Livestock & Pets
This section of the website holds articles on everything you need to know about keeping pets and livestock. Choose from the menu on the left to browse our articles.
Lameness in Livestock - Part 1
Most animals on the farm will be lame at some time or other, especially the animals that live to a good age like horses, ponies, donkeys, dairy cows, pet goats and sheep.
Lameness in Livestock - Part 2:Lameness in horses, ponies and donkeys
You know how uncomfortable it is when you have a stone in your shoe or an infected toenail? Then you can imagine how painful it is for your horse or pony when he has an injured or infected foot.
Lameness in Livestock - Part 3: Lameness in Sheep, Goats, Cattle and Deer
Practically every farmer has to deal with lame livestock at some time or other. It’s a common problem in goats and sheep, and it can be a problem in cattle. Occasionally it’s a problem in deer.
Neurological signs in cattle, sheep, deer and horses
Yes, it’s a mouthful, but “neurological” just means “relating to the central nervous system”, and the central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord.
Some livestock just don’t do as well as they should, even when they have plenty of pasture.
Lumps & Bumps
Lumps, bumps, bruises and swellings of all types are all too common in livestock. So if you spot a lump on your horse or cattle-beast or sheep, what does it mean?
Abortions - ewes and cows
Abortions can occur at any stage of pregnancy, although usually only mid to late-term aborted foetuses are big enough to be noticed.
Birth problems - calving, lambing, kidding, foaling
Spring is a wonderful time on the farm. It means a new crop of youngsters - lambs and kids, calves and foals - beautiful, delicate little creatures that represent your farming future.
Metabolic Diseases Overview
In late pregnancy and early lactation, ewes and cows are under great metabolic stress. Their foetuses grow fast in late pregnancy, and after giving birth they have to produce a lot of milk.