron, and Hidden Valley Polypays Farm in Rochester.

The event is sponsored in part by Purdue Extension’s Sheep and Wool Market Development Program, as well as the American Sheep Industry. Speakers include national NSIP coordinator Rusty Burgett, NSIP producers Glen and Chris Jones and Indiana Board of Animal Health veterinarian Cheryl Miller. The farm tour will feature the Jones’ farm, located at 4750 N 450 E., Rochester.