Animals & Livestock
Indiana youth interested in careers in the dairy industry are encouraged to attend the 2017 Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Conference on April 8. The conference, staged as a mystery investigation to find "Bessy the cow's illness," will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2002 Pleasant St., Noblesville.
Livestock producers are invited to join Purdue Extension forage experts for Pasture Walk 2017, which will include demonstrations of the differences between healthy and unhealthy pastures. The inaugural event, which is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 23, will be hosted by Hanlin Farms, a fifth-generation family farm in northwest Jay County.
Bovine Tb in white-tailed deer
What is Bovine tuberculosis and is it transmissible to humans? The answer to these frequently asked questions, along with details and resources, can be found on the Purdue Extension-Forestry and Natural Resources web page.
While most agricultural tourists responding to a Purdue University survey indicated that agriculture is an important industry, those who said they had visited a livestock farm tended to have concerns about how animal feeding operations affect water quality in their county.
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.

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