To drive or not to drive? Wheel traffic and alfalfa yields

Posted on May 21, 2021 in Dairy Goat Performance

In our pursuit for greater alfalfa yield per acre, we created a situation of loss.  What I mean is our alfalfa variety selection process has pushed farmers to select higher fall-dormancy-scored alfalfas that recover more quickly after cuttings, stay vegetative longer into the fall, and green-up more quickly in the spring.  This is accomplished through plant breeding and selection for plants that exhibit faster regrowth.  These varieties possess the desired production traits for higher yields per acre and exhibit crowns that are not as deeply set into the soil.

Detection, treatment and prevention of coccidia

Posted on June 1, 2020 in Dairy Goat Performance

By Sarah Adamson
While any number of factors can cause diarrhea and scours, coccidia becomes the more likely cause when goat kids are between 3 weeks and 5 months of age.  Since it is nearly impossible to completely eliminate coccidia form the environment, it is best to understand the impact is has on your herd and then develop a herd-specific treatment and prevention plan.