What is Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)?

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a unique and somewhat controversial nutrient.  Linoleic acid is an essential polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid.  It necessary for the proper functioning of the human body but cannot be produced internally.  It must be obtained from the diet. The word conjugated refers to the unique structure of this particular form ofContinue reading “What is Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)?”

Breeds of Livestock

The varied livestock breeds of the world have fascinating histories and characteristics.  Many country living enthusiasts have spent enjoyable hours researching their favorite breeds. One good source of information is the Breeds of Livestock site put together by Oklahoma State University.  This is a handy online encyclopedia-type reference packed with facts about both popular andContinue reading “Breeds of Livestock”

Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners

If you keep animals long enough, you will eventually become acquainted with some basic veterinary first aid. Here’s a book that can make the learning process a little smoother. Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners by C. E. Spaulding, DVM, and Jackie Clay contains information on all common farm animals: Cattle. Goats. Sheep. Horses. Pigs. Poultry.Continue reading “Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners”

Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats

Are you considering getting a dairy goat?  Before you get started, you might want to read this handy guide from Storey Publishing. Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats by Jerry Belanger and Sara Thomson Bredesen covers all the basics: Breeds. Purchasing goats. Housing. Fencing. Feeding. Grooming. Health. Breeding. Milking. Keeping records. Along the way, youContinue reading “Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats”

Body Condition Scoring: Goats

The body condition scoring system for goats varies widely. Both five-point and nine-point scales are in use, but the five-point scale appears to prevail and will be given here. The techniques are pretty straightforward; just remember that hair can be misleading. A hands-on evaluation is always best. Emaciated. Goat obviously weak. All bones prominent; sternumContinue reading “Body Condition Scoring: Goats”

Body Condition Scoring: Dairy Cattle

The body condition scoring system for dairy cattle is slightly different than that commonly used for beef cattle. Scores are based on a five-point system, with 1 being emaciated and 5 being fat. To allow for more precise assessment, however, dairy cattle are typically assigned scores in 0.25 increments. Dairy cattle are scored as follows:Continue reading “Body Condition Scoring: Dairy Cattle”