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USDA Agronomist Tibor Horvath holds up water samples from different forms of soil conservation methods

*This is part 3 of 9 from The Urban Difference: Report 2018

Herd Health is Key to Sustainability

Although goat and sheep producers continue to face challenges when it comes to animal health, applying best management practices leads to greater profits and long-term sustainability.

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University has spent the last 15 years educating small ruminant farmers about best management practices, particularly when it comes to animal health. Enhanced herd health leads to greater sustainability, and it enables sheep and goat owners to keep more of the money they earn from selling animal products such as fiber, milk, cosmetics, and meat.

Participants in the Alternative Livestock Production and Pet Ownership program, including beginner and experienced producers, veterinarians, and other stakeholders, attended workshops and hands-on demonstrations across the state. These educational activities focused on developing best health management practices such as how to reduce gastrointestinal parasitism, implement biosecurity measures to safeguard sheep and goat herds, and how to properly dispose of unwanted or unused animal medication.

More than half of the producers that participated in these programs returned post-assessment surveys that revealed a decline in animal illnesses and deaths, improved herd health efficiency in their management systems, and increased revenue profits ranging from $5,000 to more than $51,000 for the year. In addition, sheep and goat producers indicated a willingness to properly dispose of veterinary medicine.

Symposium attendee looks through a pharmaceutical resource booth.

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Part 1 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, From the Administrators
Part 2 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Urban 4-H Youth Development & Volunteerism
Part 3 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Animal Science & Forages
Part 4 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Consumer Sciences & Personal Financial Management
Part 5 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Economic and Community Development
Part 6 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Family & Child Development
Part 7 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Forestry, Wildlife, & Natural Resources
Part 8 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests
Part 9 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Human Nutrition, Diet & Health

Download the complete pdf file publication: UPN-2155 The Urban Difference: Report 2018

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