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Straight Talk: 

03.23.2017

I just read a report where according to USDA only one half of sheep producers consult a veterinarian once a year and only a third of goat producers do. In this day and age this is a concerning fact. Animal welfare and profitability are at risk. I am puzzled as to how one can be ...Read More


Question and Answers 

03.23.2017

Recently, we have had quite a few questions from producers and would like to share some of them. ..Read More


Straight Talk: VFD Update  

02.01.2017

VFD regulations for sheep and goat producers are set to go in effect Jan 1, 2017. As they now stand, this will unfortunately elimanate some products to the sheep and goat industries. So I am going to attempt to review what currently are producers options...Read More


Handling Ewes that Have Pregnancy Disease   

02.01.2017

Pregnancy disease is a metabolic disease that occurs in ewes late in pregnancy carrying multiple fetuses. Ewes carrying multiple lambs have less rumen capacity, and at the same time require an increase of ...Read More


Milk & Milk Machine Webinar Follow up  

02.01.2017

VFD regulationsWe continue to receive thanks and compliments daily on the services we provide answering email questions 24/7 and fielding numerous calls here at the clinic. We appreciate your returned support through purchasing products through us. Some of the products we ...Read More


Straight Talk: VFD Regulations  

11.25.2016

VFD regulations for sheep and goat producers are set to go in effect Jan 1, 2017. As they now stand, this will unfortunately elimanate some products to the sheep and goat industries. So I am going to attempt to review what currently are producers options...Read More


It's Time to think about Abortion 

11.25.2016

I will cover sheep and goats. They are very similar but will point out some of the minute differences. First rule, don't feed on the ground, these are ingested infections, not venereal. Toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis of cats when ingested by non-immune pregnant females they will likely abort. There are no vaccines.. Read More    


Let's Talk Milk

11.25.2016

Our new Lamb and Kid and Kid, widely accepted and the best product available. Two new products this year, Kid Milk designed only for goat kids and a smaller Milk Machine, Be'Be' - Lac. The Be'Be'-Lac is smaller version of the Lac-Tak machine, feed up to 40 kids/lambs. I think this is the right size... Read More   


Preparing for the New 2017 Sheep Catalog 

09.30.2016

Our new catalog is in the process of developing.  The following is our introductory statement.  If someone needs a catalog, please let us know.  We have an adequate supply of 2016 left to distribute.Dear valued sheep and goat customers: I have been involved with sheep and goats since 1948. I have been.... Read More   


Worms, Worms, Worms

09.07.2016

The last month we have been besieged by calls of lambs dying and struggling on pasture. These calls are not from semiarid range flocks in the west but as usual the Midwest and eastern U.S..... Read More   


Straight Talk July 2016

07.19.2016

We survived the weather in Sedalia. Midwest Sale was strong as usual. Highlight of the trip for me was the opportunity to visit with Larry Mead. The Heartland group are doing a great job of managing the sale but there would have been no sale without..... Read More   


Rams and Breeding

07.19.2016

We recently had a webinar discussing what we need to do with the ewes getting them ready for breeding season, often rams are forgotten.  Sperm is being developed 6 weeks prior to breeding so fertility checking rams at breeding, ... Read More   


Toxoplasmosis

07.19.2016

I was asked to talk about Toxoplasmosis.  Additional information is available in our Veterinary Guide book or on the blog site, but for today I am going to review how the organism infects sheep and goats. Cats become infected .. Read More   


Cooper Toxicity

07.19.2016

You often hear about the shortage of food animal veterinarians particularly in remote locations. In the sheep and goat business, most of the small producers experience it regardless  of location. On the sheep side 95% of the producers flocks are 100 ewes... Read More   


Straight Talk May 2016

05.04.2016

You often hear about the shortage of food animal veterinarians particularly in remote locations. In the sheep and goat business, most of the small producers experience it regardless  of location. On the sheep side 95% of the producers flocks are 100 ewes... Read More   


Vaginal Prolapse

05.04.2016

I continue to get calls daily about this issue and it’s not a simple or fun one. Vaginal prolapse is an inherited trait that can be aggravated by feeding uphill, multiple fetuses, lambing ewe lambs under a year of age and difficult, previous births. Ewe lambs... Read More   


Chipotle Mexican Grill post first quarterly loss

05.04.2016

According to an article on Marketwatch, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. sales plummeted another 23%, which led to the company’s first loss as a public company. Chipotle offered its IPO in January 2006 and was profitable until last year..... Read More     

 

Pipestone Lamb and Wool Facility Tour

05.04.2016

Pipestone Lamb and Wool Facility Tour, June 6, 2016

The Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program, dedicated to changing sheep production to make it more profitable for producers, is excited to offer an idea filled, sheep facility tour.  The Pipestone Lamb and Wool program offersers, Read More   


