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Feeding and careful management produce quality lambs
North Yorkshire sheep producer Martin Brown is well-known for the quality of his prime lambs and last year took a host of championship titles at leading primestock shows. He also consistently produces top-quality prime lambs, capable of earning a premium of up to £20 a lamb and with exceptionally high killing-out percentages, throughout the season. It’s been developed over the years by retaining home-bred Beltex x North of England Mule females and, as time has progressed, the level of Beltex purity has increased. While some first crosses will be introduced in the future – 180 Mule gimmer lambs are bought in each year to be sold as shearlings after producing Beltex-sired lambs – the performance of Mr Brown’s almost pure Beltex-type ewes is proving they can be run commercially and deliver high-value prime lambs without undue concerns over lambing difficulties or lambing percentages. Martin Brown and daughter Hannah say careful sire selection is vital in producing quality prime lambs.
August and September are the critical months after lambs are taken off the ewes in mid-July. Assisted lambings are a rarity as management and feeding have been streamlined to suit the type of ewe. Only lambs identified for showing are creep-fed prior to weaning in mid-July, with the first prime-lambs drawn for sale in late August weighing about 40kg. Lambs are sold through until March with creep on offer at grass until November, after which lambs are moved on to stubble turnips. The flock’s Christmas primestock winning lambs were killing out as high as 58%, but even hoggets sold in the New Year were achieving 54%.
The Browns’ 14-year-old daughter Hannah is deeply involved with the flock. Last year she was an integral part of the team when the family took the champion butcher’s lambs title at the Great Yorkshire Show among several other titles. This year has seen the family’s lambs take the heavyweight butcher’s lambs ticket at the Great Yorkshire Show as well as several titles at local summer shows. Tup selection plays a vital part in maintaining the flock’s reputation for producing prime lambs of exceptional quality.
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North Carolina is the second largest pork producer in the U.S. and home to more than 2,500 pig CAFOs. Whereas a small farm can use the waste produced by its animals as fertilizer, the massive amounts of waste produced on CAFOs becomes a toxic liability. Inspectors with North Carolina’s department of environmental quality tested 55 waste lagoons at 35 CAFOs, which revealed vastly different levels of pollutants than were reported by the CAFOs’ own tests just one month prior. In 1997, following manure spills that proved to be disastrous, North Carolina implemented a ban on the construction of new CAFOs, but the ban expired in 1997.7.
Certain areas of North Carolina are so densely populated with pig CAFOs that pigs in the areas outnumber people. Such is the case in Duplin County, which has 2.3 million pigs in CAFOs. 13 A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill revealed that pig CAFOs are much more likely to affect African-American, Latinos and native Americans, noting:14. Previous research has also revealed that pig CAFOs in North Carolina are far less likely to appear in white communities, especially those low in poverty. The excess of nutrients that runs off or leaches from CAFO waste lagoons lead to algae overgrowth in waterways, depleting the water of oxygen and killing fish and other marine life in expansive dead zones. In North Carolina, the Neuse and Cape Fear Rivers, which provide drinking water for 40 percent of the state’s residents, have been named among the most endangered rivers in the U.S.
because of the many CAFOs in the rivers’ floodplains. Choosing grass fed products like grass fed beef and bison over those raised in CAFOs is a solution that we can all take part in. The vast majority of animal products sold in U.S. grocery stores come from CAFOs, which is why sourcing your food from a small local farmer, farmers market or food co-op is one of the best decisions you can make – not only for your own health but for that of the environment and the people forced to live near CAFOs.
Guinea Pig Food Market 2018 Global Analysis, Forecast: Oxbow Animal Health, SWEET MEADOW FARM, Burgess Group PLC. Global Guinea Pig Food Market 2018 is a comprehensive, professional report delivering market research data that is relevant for new market entrants or established players. Guinea pigs are prone to several health problems and getting bladder stones are one of them. Guinea pig bladder stones are a painful problem that can be life-threatening. Once you know your pig has bladder stones they should not be ignored.
Bladder stones in guinea pigs can be big or small and can stay in the bladder or get stuck in the urethra. Sometimes stones are so small that they can be passed when your guinea pig urinates but more often than not they either get stuck in the urethra or cause irritation to the bladder tissue. Diet and water intake may play a role in bladder stone formation, but just like in people, we don’t know 100% of the time what causes guinea pig bladder stones to form. You can start by making sure your guinea pig diet is the best it can be, offer clean water and make sure your cavy is drinking it, and get your guinea pig spayed or neutered. An exotics vet will be able to positively diagnose your guinea pig with bladder stones after doing a physical examination and possibly a urinalysis and/or radiographs.
If there is a stone stuck in the trigone or the urethra your vet may try to remove it under sedation or try to push it back up into the bladder by using a catheter so that your guinea pig can at least urinate for the time being or before going to surgery. Regardless of your specific bladder stone situation, guinea pigs that have stones should be kept comfortable and as stress-free as possible. If your guinea pig lives with another pig bring that pig along to the vet, offer UVB lighting during the day, and ask your vet for guinea pig specific pain medications and/or anti-inflammatories.