Content tagged "goats"

Kidding Management

Goats Updated: June 17, 2014

Kidding management           Identification  

Contagious Agalactia

Contagious Agalactia is a highly contagious disease that affects dairy sheep and goats. Mainly caused by the Mycoplasma agalactiae bacteria in sheep and...

When can I breed my goats?

Goats Updated: July 15, 2013

Does should be bred at 60% to 70% of their adult weight. This is approximately 80 pounds of body weight depending on the breed.

Estrus Synchronization for Timed Artificial Insemination in Goats

Goats Updated: May 24, 2013

Based on the research and demonstration work of Dr. Charlotte Farin and William Knox, North Carolina State University, and Dr. Niki Whitley, The Cooperative...

Why is it so important to regularly trim the feet of sheep and goats?

Sheep Animal Welfare Updated: January 30, 2013

Hoof trimming is an essential part of sheep and goat management.  Flocks should be checked on a regular basis for hoof growth.  Overgrown hooves may make...

Why are goats dehorned?

Animal Welfare Updated: January 30, 2013

Please refer to http://www.extension.org/pages/32708/dehorning

Is there a list of plants that are poisonous to animals?

Goats Updated: November 20, 2012

• For a list of poisonous plants, see Goat Pastures Poisonous Plants. • For poisonous plants specifically in the southern states, see Poisonous Plants of the...

How can I prevent the spread of disease on my farm and the introduction of diseases onto my farm?

Goats Updated: January 10, 2012

Minimize disease spread on your farm by controlling varying environmental factors, such as:1. Manure contamination. 2. Dirty feeding troughs and water tubs....

What is scrapie?

Goats Updated: January 10, 2012

 Scrapie (also classified as a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy)  is a slow, progressive disorder of the central nervous system of sheep and to a...

What are some common procedures to implement when handling newborn kids?

Goats Updated: January 09, 2012

(use tincture of iodine solution to safeguard and prevent entry of disease-causing organisms. Trimming the navel cord down to a length of 3 to 4 inches may...

Should I let my animals consume any part of the yew plant?

Horses Sheep Updated: January 04, 2012

No. This is a deadly poison. Because of the extreme toxicity of the yew plant and yew parts, under no circumstance should livestock animals (horses and other...

What should I do after my doe gives birth?

Goats Updated: December 05, 2011

Ensure the kids suckle and receive colostrum "the first milk" within the first 6-24 hours after birth. Observe and note whether the doe passed placenta....

What is scrapie?

Sheep Goats Updated: December 05, 2011

Scrapie (also classified as a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy)  is a slow, progressive disorder of the central nervous system of sheep and to a...

What’s a good herd size to start out with?

Goats Updated: November 09, 2011

We recommend starting out with a smaller herd than your target size. One reason for this is that goats multiply fast once you get the hang of keeping goat...

What is considered a common number of goats to lose during a year?

Goats Updated: November 09, 2011

In a typical meat goat operation, 10% of the kids born live die before weaning.  A death loss of 5% in the breeding herd is considered normal. A typical...

What role does fencing play in your program?

Goats Updated: November 09, 2011

While it is not true that a goat-proof fence must also be airtight, to frustrated goat farmers, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the difference. This...

How critical is fencing in raising goats?

Goats Updated: November 09, 2011

Fencing is a most critical factor in raising goats on pasture. There is nothing more frustrating than having to constantly chase goats back into the...

How can I make sure my goat kids meet most of their nutritional demands when they are grazing?

Goats Updated: November 09, 2011

Frontal grazing and creep grazing can be a component of continuous grazing or a rotational stocking system. Those goats with highest nutritional demands...

Where can I get information on starting a goat-based dairy?

Goats Updated: November 09, 2011

Your local Cooperative Extension agent can help you find information on starting a goat-based dairy.  Also, you might go to  http://www.extension.org/goat,...

When should kids be weaned from their mother?

Goats Updated: November 09, 2011

It is common to wean kids when they are about three months of age if they are meat goats. However, there is a lot of variation.  Some meat kids are left on...

What is hybrid vigor?

Goats Updated: November 09, 2011

By definition hybrid vigor or heterosis exists when the superiority of the crossbred offspring is better than the average of its parental breeds.  It is a...

What are the advantages and disadvantages when choosing breed types?

Goats Updated: October 25, 2011

The choice of breed type should be influenced by the type of product to be produced, e.g.milk or meat or fiber.  Within each type there are several breeds...

How should I select replacement goats?

Goats Updated: October 25, 2011

When asking about replacement goats we are presuming you mean replacement does.  Replacements are necessary when some breeding animals have died, sold...

Should I buy virgin or more mature breeding does?

Goats Updated: October 25, 2011

Unless you are previously experienced, it is not recommended that you start with only "virgin" 9 to 14 month female (doe) kids.  Although you may know their...

What sort of goats should you look for to stock a goat production operation?

Goats Updated: October 25, 2011

Ideally, you are looking for healthy animals with a docile disposition that will be productive under your management system. Several highly contagious...

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