Friday, May 23, 2014

Premier 1 May Newsletter

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Goat NewsletterMay 2014
In This Issue
    Five Steps to Better
    Pasture and
    Grazing Management
    Kidding with Confidence 
    Weaning primer
    Visit us at Mother
    Earth News Fair
    Which trimmer is
    right for you?
    For internal parasites


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Premier's booth #1570 & 1571
Puyallup, WA
May 31-June 1, 2014

Premier's booth #151 & 153
Seven Springs, PA
September 12-14, 2014

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Topeka, KS
October 25-26, 2014


Foot care of goats
Using Premier ARS 140DXRtrimmer and Trimming Stand, which places the goat at an easier height for foot trimming.
Which trimmer is right for you?
Large hands? You may like The “Premier”™.
Small hands? You may prefer the ARS 140DXR & ExoTrim™.
Animals with very hard or thick hooves? PowerParer(large flocks) or Hoof Pincher(small flocks or herds).
Most comfort? The ARS andExoTrim are viewed by many as equally comfortable to use.

How-To Videos

Trimming Hooves Video
Hoof Trimming

Trim Stand assembly video
Trimming Stand Assembly



Auto Syringe & Drencher
Using the Auto Syringe & Drencher, which refills itself between injections through a plastic tube (included) attached to bottle. 12.5 ml. Premier uses dewormers— Valbazen® and Safe-guard® Drench
For internal parasites
At Premier we deworm by drenching instead of injecting because it is:

Safer. Less risk if an animal receives too much drench. (Some injectable dewormers, if overdosed, will send animals into shock.)
More effective. Experts suggest that it kills a higher % of the parasites.
Assures a better pelt and carcass. Vaccinations can damage both.
Safer for the operator. No risk of sticking a needle into your hand.

Not sure what you need? Let us help you…

Deworming Reference Chart
Drenching & Vaccinating Products
Livestock Treatments

Goats in a field
It's kidding season! Our first set of twins for the season are pictured above. They're already right at home in one of the side pastures.
Rambunctious kids abound
For some of the residents at Premier—it seems their kids won't stop bouncing off the walls. They climb anything and everything and find more ways to get in trouble than you can shake a stick. At least they're eating the multiflora rose. Did we mention they're goat kids?

It is (and has been) kidding season for many of the goats in the area, which means herds are expanding and kidding pens are full of energetic kids (the goat type).

Premier's goats are currently enjoying lush green pasture, and they've already had their first set of kids for the season. Once all the does finish kidding, we'll walk them out to our thicket. Out there they can browse briar and bramble to their heart's desire. 

In this newsletter we've included articles on pasture grazing/management from Washington State University, weaning information from the University of Maryland as well as an extensive article on kidding from the folks at Cornell University.


Five Steps to Better Pasture and Grazing Management 
Washington State University, Clark County Extension

Grazing season has arrived, are your pastures ready? Good pastures provide forage for your animals, absorb rainfall, filter runoff, and reduce erosion, all of which protect streams. Even good pastures are susceptible to compaction during the rainy months and overgrazing year-round. Bare spots created by overgrazing encourage weed growth increased erosion, runoff, and dust, and may cause poor animal health. Although it may seem daunting, proper pasture management makes it feasible to have lush, green pastures, clean water, and healthy animals.


The Small Acreage Program is sponsored in partnership by WSU Extension Clark County and the Clark County Clean Water Program.


Kidding with Confidence 
Cornell University Cooperative Extension

Kidding season is a challenging and highly critical time for new meat goatproducers. The success of these first kidding seasons often determines whether new goat farms survive. Not only are productivity and profit limited when herds experience major health problems and death losses at kidding, but the accompanying emotional stress can irrevocably discourage new farmers. Reading books, looking at videos, and listening to experts on kidding can help prepare new farmers, but are nothing like the real thing. Assisting an experienced meat goat producer during his or her kidding season is one of the best ways to learn.

