It seems that in our part of the country—west central Iowa, that is—Cache Valley Virus (CVV) has been most prevalent just in the last couple of years.
Looking back on it, it all seems pretty obvious now. Of course the problem in my flock was Ovine Progressive Pneumonia (OPP). I have had sheep with just about all the symptoms, but it took me a few years to notice it and a few more to figure out how to deal with it.
Most people in the sheep industry are probably aware of the changing landscape of both this commodity and all of agriculture. Producers have more marketing options than ever before; currently, non-traditional markets make up 30% of sheep sales in the U.S.
The link below is a table detailing the FDA approved anthelmintics. Not all of the anthelmintics listed are labeled for sheep. Check the FDA approved species column (4th from left) to make sure it is safe to use with sheep.
After subscribing to The Shepherd magazine for more than a decade, and keeping every back issue as a resource, I was disappointed when I received the December 2011 issue and read that the magazine was going to be discontinued.
I wouldn’t necessarily say I traded-in my high-heeled shoes for a bent pitchfork and a pair of mukluks because I suspect I don’t even own a pitchfork.