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1Calhoun County Sheep and Goat Clinic Pt. 1 Charles Seely4-H and Youth Development CoordinatorCalhoun County
2Before Making Commitment Come up with list of goalsParticipate or Compete?This is a FAMILY project!Determine amount of money you are comfortable spending
3Facilities and Equipment Do not need anything elaborateAllow enough pen space for sheep/goat to move around (6ft x 10ft)Wire hog panels are perfect to useMake sure the pen is tall enough so the sheep/goat cannot jump outMostly/Partially coveredEnsure proper drainage
4Facilities and Equipment Allow for sheep/goats to eat separatelyKeep water buckets off ground by clipping water bucket to wire panelNO RAMPS OR INCLINES IN PENS!
6The Stool of SuccessLike a stool, having success with an animal project stands on 3 legsSelectionGood ProgramShowmanship SkillsIf one of these 3 legs is shorter or gets knocked off, the stool won’t stand and success will be much harder to achieve!
7Choosing a Breeder Determine how far you are willing to travel Check out breeder websitesAttend a sale or purchase private treaty?Establishing relationships
9Labeling the Parts… Muzzle Top of Shoulder Dock Hip Loin Rack Neck HindsaddleLegPoint of ShoulderLower LegChest FloorFore-armHockFore-ribFlankKneePastern
10Parts of a Goat Loin Rack Hip Leg Stifle Hock Knee Pastern Fore Flank Rear Flank
11Age Maturity Must have milk teeth Ideal birth months: Animals that are shown over 13 months become too mature in their look and will likely lose their milk teeth.Must have milk teethIdeal birth months:Sheep – approx months: January to 1st of MarchGoats – approx months: January to 1st of March
12Age Meeting minimum and maximum weight requirements (goats) Goats lbsSheep must weigh at least 80 lbsMilk Teeth vs. Yearling TeethMouth with Milk Teeth IntactMouth with Yearling Teeth
13Muscle Extremely Important! Start evaluation of muscling at ground Wide chested (Especially Goats)Wider tracking the betterWant them to be big down their topWant them to be as big hipped and as big from behind as we canHeavy muscled animals will always beat light muscled animals!
17StructureMaking sure the skeleton is put together correctly, is flexible, and functionalIf a sheep/goat has a minor structural flaw when young, it will continue to get worse with age and weight gainMany times overlooked by feeders
18Structure - SheepStudy the angles to the skeleton
28Rib Shape Has become very important the last ten years Dictates how wide they will be across rackLays foundation for muscle deposition over rackAffects look from the sideConcerned with how round/ how much shape the ribcage has just behind the shoulder
29Rib ShapeFlat Rib ShapeRound Rib ShapeWhich would have the better foundation to lay muscle down on through the rack?
33Selection Wrap Up Muscle Structure Balance Age Rib Shape Ask questions!!
34Questions to Ask Breeder After Purchasing When was the last deworming?Do they need a CD/T (Overeaters) shot?What type of feed are they on?What type of feed he/she recommends
35After Getting Your Project Home Have fresh, clean waterGradually switch to your desired feedWorm if needed, CD/T if neededDo not begin training your project to show!Let project become acclimated to new environment for 1-2 weeksIf sheep is long stapled, shear
36After Acclimation Halter Breaking/ Chain breaking Easier when they are smallerCooler to do it later in eveningClip goats if long hairedDO NOT BEGIN EXERCISING !!
37Halter Breaking/ Chain Breaking Two person jobExhibitor controlling animalAdult helping exhibitorMay take two weeks- MonthRepetition, Repetition, RepetitionEasier to accomplish when animals are smaller than when they are over 100 lbsSheep – After sheep are comfortable on halter, begin hand walking them
38Training To Pose/Brace Two person job for beginning showmenRepetition, Repetition, RepetitionTry backing off a ledge, trailer, back into waterIf not driving, give tail a yank, or give dock a slight pushInvest in a large mirror, allows exhibitor to see what project looks like when on the pose
39Showmanship Advice If there is a TJLA jackpot show around, go watch Watch better showmenGives you an idea of what a finished sheep/goat should look likeGives you opportunity to learnAsk successful families questions
40Feed Cost Personal Preference Availability Melstan – Acco FeedBayou Feed Barn – Purina ProductsProjects will consume % of their BW
41Lamb Feeds Showmaster Show Lamb 18% Textured Purina Honor Show-Tec 15% Protein18% ProteinShow-Tec15.5% ProteinMake sure you call feed store and let them know what you need before you bring project home!
43SupplementsThere is no “magic potion” that turns a bad animal into a great one!Good feed, clean water, TLCTwo TypesFat SupplementsProtein Supplements
44Fat SupplementsProducts that are high in fats to add condition to give a fresh handle and smooth appearanceShowmaster PowerPhatHonor Show Chow – High Octane Power FuelMoormans Fast FatShow Rite – Fat-N-FluffyUse with caution!
45Protein SupplementsHigh Protein Supplements that will add amino acids to diet and help burn fat if needed.Moormans – Fast Forward MineralPurina Honor – High Octane Champion Drive; Fitter 35 (Use only if you have one that is overconditioned)USE WITH CAUTION
46FeedingThe goal of the feeding program is to allow animal to reach genetic potentialTry to feed at least twice a day, 12 hours apartAlfalfa Hay45-60 days from show, have animal slightly over-conditioned to start exercising
47Health and Care Watch at Feeding Time Deworming Urinary Calculi Approximately every 28dSafeguard, Cydectin, ValbazenUrinary CalculiWatch in MorningComparable to Kidney StonesKeep plenty of fresh waterCa:P ratioVinegar in waterAmmonium Chloride in Feed
48Health and Care Foot Rot Scours Bathe foot in zinc sulphate Keep hooves trimmedKeep pens dryScoursBack off feedSupplement more fiber (Coastal Hay)Scour HaltKaopectin (Similar to Pepto)
49Health and Care Runny Nose Coccidiosis LA 200 -1cc/50lbs of BW Will usually see this in sheep and goats after periods of heavy rainCoccidiosisSymptoms – Blood in StoolCaused by CoccidiaTreat with Corrid in water
50Health and Care Pink Eye More prevalent in goats Water running down cheek from eyeEye will get a glossy blue colorTreatmentSquirt LA-200/ Penicillin in bottom eyelidInject animal with LA-200 intramuscularly in neck
51Health and Care Soremouth Blisters show up around mouth No known treatmentLet run its course
52No amount of money can replace hard work, TLC, and a great program!