Animals & Livestock
Goat and sheep
Purdue Extension's Southern Regional Sheep and Goat Conference in Scottsburg will include training on how to use a FAMACHA parasite diagnostic test, as well as sessions on animal health, nutrition and marketing.
Purdue University's Center for Animal Welfare Science will bring together researchers, producers, government officials and others in its first symposium exploring how science can help allay mounting public concern over the well-being of animals. The daylong event, "Addressing Current Animal Welfare Issues: Scientific Challenges and Their Societal Context," will be held May 21 at the Stewart Center, 128 Memorial Mall, on the West Lafayette campus.
4-H Logo
Extension horse specialists from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska have developed an app that enables smartphone users to calculate a horse's body condition score and record the score with a photo of the horse. The HorseBCS app will be helpful for any horse owner or other trained equine professional. Law enforcement personnel also will benefit from the app, along with 4-H'ers and their leaders, as they learn the proper technique of caring for a horse.
Beef cattle
The expansion of the nation's cattle herds for the first time since 2007 is largely the result of record-high cattle prices and the availability of more abundant feed, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.