Livestock

Cow in field

This section spans six principal topic areas:

  • Cattle Production
  • Sheep and Goats
  • Hogs
  • Other Livestock Species
  • Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Parasite Management for Sheep on Irrigated Pastures
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    Overview Guide


    ATTRA Soil Resources - IP556

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    Grazier's Calculator: Forage Production and Grazing Demand - IP548

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    Grazier's One-Stop Resource Packet

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    Guide to ATTRA's Livestock and Pasture Publications - IP352

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    Soil Health and Livestock: ATTRA Resources - IP512

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    Cattle Production


    Publications

    Beef Farm Sustainability Checksheet (full version, 16 pages) - IP129

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    Beef Farm Sustainability Checksheet (short version, 4 pages) - IP129EZ

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    Beef Marketing Alternatives - IP290

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    Building a Montana Organic Livestock Industry - IP346

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    Clip and Weigh Forage Yield Calculator - IP550

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    Dairy Beef - IP368

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    Dairy Farm Energy Efficiency - IP355

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    Dairy Farm Sustainability Checksheet - IP174

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    Dairy Production on Pasture: An Introduction to Grass-Based and Seasonal Dairying - IP340

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    Dairy Resource List: Organic and Pasture-Based - IP307

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    Grazier's Calculator: Forage Production and Grazing Demand - IP548

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    Grazier's Math: Matching Forage to Animal Demand - IP552

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    Grazier's One-Stop Resource Packet

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    Grazing Calculator: Extended Cow Calf Pair - IP458

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    Grazing Plan Checklist - IP551

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    Integrating Livestock and Crops: Improving Soil, Solving Problems, Increasing Income - IP475

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    Irrigated Pastures: Setting Up an Intensive Grazing System That Works - IP456

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    Multispecies Grazing - CT147

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    Natural Livestock Feasibility Study - IP347

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    No-Till Case Study, Brown's Ranch: Improving Soil Health Improves the Bottom Line - IP440

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    No-Till Case Study, Miller Farm: Restoring Grazing Land with Cover Crops - IP444

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    No-Till Case Study, Richter Farm: Cover Crop Cocktails in a Forage-Based System - IP437

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    Non-GMO Dairy Transition Guide - IP517

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    Organic and Grass-finished Beef Cattle Production - IP305

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    Pasture for Organic Ruminant Livestock: Understanding and Implementing the National Organic Program (NOP) Pasture Rule - IP374

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    Raising Dairy Heifers on Pasture - IP356

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    Ruminant Nutrition for Graziers - IP318

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    Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD - IP418

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    Small-Scale Livestock Production - IP411

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    Soil Health and Livestock: ATTRA Resources - IP512

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    The Economics of Grass-Based Dairying - IP210

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    Tipsheet: Organic Cattle, Sheep, and Goats for Dairy - IP505

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    Tipsheet: Organic Cattle, Sheep, and Goats for Meat Production - IP504

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    Why Intensive Grazing on Irrigated Pastures? - IP457

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    Links to Other Beef and Dairy Information

    Beef Cattle Production

    Beef Cattle Resources, Oklahoma State University
    Over 120 publications on all aspects of beef cattle production and management.
    Cow-Calf Management Guide and Cattle Producer's Library
    Developed by the Western Beef Resource Committee, produced by the Animal and Veterinary Science Department College of (Online, CD, and print) Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Idaho. Over 250 fact sheets for cattle producers, including sections on quality assurance, nutrition, reproduction, range and pasture, animal health, management, marketing, finance, genetics, and other natural disasters. The library is revised annually.
    Iowa State University, Iowa Beef Center
    Extensive information on beef cattle production Iowa and the Midwestern states.
    Montana State University Beef Cattle Extension Program
    Extensive information on beef cattle production in Montana, the intermountain regions, and the northern plains.
    Texas A&M University, Department of Animal Science Beef Cattle Publications
    Extensive information on beef cattle production in Texas and similar climates.

