Written by Dr. Beppe Di Giulio
I, a veterinarian based in Arusha, Tanzania, would like to report a high morbidity/mortality in sheep and goats in the Southern part of Kenya and Northern part of Tanzania, possibly caused by Coenurus cerebralis. The term “possibly” is applied since the diagnosis is based only upon the finding of cysts localized outside the animal’s brains.
The Maasai call the disease “Ormilo” (head disease). They started complaining about it some 10 years ago; during the past 3 years, the reported morbidity-mortality has reached around 20 percent. Today, Ormilo is the main Maasai’s concern among the small ruminant diseases/parasitoses. Ormilo is reported to affect both goats and sheep at any time of the year. It is reported to be more prevalent in 1 to 3-year-old animals.
A Hands-on Resource Guide to Reduce Depredation
A recurrent constraint to pasturing goats is predators, especially wolves. They are a threat in many parts of the world, and are increasing in number in the western part of the United States. As labor costs rise, it can be harder to hire good goat herders. Guard animals and portable electric fences will become more important in goat management.
Authors: Nathan Lance, Steve Primm, Kristine Inman
Contributors: Brainerd Foundation, People and Carnivores,
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf specialists,
Wildlife Conservation Society
Graphic artist: Luke Duran. Illustration by Jason Smith
Running livestock in wolf range is challenging. Cost-effective risk management can increase profitability. While there is no silver bullet, there are some proven techniques for reducing risk of wolf-livestock conflict.
The goal of this brochure is to outline different tools that may suit your operation. Your local wildlife agency or other organizations can offer additional help in evaluating and identifying options and may offer cost sharing, materials, or labor to assist your efforts.
Written by Dr. Sandra Solaiman
World Goat Day took place in Karaj, Iran on September 18-19, 2017. This was a memorable event as Iran is the site where domestication of goat started more than 8-10,000 years ago. More than 1,000 producers, villagers, goat keepers, members of tribal communities, agriculture-related industries, students, extension agents, scientists, researchers, national and international dignitaries, as well as governmental agencies including the honorable Minister and 3 Vice Ministers of agriculture (livestock affairs, Planning and economics, research, education and extension) attended the event and participated to show their support.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.