Sheep and Goats Articles

How Much Should I Spend on Marketing Mastering Marketing - May 2017
Selling On-line, a 24/7 Opportunity Mastering Marketing - February 2017
Marketing and Branding ─ Color it “SOLD” Mastering Marketing - November 2016
Who’s the Boss Mastering Marketing - April 2016 A primary attribute often given for being self-employed is “I’m my own boss.” But, business guru Peter Drucker stated, “The purpose of a business is to have a satisfied customer”. So, whether you’re a farmer, producer, or other type of small business owner; who’s the boss in your business?  Is it you, your customers, or both?
Marketing— The Root of All Profits Mastering Marketing - March 2016 I’ve written, taught, and executed marketing ideas and plans for some time now. But, after pages and pages of text and theories, I’ve found marketing really boils down to a couple key concepts executed over three similar categories.  And, marketing is truly the root of all profits in any business.
Understanding Agricultural Liability: Livestock and Other Animals (FS-990) Understanding Agricultural Liability: Livestock and Other Animals (FS-990, 2014), discusses potential liability for livestock and other animals you may have on the farm.  Typical theories for liability would include strict liability and negligence.  This publication walks you through previous Maryland court ca
Abomasal Bloat Abomasal bloat (tympany) is a common health problem affecting artificially-reared lambs and kids, especially hand-fed ones. Some farms have experienced death losses as high as 25 to 30 percent [3]. On other farms, it is a sporadic disease. While the mechanism... more>>
In defense of on-farm slaughter: Legalities and discussion With the exception of dairy products, red meat is probably the most regulated food in America. In the United States, there are four levels of meat inspection: federal (USDA), state, custom-exempt, and personal exemption (on-farm slaughter).
Ration Balancing Software for Sheep & Goats Feed is the single largest cost associated with raising small ruminants. Sheep and goat producers should balance (or evaluate) feed rations to make sure they are meeting the nutritional requirements of their animals. Ration balancing can ensure optimal animal performance, prevent nutritional problems, and manage feed costs.
Slowing Dewormer Resistance Dewormer resistance is inevitable, but the rate at which it develops is not.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Is it an effective natural anthelmintic for sheep and goats?  A review of the scientific literature
Comparing Feed Costs   It is getting increasingly expensive to feed sheep, goats, and other livestock. Even if you grow your own feed, there can be significant costs, including opportunity costs (selling the feed vs. feeding it). All producers should know how to compare feed costs and balance least-cost rations for their animals.
Hydroponic Fodder — Is it a viable option for feeding sheep, goats and other livestock?   Although the methods of hydroponic fodder production date back to the 1930's, there is renewed interest in hydroponic fodder as a feedstuff for sheep, goats, and other livestock. Hydroponics is a ...  more ››              
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