    Dairy Cattle Production

    Center for Dairy Profitability, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Educational and applied research programs emphasizing business management, human resource management, production systems, finance and marketing systems that enhance dairy profitability.
    Dairy Your Way: A Guide to Management Options for the Upper Midwest, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    Instructional booklet on housing options, grazing, organic production, custom heifer raising, value-added processing, milking center options, and entry & exit strategies.
    Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
    Organization enabling organic dairy farmers to have informed discussion about matters critical to the well being of the organic dairy industry.
    Organic Dairy Farming: A Resource for Farmers
    (2006), Jody Padgham, editor, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service. A comprehensive resource that covers organic production from nutrition to marketing, including a resource list and farmer profiles.
    Prescribed Grazing and Feeding Management for Lactating Dairy Cows, NY GLCI
    Lactating cows are a challenge to the grazing manager. This book highlights research and practice on pasture as a substantial feed source for dairy cows. [PDF/15.1MB]
    Profitable Grazing-Based Dairy Systems, NRCS
    The Organic Dairy Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Transition and Beyond
    Why Go To A Grass-Based Dairy?
    Illinois Livestock Trail, University of Illinois Extension

    Livestock Housing, Equipment, and Handling Facilities

    Beef Housing and Equipment Handbook
    NRAES
    Canada Plan Service Dairy Cattle Barn and Equipment Plans
    Corral and Working Facilities for Beef Cattle
    Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service. [PDF/1.7MB]
    Design of Ranch Corrals and Squeeze Chutes for Cattle
    Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service. [PDF/4.8MB]
    Electric Fencing for Serious Graziers
    Columbia, MO: Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service. 2005. [PDF/3.4 MB]
    Handling Livestock Behaviour, Design of Facilities and Humane Slaughter
    Grandin is America's foremost expert in livestock psychology and handling system design. Her Web site is full of resources to assist producers in laying out and building livestock handling facilities with the animal in mind. The Beef Cattle Behaviour Handling and Facilities Design Book (2nd edition) can be ordered from the Web site.
    Penn State Dairy Housing Plans
    NRAES Publications
    Watering Systems for Serious Graziers
    Columbia, MO: Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service. 2006. [PDF/6.5MB]

     

    Sheep and Goats


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    An Illustrated Guide to Sheep and Goat Production - IP330

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    An Illustrated Guide to Sheep and Goat Production (Hmong language version) Lb phau duab qhia txog kev tu yaj thiab tshis - IP345

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    Clip and Weigh Forage Yield Calculator - IP550

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    Consejos para vender a Agrupadores de Comerciantes/Cooperativas de Productores para Marketing - SP434

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    Dairy Goats: Sustainable Production - IP258

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    Dairy Sheep - IP288

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    Direct Marketing Lamb: A Pathway - IP518

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Integrated Parasite Management - IP568

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    Goats: Sustainable Production Overview - IP248

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    Grazier's Math: Matching Forage to Animal Demand - IP552

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    Grazing Plan Checklist - IP551

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    Grazing to Control Parasites - IP565

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    How Fecal Egg Counts Can Help You Fight Parasites - IP564

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    Lamb Cut Guide for Direct Marketers - IP534

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    Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats - IP293

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    Managing Internal Parasites: Success Stories - IP497

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    Meat Goats: Sustainable Production - IP200

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    Multispecies Grazing - CT147

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    Pasture for Organic Ruminant Livestock: Understanding and Implementing the National Organic Program (NOP) Pasture Rule - IP374

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    Predator Control for Sustainable & Organic Livestock Production - IP196

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    Putting a Hand on Them - How to Tell When Your Lamb is Finished - IP468

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    Sheep and Goats: Frequently Asked Questions - IP537

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    Sheep: Sustainable and Organic Production - IP102

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    Simple Genetic-Selection Strategies to Manage the Barber Pole Worm - IP567

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    Small Ruminant Checksheet Quick Start - IP259

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    Small Ruminant Resources - RL043

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    Small Ruminant Sustainability Checksheet - IP254

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    Small Ruminant Toolbox Flash Drive - IP474

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    Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD - IP418

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    Small-Scale Livestock Production - IP411

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    The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator for the Lamb Direct Marketer - IP530

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    Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Dairy - IP396

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    Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Fiber - IP397

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    Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Live Animals - IP398

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    Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Meat - IP399

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    Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Vegetation Management Services - IP403

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    Tips for: Managing Internal Parasites - IP499

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    Tips for: Preventing Internal Parasites - IP500

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    Tips for: Treating Internal Parasites - IP498

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    Tips for: Working with a Veterinarian - IP496

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    Tipsheet: Organic Cattle, Sheep, and Goats for Dairy - IP505

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    Tipsheet: Organic Cattle, Sheep, and Goats for Meat Production - IP504

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    Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Animal Selection - IP400

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    Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Copper Wire Particles - IP317

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    Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Pasture Management - IP401

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    Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Sericea Lespedeza - IP316

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    Why FAMACHA Score? - IP562

