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Goat Resources

Updates from the Cornell Small Ruminant Program

Updated 8/27/20

Beware of Parasitic Worms!

The warm rains interspersed with drought conditions that we have experienced this grazing season may result in sudden, high parasitic worm infections in their goats and sheep. Gastro-intestinal worms tend to love warm, humid conditions. Their eggs are dormant in the dry heat, but they start hatching like crazy when a rain finally arrives!

Also, this is the time of year to start watching out for deer worm infections. Symptoms include a constant itch that develops into a sore often situated in a vertical line coming down from one vertebrae OR neurological signs such as tripping when turning or slight drag to a hind leg.

Upcoming webinars and workshops:

Sheep & goat extension specialists in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Georgia coordinated a series of weekly worm webinars from April 24 until June 9, 2020. Each webinar covered a different topic pertaining to internal parasite control in small ruminants. A webinar on BioWorma® was also held. These webinars can be viewed at https://www.sheepandgoat.com/webinars .

For more information, visit the Small Ruminant Parasite Research website.

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FAMACHA Certification Opportunities

Cornell will not be offering any FAMACHA workshops this fall. However, you can receive your certification through either of the universities below:

University of Rhode Island https://web.uri.edu/sheepngoat/famacha/

Maryland https://www.sheepandgoat.com/online-famacha-certification

Introducing the New York State Forage Exchange!

Within New York State several regions have experienced drought conditions reducing the quality and quantity of forages produced for dairy and livestock production. To help agricultural producers locate forage to purchase, or for producers that have forage to sell, Cornell Cooperative Extension announces the NYS Forage Exchange website, nysforageexchange.com

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Dairy Goat Production
Cornell Goat Program
Housing and Working Facilities for Goats - UMass
Penn State Extension - Dairy Goat Production
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Dairy - ATTRA

Fiber Goat Production 
Angora Goat Shearing - UMass Extension
Angora Goats: A Small-Scale Agriculture Alternative - University of California
Housing and Working Facilities for Goats - UMass
Pygora Goat Shearing - UMass Extension
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Fiber - ATTRA

Meat Goat Production
Cornell Goat Program
Cornell Meat Price and Yield Calculator
Cornell Sheep and Goat Marketing Directory
Housing and Working Facilities for Goats - UMass
Meat Goat Production - Penn State Extension
Meat Goat Production and Budgeting - Ohioline
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Live Animals - ATTRA
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Meat - ATTRA

Parasite Management
American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control
Cornell Goat Program
Frequently Asked Questions About Parasite Management - ATTRA
Grazing to Control Parasites - ATTRA
How to Fecal Counts Can Help You Fight Parasites - ATTRA
Managing Parasite in Sheep and Goats - ATTRA
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
Simple Genetic-Selection Strategies to Manage Barber Pole Worm - ATTRA
Tips For: Preventing Internal Parasites - ATTRA
Tips For: Treating Internal Parasites - ATTRA
Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Animal Selection - ATTRA
Tools for Managing Internal Parasite in Small Ruminants: Copper Particles - ATTRA
Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Pasture Management - ATTRA
Why FAMACHA Score? - ATTRA

Marketing
Cornell Goat Program
Cornell Meat Price and Yield Calculator
Cornell Sheep and Goat Marketing Directory
Guide to Market Channel Selection
Marketing Lamb and Goat for Holidays - Penn State Extension
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
Meat Suite Marketing Site
Resource Guide to Direct Marketing Livestock and Poultry
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Dairy - ATTRA
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Fiber - ATTRA
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Live Animals - ATTRA
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Meat - ATTRA
Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Vegetation Management Services - ATTRA

Health
Common Diseases of Goats - Merck Veterinarian Manaul
Cornell Goat Program
Coccidiosis: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment in Sheep, Goats and Calves - ATTRA
Goat Herd Health Calendar - Virginia Cooperative Extension
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
NY Sheep/Goat Health Assurance Program - Cornell University
Poisonous Plants to Livestock and Other Animals - Cornell University
USDA Sheep and Goat Health

Nutrition and Grazing
Cornell Goat Program
Grazier's Calculator: Forage Production and Grazing Demand - ATTRA
Grazier's Math: Matching Forage to Animal Demand - ATTRA
Nutrition of Goats - Merck Veterinarian Manual
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
Nutrient Requirement Calculators - Langston University
Ruminant Nutrition for Graziers

Last updated September 1, 2020