This booklet is designed to help new producers pair up with experienced producers to set up a mentoring situation. The idea is that knowledgeable, experienced farmers are often the best teachers or coaches (i.e. mentors) for new farmers. Farming is an excellent example of a circumstance where learning by emulating programs work effectively. Throughout this booklet, the word “mentor” will be used for the producer doing the guiding or coaching and the word “mentee” rather than trainee or student will be used for the new farmer.


Text and Illustrations: Dr. Tatiana Stanton, Extension Associate
Assisted by past mentees, Susan Jaffe and Nancy Weber
Technical review: Drs. Mary Smith and Pamela Karner, DVMs


Weaning primer 
by Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland Extension

Weaning is when the milk is removed from the diet of a young mammal. Usually - but not always - it coincides with separation of the young from their dam.

Weaning age varies greatly in sheep and goats, from as early as 14 days to natural weaning, at more than four months of age. Lambs have been successfully weaned as early as 14 days; kids as early as 28 days. Early weaning is usually defined as weaning prior to 90 days of age; 60 days is most common. Late weaning is anything after that.

Wean by weight
It is generally better to wean based on weight rather than age. A general recommendation is that lambs and kids not be weaned until they have achieved 2.5 to 3 times their birth weight. Artificially-reared lambs and kids should weigh at least 20 to 25 lbs. before being weaned. If lambs are being raised by their dams, they should weigh a minimum of 40 to 50 lbs. before being weaned.

Even more important than weight is dry feed consumption, as weaned lambs and kids need to be consuming enough dry feed to support their maintenance and continued growth - in the absence of milk in their diet. Their feed consumption should be at least 1 percent of their body weight at the time of weaning. Creep feeding is an aspect of most early weaning programs.

There are many factors to consider when deciding at what age to wean lambs and/or kids. These include age, season of birth, potential parasite problems, predator risks, markets, labor, facilities, and forage resources. There are pros and cons to different weaning ages.


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Sunday, May 18, 2014

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Springtime—when baby lambs make their debuts—is such a fun time on the farm! There’s much anticipation as they take their first wobbly steps around the pasture, casting their sweet grins upon their caretakers. However, along with the excitement comes much preparation. You’ll need to have certain supplies on-hand to ensure a smooth delivery and healthy start to life. Collect up your lambing essentials with help from this round-up. More »
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

An Epidemic: Mineral Deficiency in Goats

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An Epidemic: Mineral Deficiency in Goats

If you cruise the Craigslist goats for sale pictures or the various Facebook goat health groups around the United States, one common theme you will see in a lot of the pictures and descriptions of goat problems is mineral deficiency. Mineral deficiency is a widespread problem..Read More »

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Southern Missouri Sheep and Goat Conference May 10

Southern Missouri Sheep and Goat Conference May 10

By: University of Missouri Extension staff | Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014 1:34 am
University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension will host a seminar for sheep and goat producers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 10 at the Thayer Elementary School Gym, 365 East Walnut, Thayer 65791.
“The seminar will include tips and strategies to make sheep and goat producers more successful on their operation. This should be an informative meeting for anyone interested in sheep or goats, youth or adults,” said Logan Wallace, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
The BUB Ranch Buying Station, Koshkonong, Mo., has partnered with Oregon County Extension to sponsor this informative program.
Guest speakers for the program are Dr. Jodie Pennington, small ruminants specialist with Lincoln University and Mark Kennedy, a grazing consultant and retired state grassland conservationist.
The meeting will cover the following topics: Selection of Breeding Stock, Production of Hair and Wool Sheep, Health and Diseases of Sheep and Goat, panel of sheep and goat producers, Marketing, and Forages for Small Ruminants.
Pre-registration is requested with a fee of $5 per person. Registration includes lunch and reference materials. Deadline to pre-register is May 7, 2014. To pre-register or for more information, contact the Oregon County Extension Office or 417-778-7490.


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