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    ⇒ Tutorials

    What Sheep and Goats Can Do for You
    Part 1 – Selecting Animals
    Part 2 – Fencing and Equipment
    Nutritional Needs of Sheep and Goats
    Health
    Breeding and Reproduction
    Controlling Internal Parasites
    Multispecies Grazing
    Checksheet Overview/Whole Farm Planning


    Links to Other Sheep and Goat Information

    American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control
    American Sheep Industry Association Educational Webinars
    Langston University online goat certifications
    Livestock Guardian Dogs
    Maryland Small Ruminant Page
    National Goat Handbook
    University of Maryland [PDF/968KB]
    Principles of Sheep Dairying in North America (PDF)
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    Sheep and Goat Marketing

     

    Hogs


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    Clip and Weigh Forage Yield Calculator - IP550

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    Grazier's Math: Matching Forage to Animal Demand - IP552

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    Grazing Plan Checklist - IP551

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    Hooped Shelters for Hogs - CT149

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    Pork: Marketing Alternatives - IP153

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    Raising Organic Pigs: A Guide to USDA Certified Organic Requirements - IP185

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    Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD - IP418

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    Small-Scale Livestock Production - IP411

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    Tipsheet: Organic Pig Production - IP510

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    Links to Other Hog Information

    Conservation Planning Considerations for Outdoor Swine Operations
    NRCS Webinar
    Iowa State University: Hoop Structures for Swine
    This site includes some research results of interest to anyone considering hoop housing for swine.
    Managing for Herd Health in Alternative Swine Systems: A Guide
    Missouri Swine Resource Guide
    National Pork Board: Niche Pork Specialty Producers
    This user-friendly site allows you to find a processor or producer (or be listed as one), locate articles and resources, newsletters, and more. You will find information for producers and processors, chefs and retailers, and consumers. Producers who want to market to retailers will appreciate the support materials provided on this site.
    National Swine Nutrition Guide
    The 2010 National Swine Nutrition Guide is a practical publication containing nutrient recommendations and feeding guidelines. The guide consists of nutrition factsheets and diet formulation and evaluation software. The guide was written as a collaboration between university swine nutritionists and swine industry specialists.
    Niche Pork Production Handbook (PDF)
    Outdoor Hog Production: Best Practices for Resource Conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area
    Pork Information Gateway
    While there is information for large integrated and contract growers, there are also good fact sheets about feeding, gestation, pastured pigs, immunization, and swine diseases specific to pastured systems.
    Virginia Cooperative Extension: Producing Niche Market Pork
    This is a very concise and well-done article that hits on some of the key issues to consider before entering this business.

     

    Other Livestock Species


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    Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees - IP126

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    Beekeeping/Apiculture - IP229

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    Clip and Weigh Forage Yield Calculator - IP550

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    Draft Animal Power for Farming - IP335

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    Grazier's Math: Matching Forage to Animal Demand - IP552

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    Grazing Calculator: Suri Alpaca Females, 100 Days Prepartum - IP532

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    Grazing Calculator: Suri Alpaca Males, Non-Breeders - IP531

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    Grazing Calculator: Suri Lactating Females - IP533

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    Grazing Plan Checklist - IP551

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    Llamas and Alpacas on the Farm - IP430

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    Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD - IP418

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    Small-Scale Livestock Production - IP411

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    Small-Scale Sustainable Rabbit Production - IP445

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    Vermicomposting: The Basics - IP454

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    Worms for Bait or Waste Processing (Vermicomposting) - IP110

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    Links to More Information on these Species

    Alpaca Owners Association Inc
    American Beekeeping Federation
    American Emu Association
    American Honey Producers Association
    American Rabbit Breeders Association
    Biological Control: Native Plants and Ecosystem Services
    From Michigan State University.
    Bison Pastures and Grazing Management
    Government of Saskatchewan
    Commercial Rabbit Production
    [PDF/152KB]
    Cornell Vermicompost Research
    Draft Animal Power Network
    Fencing for Horses, UGA Extension
    Horse Forage and Forage Management, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
    Manual of On-Farm Vermicomposting and Vermiculture
    Courtesy of OACC, Canada [PDF/955KB]
    North Carolina Extension: Pollinator Conservation
    Ohio State's Earthworms and Vermiculture Publications
    Pasture Management Guide for Horse Owners
    Rabbit Production
    Courtesy of Mississippi State Extension
    The Xerces Society - Bees
    Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes, & Environmental Management
    Courtesy of Rhonda Sherman, NC State University.

