When raising sheep and goats (and other livestock), the importance of high quality colostrum cannot be over-emphasized. Colostrum is so important that sometimes it is called “liquid gold.” All mammals produce colostrum. It is the thick, yellowish “first milk” that is produced by the female after she gives birth (parturition). Colostrum is rich in energy, […]
Rotational grazing can be simply explained as moving livestock between pastures (often called paddocks) every set number of days or as needed. The benefits of rotational grazing are many. But, how do you get started? In this issue we explore three practical paddock configurations. Premier’s electric netting is well-suited for rotational grazing—it’s quick to install, […]
Electric fence is a psychological barrier, not a physical barrier. Animals have a tendency to move forward when first shocked. Having a barrier of substance on the opposite side of the fence during an animal’s first encounter will reduce this possibility in the field. You must train animals to know and respect electrified fence. This […]
When drawing vaccine, be sure to only stick clean needles into vaccine bottles. Using a dirty needle (one that has been used on animals) contaminates the vaccine. Always use a brand new needle to draw vaccine. Discard any unused vaccine that remains in syringes or draw-off tubes (do not return to vaccine vial). Read more […]
Thinking about putting up fence? Before you build, make sure you know where and what you want to install. The link below offers helpful insight into design and construction for Permanent, Semi-Permanent and Temporary fences for sheep and goats. Produced by the University of Illinois.
Solar units: Turn off and disconnect from the fence. Face the panel south (toward sun) and let charge for 1-2 days. Disconnect leads from battery terminals and store the unit in a temperature controlled climate. Batteries: Charge batteries to full and store in a temperature controlled climate. Batteries must maintain above a 40% charge at […]
Properly folded and rolled netting is much easier to use than improperly rolled netting. Here are the basic steps to properly move or store net.
How-to instructions on how to build double-sided or single-sided feeders using Premier feeder panels.
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.
Working away from home and still wanting to practice rotational grazing requires having the right equipment on hand. Especially if you want your underpaid spouses and kids to move the fence for you during the day.