Managing Breeding Rams During Periods of Drought

As sheep producers prepare for the upcoming breeding season, Dave Ollila, SDSU Extension Sheep Field Specialist, encourages them to give special consideration to the animal’s body condition. “Ram fertility is a key component in flock reproductive performance during periods of drought,” Ollila explained. “Reduced ram fertility may result from heat stress and a lower plane […]

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Mineral Program is the Best Investment for Livestock Producer

Paul Morgan takes his mineral program very seriously. And rightfully so. The Southern Indiana livestock producer has a lot invested in 2M Boer Goats, home to 60-70 donor does and approximately 250 recipients. “The cheapest money you will ever spend on your livestock is on a good mineral program,” Morgan said. “It is important to […]

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How to Make Your Own Mineral Feeder

Raising livestock can be a very expensive business or hobby, therefore we are always looking for new ideas that are efficient and can help reduce costs. This fantastic ideas was sent to us by the Smith Family in Ohio and we thought it would be great to share it with you as well. James Smith, owner of […]

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Preparing For Successful Lambing Part II

By Ben Neale In Part I of our Preparing For a Successful Lambing series, we discussed pre and post-lambing nutrition and the importance of having the right facility set up. When lambing season begins, there are several things that you should have on hand to make sure the process goes smoothly. There are also animal health […]

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Tips for Successful Lambing Part I

A little preparation can go a long way in the prevention of problems during lambing season. In order for a ewe to do her job, deliver strong healthy lambs, and have sufficient milk to raise those lambs it is important to provide proper gestation management. Maintaining ewes on a quality vitamin and mineral program prior […]

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