Straight Talk March 2016

03.16.2016

Some days you just have to wonder.  I am often accused of being outspoken.  I am.  If there is an issue affecting the sheep and goat industry or life itself I will have an opinion and express it.  The sheep industry is now being threatened by the new VFD ruels that are of bureacratic origin... Read More   


Mastitis

03.16.2016

Mastitis in sheep, from my view point, is poorly understood.  In acute mastitis, treatment targets salvaging the ewe and seldom, if ever, does the infected portion of udder remain functional.  As to whether sub-acute mastitis exists and shows up following years is anybody's guess... Read More   


Weaning Time

03.16.2016

For the purpose of this article, we will consider weaning lambs that have ad access to creep, have been in dry lot with their mothers and are being weaned at approximately eight weeks of age... Read More      


Straight Talk February 2016

02.04.2016

I am returning from the ASI meeting in Phoenix. A little different weather than we are experiencing back home. What did I learn? There are a lot of people that have a considerable passion to promote the sheep and goat industries. All mean well but I am not sure how many are on the right track but it doesn’t make a lot of difference because it will all shake out in the long run.....Read More


Pipestone Webinar

02.04.2016

Join us for a webinar February 29th covering creep feeding, vitamin e, vaccination programs, respiratory problems, worms, coccidiosis, and grower finisher feed and urinary calculi.  You can gain access to this webinar by becoming a member to the Pipestone Shepherd's Club or buying this individual webinar. 


Entrepreneurship and Ultraism

02.04.2016

I was asked to speak to the Young Entrepreneurs at ASI. My first thought was what is the age limitation? Under fifty. When I look around the halls at the convention we are getting old, very old. My immediate thought is we need a new paradigm, the sheep numbers have been going down since I was ten years old and that’s a long time that nothing other than shrinkages have occurred..... Read More   

OPP Update

02.04.2016

There is a new strategy out there that no longer relies on orphaning lambs. It is now thought that ewes don’t transfer the virus through milk or colostrum. The new approach is to maintain the ewe lambs separate from the ewe flock.... Read More

Penicillin

02.04.2016

Penicillin is an old commonly used drug. I use it commonly for treating what I consider crud infections, opening abscesses, after assisting a difficult birth, or repairing a prolapsed uterus.  I also use it in conjunction with Nuflor or oxytetracycline 200 to treat mastitis and prevent gangrene.  Another major use is to prevent tetanus when banding. For those ideologues out there that don’t understand use of antibiotics to prevent disease this is a classic... Read More 

Vaccines, Bacterins, and Adjuvants

02.04.2016

Vaccines are defined as immunological products containing virus which may be live, modified live or inactivated, killed. Sore mouth would be an example of a live vaccine. Products made from inactivated bacteria are properly called bacterins but often referred to as vaccines. The enterotoxemia products are examples of bacterins commonly used in sheep and goat production..... Read More   

Straight Talk December 2015

12.24.2015

Recently I was the speaker at the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers annual membership meeting in New York.  I was originally reluctant to go, I am a country boy at heart but I am sure glad I did.  Other than the air travel, it was a great experience.  The people were great and while some were part time sheep producers, others were making a substantial income off smaller flocks of sheep. Read More   

Pipestone Shepherd's Club

12.24.2015

In an effort to help our customers and the industry to get the veterinary expertise they desire, we have developed a new service called the Pipestone Shepherd's Club.  We answer questions in the office during business hours and I am available via email 24/7.  This all requires considerable time and effort.  We justify this service.... Read More   

December/January Special 

12.24.2015

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Enterotoxemia

12.24.2015

The disease in sheep is characterized by sudden deaths in feed lot lambs or sudden deaths in nursing lambs that may or may not be accompanied by a bloody stool.  In feed lambs, the disease is caused by clostridium perfringens type D and in nursing lambs type C.  Confirmation of diagnosis is based on acute Read More   

Essential Lambing Time Supplies

12.24.2015

Lambing time is stressful enough, don't get stuck without the essentials.  We've put together this essential lambing time supply list to ensure your barn is ready... Read More   

Veterinary Feed Directive

12.24.2015

I am probably chasing a dead horse.  No one else in the sheep and goat industry seems to care.  They will care once VFD regulations, if not changed or amended, go in to effect.  Nowhere are their exclusions for minor species for unapproved drugs.  4H and FFA projects and small producers in all species will face hurdlesRead More   


Lac-Tek Machine

12.24.2015

Almost better than Mother Nature.  Mixes milk as needed at preset temperature.  When that is gone it makes a new batch.  Put the milk in the top and hook to a water source and the machine does the rest.  Does require daily cleaning which is a whole lot easier than mixing milk daily.  Feeds from one to sixty lambs.  Weaning at 30 days is critical as well as using a high quality milk replacer containing skim milk as a major ingredient.  Milk replacer should contain Deccox as well to prevent coccidiosis.  Order here.   

