Our friends at National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have released some new estimates on national and state sheep and goat inventories. The overall downward trend continues, as it has been for several years, whereby many state inventories are at 2007-2008 levels. Alabama reversed the trend but inventories reflect years gone by. Good news for sellers is market prices have significantly increased during past few months.
Tapeworms in 2013 This past fall (August-early December 2013) brought about an unusual situation for goat and sheep producers, problems with tapeworms in their animals. During my thirteen years of working with goat and sheep producer this was my first time to hear of tapeworms infestations to the degree of diminished health and mortality in small ruminants. I initially thought this situation was confined to Northwest Alabama, but learned otherwise as I talked with producers in other parts of the State and producers in South Georgia and South-Central Tennessee. I also thought problems with tapeworms were confined to puppies, but have learned more through an inquiry with a local veterinarian and some research.