Health and Care

Information on care of dairy and meat goats, raising them and keeping them healthy. Tips on preventing parasites, avoiding toxic weeds and assessing biosecurity risks, as well as help from the Veterinary Extension and Applied Research Team.

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Successful sheep production in SW PA often takes advantage of pasture resources.
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St. Croix sheep have shown resistance to parasites and tolerance to hot weather. Photo by ARS.
Prevent Parasites Through Grazing Management - Articles Articles
Grazing management and genetic selection can help your flock minimize the impact of parasites. More
Composting Animal Mortalities Composting Animal Mortalities - Articles
Despite the best intentions and care in animal agricultural facilities there are occasional animal mortalities. More
Poison hemlock in the spring time along a fencerow. Image from Ohio State University.
Livestock Producers Should Recognize and Manage Poison Hemlock - News News
“This is the time of year when you start to notice poison hemlock in your pastures or along fence rows and roadsides. Best management practices should take place before it flowers, produces more seed, and continues to spread”. More
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Livestock Exhibitions - Articles Articles
A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk at Livestock Exhibitions. More
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors & Exhibitions
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Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors & Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Biosecurity is a series of effective measures implemented to prevent or reduce the introduction and spread of infectious disease pathogens. More
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel & Visitors
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel & Visitors - Articles Articles
A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk of individuals to dairy herds. More
Biosecurity Fundamentals
Biosecurity Fundamentals - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Fundamentals

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The basics of disease biosecurity, why a biosecurity plan should be implemented, and how to get a plan in motion. More
Veterinary Extension and Applied Research Team
Veterinary Extension and Applied Research Team - Articles Articles
The Veterinary Extension and Applied Research Team provides assistance to livestock producers, veterinarians, allied industry professionals, students and others. More
Biosecurity Overview
Biosecurity Overview - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Overview

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Farm Biosecurity: Management practices to minimize or prevent the transmission of disease within and between herds and flocks. More
Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture (Pt I) Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture (Pt I) - Articles
The first of a two part series about agroterrorism More
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm - Articles Articles

Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Information about disinfectants commonly used on the farm for disease control. More
Toxic Weed: Milkweed
Toxic Weed: Milkweed - Articles Articles
Primary toxin, galitoxin, is found in all vegetative parts of the plant. Toxins known as cardenolides may be responsible for digitalis-like signs that cause or contribute to death. More
Picture by permission of Greg Brann, NRCS, Grazing Soil Health Specialist
Keeping Animals Healthy - Articles Articles

Keeping Animals Healthy

Melanie Barkley

Here you will find common techniques producers use to keep their animals healthy and avoid having to treat them. More
Dairy Goat
Dairy Goat Production - Articles Articles

Dairy Goat Production

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn James, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Dairy goat production is an alternative livestock enterprise suitable for many small-scale or part-time livestock operations. More
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