Animals & Livestock
Smaller hog breeding herds and lower production costs could lead to modest profits for pork producers in 2016, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.
Purdue Extension has developed a pair of Web-based, interactive resources to help new producers and anyone thinking about starting a small-scale livestock operation to make critical budgeting decisions.
Recent mild weather has set the stage for what could be a significant infestation of potentially deadly parasites in sheep and goats this spring, a Purdue Extension expert says.
Beef cattle seeking shelter from harsh winter weather could be at an increased risk of disease in overcrowded barns, Purdue University experts say. Extreme cold or rapidly changing weather can lower animals' immune response, leaving them more susceptible to disease, said W. Mark Hilton, clinical professor of beef production medicine.