     

    Parasite Management for Sheep on Irrigated Pastures


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    Frequently Asked Questions about Integrated Parasite Management - IP568

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    Grazing to Control Parasites - IP565

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    How Fecal Egg Counts Can Help You Fight Parasites - IP564

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    Simple Genetic-Selection Strategies to Manage the Barber Pole Worm - IP567

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    Why FAMACHA Score? - IP562

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    Animal Health and Nutrition


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    Clip and Weigh Forage Yield Calculator - IP550

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    Coccidiosis: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment in Sheep, Goats, and Calves - IP491

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Integrated Parasite Management - IP568

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    Grazier's Calculator: Forage Production and Grazing Demand - IP548

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    Grazier's Math: Matching Forage to Animal Demand - IP552

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    Grazier's One-Stop Resource Packet

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    Grazing Calculator: Extended Cow Calf Pair - IP458

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    Grazing Plan Checklist - IP551

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    Grazing to Control Parasites - IP565

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    How Fecal Egg Counts Can Help You Fight Parasites - IP564

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    Irrigated Pastures: Setting Up an Intensive Grazing System That Works - IP456

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    Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats - IP293

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    Managing Internal Parasites: Success Stories - IP497

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    Monitoring Checklist - IP553

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    No-Till Case Study, Brown's Ranch: Improving Soil Health Improves the Bottom Line - IP440

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    No-Till Case Study, Miller Farm: Restoring Grazing Land with Cover Crops - IP444

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    No-Till Case Study, Richter Farm: Cover Crop Cocktails in a Forage-Based System - IP437

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    Nutrición para Rumiantes en Pastoreo - SP318

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    Organic Livestock Feed Suppliers Database - IP171

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    Parasite Management for Natural and Organic Poultry: Blackhead in Turkeys - IP372

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    Parasite Management for Natural and Organic Poultry: Coccidiosis - IP245

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    Pastured Poultry Nutrition and Forages - IP453

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    Putting a Hand on Them - How to Tell When Your Lamb is Finished - IP468

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    Ruminant Nutrition for Graziers - IP318

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    Simple Genetic-Selection Strategies to Manage the Barber Pole Worm - IP567

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    Small-Scale Sustainable Rabbit Production - IP445

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    The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator for the Lamb Direct Marketer - IP530

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    Tips for: Managing Internal Parasites - IP499

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    Tips for: Preventing Internal Parasites - IP500

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    Tips for: Treating Internal Parasites - IP498

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    Tips for: Working with a Veterinarian - IP496

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    Tipsheet: Living Conditions, Facilities, and Handling for Organic Livestock - IP506

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    Tipsheet: Organic Approach to Animal Health - IP507

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    Tipsheet: Organic Management of Internal and External Livestock Parasites - IP503

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    Tipsheet: Organic Pig Production - IP510

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    Tipsheet: Treatment of Sick or Injured Organic Livestock - IP406

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    Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Animal Selection - IP400

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    Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Copper Wire Particles - IP317

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    Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Pasture Management - IP401

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    Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Sericea Lespedeza - IP316

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    Why FAMACHA Score? - IP562

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    Why Intensive Grazing on Irrigated Pastures? - IP457

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    Links to Other Animal Health and Nutrition Information

    Alternative and Herbal Livestock Health Sourcebook
    University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Plant Science. Includes links to resources on alternative livestock health. [PDF/1.76MB]
    Alternative Treatments for Ruminant Animals
    Courtesy of Paul Dettloff, DVM. Available for online ordering.
    Beef Cattle Nutrition Workbook
    From Oregon State University Extension.
    Farm Health Online
    Langston University, Agricultural Research and Extension Programs
    Includes Goat Nutrient Requirement Calculators and Nutrient Requirements for Goats
    Livestock Guardian Dogs
    Livestock Guardian Dogs Association
    Maryland Small Ruminant Page: Feeding and Nutrition
    Merck Veterinary Manual
    Online text version is an authoritative reference for animal health, disease, and management information.
    Mortality Composting
    Information on composting, disposal, and burial of dead animal carcasses and offal.
    National Swine Nutrition Guide
    The 2010 National Swine Nutrition Guide is a practical publication containing nutrient recommendations and feeding guidelines. The guide consists of nutrition factsheets and diet formulation and evaluation software. The guide was written as a collaboration between university swine nutritionists and swine industry specialists.
    Penn State University Dairy Cattle Nutrition
    Treating Dairy Cows Naturally
    Hubert Karreman, Penn Dutch Cow Care, 2007.

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