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Retained Placenta in Sheep & Goats – Treatment & Considerations

Border Cheviot Ewe With Lambs

Normally after lambing or kidding, a ewe or nanny will expel the afterbirth or placenta within an hour or two. But sometimes the placenta can be stubborn about being released during the cleansing phase of lambing or kidding. In sheep and goats a placenta that does not evacuate the uterus after about 12 hours or…

From Bottle To Bucket Then Back To Bottle Again

Mistletoe One Month

Mistletoe is a purebred Kerry heifer calf. She was born 2 days before Christmas and was orphaned at birth. Her mother was one of my older Kerry cows and died from a prolapsed uterus just a few hours after she was born. Like most Kerry calves, Mistletoe is very healthy and very vocal. I’ve noticed…

Feeding Kitchen Scraps & Garden Waste

Pigs Eating Roma Tomatoes

Throughout most of the year our ordinary food scraps and kitchen waste will end up in one of two compost piles we keep near the garden. But during the summer months when we raise pigs the situation changes. During those months all the kitchen scraps and garden waste are fed to pigs instead of being…

Feather Loss – Molting & Treading Marks in Chickens

Buff Orpington Hens

About once a year chickens go through a molt. Molting is the time that a chicken will shed their old feathers and grow new ones. It is a completely natural occurrence and takes anywhere from 5 – 12 weeks to complete. Molting usually follows a period of heavy egg production and hens will not lay…

Joint Ill – The Care Of Umbilical Cords In Neonatal Livestock

Dipping Umbilical Cord On Newborn Lamb

Baby animals add to the delight and joy of this world and the vast majority of farm livestock are born healthy, strong and without any human intervention. For the most part nature does a pretty good job when given a fair chance. That said, there is no such thing as a 100% guarantee with living…