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Animal Health

Selenium: Essential for Livestock Health

Tragically, the first time some livestock producers hear the term “White Muscle Disease” is during the necropsy of one of their animals. What causes this serious disease and more importantly, how can it be prevented?…

Preventing Navel Ill

Using iodine on the navel of any newborn farm animal is an important management practice for the prevention of navel ill.  The navel of the newborn is basically a hollow tube which leads directly into…

Biosecurity: For the Sheep Shearer

Biosecurity is defined as management practices that protect the herd and farm personnel from the entry of disease agents and minimize the spread or adverse effects of diseases currently in the herd. For on- farm…

 

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Nutrition

Nutritional Flushing of Small Ruminants

Introduction Flushing isn’t just an aspect of indoor plumbing—it’s also part of a well- managed flock’s nutrition and reproduction program. This article will address the whys and hows of flushing sheep and goats. Flushing Defined…

Trace Element Deficiencies in Ruminants

Copper deficiency and selenium deficiency are the two major problems in Washington State. We have found no evidence of cobalt or zinc deficiencies in this region in our field studies. SELENIUM DEFICIENCY A number of…

 

Carcass/Performance

WSU Livestock Carcass Grade & Cutability Calculator

Download Now Available on both Android and iOS WSU Livestock Carcass Grade & Cutability Calculator is a simple way to calculate carcass yield grade, dressing percentages, and cutability of beef, pork and lamb carcasses.  Individuals…

 

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General

Do You Have Lousy Animals?

As we enter the colder, darker, damper time of year, we will be re-visited by a pest from the past: lice. An annual problem, lice can affect animal health and farm profitability. Here is a…