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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...

Frederick County Beef, Sheep, and Swine Club Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Frederick County 4-H Camp & Activities Center
Regular meeting of the Frederick County Beef, Sheep and Swine 4-H Club. If you are a member that is unable to attend, please contact Brennan Kolega by email -

Slowing Dewormer Resistance

Dewormer resistance is inevitable, but the rate at which it develops is not. It is a well-known fact that gastro-intestinal parasites (worms) have developed resistance to all of the currently available dewormers (anthelmintics) [1,2,8]. Resistance means that an anthelmintic treatment is not...

Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

Is it an effective natural anthelmintic for sheep and goats? A review of the scientific literature Diatomaceous earth (DE) , the skeletal remains of single-cell algae, is often touted as an effective and alternative anthelmintic for sheep, goats, and other livestock. DE is said to kill worms by...

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...

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 ››
Scrapies tag
The USDA APHIS VS Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC Area Office has closed and merged with the Virginia Area Office. For residents of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC, inquiries...

Junior Sheep and Wool Skillathon

Sunday, May. 5, 2013 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
Howard County Fairgrounds
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The 2013 Junior Sheep & Wool Skillathon will be held Sunday, May 5 at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The festival is always held the first full weekend in May at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. Registration will start at 8 a.m...


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