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Updates from the Cornell Small Ruminant Program

Updated 8/27/20


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

For more information:

Meat Goats

Dairy Goats


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:

Legal Entities for Farm Businesses: LLCs and Trusts

South Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Team

This 2-part virtual mini series will cover LLCs and trusts, two legal entities common among agricultural businesses. The sessions are designed to help farmers and rural landowners evaluate whether these legal entities would be appropriate for their individual situations and goals.

Cost is $10 per farm for both sessions. Register to attend the live webinars and receive access to recordings after each session.

SESSION 1: Is an LLC Right for Me?

SESSION 2: What is a Trust & Does My Farm Need One?

Risk Management Programs for the Livestock Enterprise – Nov 17.

Are you aware of the RISK management programs available to livestock entities?
Join us to learn about programs offered by USDA Risk Management Agency to help offset risk on the livestock and as a whole farm plan. This webinar is designed to assist producers in understanding and finding value in managing downside market disruption with risk tools available. We will have Tristan Peterson and his team members from Certified Crops Advisors on hand to educate our producers on the programs.

Information and registration.


Design Your Succession Plan

Four weekly Zoom sessions with CCE educators and professionals – including accountants and attorneys – will prepare you to envision, communicate, plan, write and shape the legacy of your family farm business.

When: 6:30pm-8:00pm on October 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2020
What: Remote course via Zoom with activities in an online learning platform between meetings
Cost: $60 per farm family, includes a workbook valued at $20
Registration: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/dsp_230
Registration deadline: September 30 to insure on-time delivery of the workbook.

Program details.


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.

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


Buck Semen Collection

Capra Gia Genetics will be doing a goat buck semen collection in New York again in 2020. Because of COVID 19 regulations at Cornell, they will not be collecting there. Instead, they will be collecting in Jordan, NY. If you have a buck you want collected, please contact Kelley Hines at capragiagenetics@gmail.com herebegoatslm@yahoo.com or 770-712-8465 ASAP. More information about Capra Gia Genetic’s fees and about preparing a buck for collection can be found at http://www.capragiagenetics.com/



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 October 13, 2020