Antibiotic Use  

09.09.2015

There is a lot of discussion about antibiotics and their use in livestock.  The first target of the antibiotic cops was their use in feed.  The Veterinary Feed Directive that is to be implemented in December, 2016 is the first attempt to restrict use.  Antibiotics for growth promotion have been discontinued... Read More   

Straight Talk September 2015    

09.09.2015

I have returned from the Minnesota State Fair, what a zoo.  On the first Saturday of the fair, the attendance exceeded 185,000.  If it's your state fair I guess you are obligated to participate but at this point it becomes somewhat tiring.  I purchased an exhibitors parknig pass so the day we washed... Read More      


Worms, Worms, Worms  

09.09.2015

Worms, worms, worms perhaps all the FAMACHA and parasite resistance isn't working.  About every second question we get now is about worms and bottle jaw.  Let's talk about bottle jaw.  This condition is caused by fluid collecting evenly in the intramadibular area.  This develops as the result of anemia... Read More  


An Unusual Source of Copper   

07.07.2015

Last week, I had a client text me a photo of a necropsy on a lamb which died unexpectedly.  It had characteristic yellow discoloration to the fat...a classic sign of copper toxicity.  I immedieatly called the client, an experienced shepherd, and we discussed the likelyhood of copper toxicity... Read More   

Straight Talk July 2015     

07.07.2015

 Midwest Sale at Sedalia was a tremendous success again this year.  I believe a $1.8 million sale, similar to last year's number but less sheep resulting in a higher average.  The whether thing gets a big crazy similar to Suffolks years back... Read More      


Scrapie    

07.07.2015

 Scrapie is a fatal disease of the central nervous system that affects sheep and occasionally goats. The first case of scrapie in the U.S. was diagnosed in 1947.  Since then, it has been diagnosed in over 1,000 flocks... Read More  


Straight Talk: June, 2015    

05.26.2015

As I am putting this article together I ahve a lot of things going on.  I am leaving for Alaska soon, just a ten day stay.  We have sold our lodge but retained the Viking House next door. We will still be able.... Read More      

Antibiotic Use

05.26.2015

 There is a lot of discussion about antibiotics and their use in livestock.  The first target of the antibiotic cops was use in feed.  Therapeutic use in feed will be allowed upon a veterinarian's direction.  The veterinary  ... Read More  


Meet Dr. Meredith Johns    

05.26.2015

 Dr. Meredith C. (Woodward) Johns received her D.V.M. in 2010 from Iowa State University and completed her pre-veterinary studies at Drake University with a bachelor's.... Read More      

Sulfa Availability

02.09.2015

The availability of sulfadimethoxine has become non-existent.  Sulfamethazine is in short supply as well.  We have obtained a supply of sulfamethazine that will be... Read More  


Straight Talk: April, 2015    

03.30.2015

Many people are well into the lambing season.  We field dozens of calls daily and I am continually on e-mail at gkennedy@pipevet.com.  There are always problems but nothing unusual as our business and contacts grow .... Read More      

Shows and Sales

03.30.2015

 Show and sale season will soon be here and to create a more pleasant environment there are numerous things that should be considered.  If you are participating in numerous shows with shorn sheep you certainly need to take steps to prevent becomign infected  ... Read More  


February Straight Talk     

02.09.2015

 Lately, it seems like every day there is someone firing a shot at agriculture.  Recently the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, a regional newspaper in a primarily agriculture area, prints an article submitted by PETA verbatim.... Read More      

Lambing Products  

02.09.2015

 Now that we are well into lambing, I thought we should discuss some of the products we have developed and used to keep lambs and kids alive and healthy.  The main cause of death is starvation once they are born alive... Read More  


Pregnancy Disease     

02.09.2015

This time of year we seem to get call after call about pregnant ewes loosing appetite and slowing down or sometimes going down.  These fall under a broad category, "Pregnancy Disease" much like cattle get Shipping Fever.  There are a lot of causes, parasitism, flukes and stomach worms... Read More   


January Straight Talk      

12.29.2014

 Recently, I was the guest speaker at the Tennessee Sheep Producers annual meeting where among my topics I was asked to give my vision of the future of the sheep industry and among my comments were these. Read More      


