This article advises sheep and goat owners on the importance of colostrum, the first milk produced after birth, which is essential for the survival of newborn lambs and kids. It discusses benefits of using high-qualit More...
This video explains and demonstrates the important concept of body condition scoring in sheep. Body condition scoring is an important management tool to help producers evaluate the nutritional and health status of ei More...
This is a box of 25 copies of our popular in-field reference. The completely revised third edition of this guide contains more than 300 pages of information for forage and livestock producers and the agricultural industr More...
The completely revised third edition of this guide contains more than 300 pages of information for forage and livestock producers and the agricultural industries that serve them. We've updated selection information, n More...
This expert reviewed video depicts the proper way to tube feed small lambs. You'll learn when it's appropriate to use tube feeding, the necessary equipment, and proper techniques. Once inserted, there are two ways to adm More... Free Download
This expert reviewed video depicts the proper way to use CIDRs in a synchronized Sheep Breeding Program. You'll learn the equipment needed and the proper procedure for using the device in sheep and goats.
The rapid rise in the number of processing plants that use corn to produce ethanol has increased the availability of co-product feeds. Feedstuffs produced from the ethanol industry have now become mainstream commodities, More... Free Download
For optimal farm productivity, producers should select rams or bucks that are able to settle a large portion of females early in the breeding season and sire offspring with the genetic potential for rapid, efficient grow More... Free Download
Mycotoxins in corn and other grains can reduce performance in both ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats) and non-ruminants (swine, poultry) and can have detrimental effects on both finishing animals and reproducing males and More... Free Download
During the 2009 Indiana corn harvest, livestock producers heard numerous reports of mycotoxin levels high enough to cause concern. The main mycotoxins in feed grains that sheep and meat goat producers need to be concerne More... Free Download
Footrot is a costly disease in the sheep and goat industry. Countless producers lose time and money each year in an attempt to control it in their flock or herd. This publication describes the disease's causes and sympto More... Free Download
A sound management program to keep animals healthy is basic to production of both sheep and goats. Producers must observe animals closely to keep individual animals and the whole herd or flock healthy and productive. Thi More... Free Download
This paper will be used to give producers a general understanding of the parasites that affect their animals, how they live, and methods that can be used to lower their costs and losses due to parasite infestations. More... Free Download
This publication covers parturition—the process of giving birth—in livestock. It covers the anatomy of the reproductive tract, fertilization and pregnancy, as well as specifi information related to each speci More... Free Download
This publication discusses the complex hoof structure and the role that it plays in the overall health of an animal. A lame animal is not only in pain, but it is an extra expense that most producers cannot afford. This p More... Free Download
Estrus or "heat" is a period during the reproductive cycle when female animals become sexually receptive, signaling they are ready for mating. This publication provides information about the estrous cycles for various an More... Free Download
Scientific advances have helped sheep producers genotype sheep for potential susceptibility to scrapie. This publication discusses the equipment needed, the steps to drawing blood, post collection and handling and care o More... Free Download
This bulletin discusses factors that sheep producers should consider when evaluating the soundness of a sheep's mouth and eyes. The bulletin addresses structural soundness that is normal for the species and any variation More...
Animal identification is the basis for keeping accurate production records of the herd/flock. This publication provides information about numbering systems and identification methods such as ear tagging, freeze branding, More... Free Download