Pregnancy Toxemia in Ewes      

12.29.14

 As lambing season approaches, it is important to reviwe a condition that can cause considerable economic loss.  Pregnancy toxemia is also known as lambing sickneww, twin-lamb disease, pregnancy disease and ketosis.  This often fatal disease occurs during the last month of pregnancy... Read More  


Creep        

12.29.2014

Let's visit about creep feeding, with the exception of pasture lambing creep feeding is absolutely essential to a successful program.  Lambs learn at an early age to eat with the ewes, develop a taste for what the ewe is fed and want the security of mom around, so location of creep is important. Read More   


November Straight Talk      

11.07.14

 The The North Star Sale is history, good sheep were presented that sold for reasonable prices.  NAILE will soon be upon us and perhaps past by the time you read this letter. Read More      


Lewiston Idaho veterinarian's Letter to the Editor re: Ebola, Nails it!       

11.07.14

 The present Ebola crisis in the world is frightening.  I have submitted the following letter to the editor of the Lewiston Morning Tribune. Read More  


Breeding Ewe Lambs        

11.07.2014

Breeding your ewe lambs is a vital part of every shee operation.  They should be your best genetics and the future of your flock. Read More   


Dried Distillers Grains and Ram Fertility Research        

9.23.14

 Insig.Research done by M.L. Van Emon may give us some insight to ram fertility issues we have been seeing over the last several years. Read More      


Drug Availability: Sheep and Goat News October 2014       

9.23.14

The stuggle to obtain perscription drugs. Read More      


Straight Talk: Sheep & Goat News October 2014         

9.23.14

 Insight into Dr. Kennedy's view on today's Sheep Industry and his own day to day findings. Read More      


 

Zactran:Some Hope for Foot Rot in Sheep

9.23.14

Foot Rot has been one of the most frustrating and stubborn diseases in the sheep. Read More


 

Q & A: Sheep & Goat News August 2014

8.15.14

Question and Answer with Dr. Gerald Kennedy .Read More


Straight Talk: Sheep & Goat News August 2014         

8.15.14

 Insight into Dr. Kennedy's view on today's Sheep Industry and his own day to day findings. Read More      


Organic: Sheep & Goat News July 2014                               

7.1.14

 Q & A with Dr. Kennedy Read More      


Meningeal Worms: Sheep & Goat News July 2014         

7.1.14

 Overview of Meningeal worms. What it is and how to treat it. Read More      


Club Lamb Fungus: Sheep & Goat News July 2014         

7.1.14

 Overview of Club Lamb fungus. What it is and how to treat it. Read More      


Straight Talk: Sheep & Goat News July 2014         

7.1.14

 Insight into Dr. Kennedy's view on today's Sheep Industry and his own day to day findings. Read More      


Abortion: Sheep and Goat News June 2014

6.2.14

Overview of abortion protocols in Sheep and Goats. Read More                                        


Straight Talk: Sheep & Goat News June 2014         

6.2.14

 Insight into Dr. Kennedy's view on today's Sheep Industry and his own day to day findings. Read More             


Wormers Revisited: Sheep and Goat News April 2014

4.18.14

Overview of worming porcedures in Sheep and Goats. Read More


Coccidiosis: Sheep & Goat News April 2014

4.18.14

This disease can be a most troublesome disease of sheep and particularly goats. Read More


Straight Talk: Sheep & Goat News April 2014         

4.18.14

 Insight into Dr. Kennedy's view on today's Sheep Industry and his own day to day findings. Read More                                                                  


Salt: Sheep & Goat News March 2014

3.15.14

Somestimes we over look one of the most importatn ingredients in the total ration and how we deliver it. Read More



Weaning Time: Sheep & Goat News March 2014

3.15.14

Sucessful weaning of your lamb crop requires planning that starts several weeks ahead of the expected wean date. Read More


Straight Talk: Sheep & Goat News March 2014

3.18.14

Insight into Dr. Kennedy's view on today's Sheep Industry and his own day to day findings. Read More


Downer Ewes: Sheep & Goat News February 2014

2.1.14

Downer Ewes are a result of a lot of different conditions. Read More.


Cervix Fails to Dilate:Sheep & Goat News February 2014

2.1.14

This is one of the most difficult challenges we are faced during lambing. Read More


Straight Talk: Sheep & Goat News February 2014

2.1.14

Insight into Dr. Kennedy's view on today's Sheep Industry and his own day to day findings. Read More


 

Pneumonia: Sheep & Goat News January 2014

1.1.14

Early diagnosis and prolonged treatment are essential for succesful treatment. Read More


Straight Talk: Sheep & Goat News January 2014

1.1.14

Insight into Dr. Kennedy's view on today's Sheep Industry and his own day to day findings. Read More