Good nutrition helps organic and alternatively raised livestock thrive

Two piglets munch on grass in the warm morning sun.

Good nutrition is vital to keeping your livestock healthy and happy. Good nutrition directly impacts body condition score, fertility, and milk or egg productivity. A healthy diet also contributes to the ability of your livestock’s immune system to fight disease. Keep in mind your species, age, and health needs. Your climate is a factor too. … Read more

Direct contact and disease spread

Two sheep touch noses on a pasture.

No matter the size of your herd or flock, diseases can be spread by animals in contact with each other and with you.   How are diseases spread through direct contact?  For a disease to be spread through direct contact, there must be a disease agent in the environment on an infected animal. Animals become exposed … Read more


Monkey sits on a branch in a leafy area.

A disease you may have heard about in the news recently is Monkeypox. Monkeypox is rare and relatively unknown in the U.S. If you work with non-human primates, you may be more familiar with this disease. There are currently 460 reported cases of Monkeypox in the U.S. as of July 1, 2022. Health officials are … Read more

Keeping your hands clean on your farm

handwashing station attached to the side of the barn

Hand washing is very important when working on a farm or ranch. While it sounds too easy, hand washing is one of the easiest and best ways to protect your animals, yourself, and those on your farm from disease-causing organisms. Stations should be set up around the premises, so employees and visitors can wash their … Read more

Four practices to protect herd health on organic/alternative farms

Man holds black lamb while sheep graze on pasture in the background.

Animals can be exposed to diseases due to various factors and agents. Diseases can be spread from animal to animal, to and from humans, and from the environment. Diseases that can spread between animals and humans are called zoonotic diseases.     Regardless of the source of the disease, there are many ways the disease can … Read more

Bovine Tuberculosis

Herd of black cattle graze on a grassy field.

What is Bovine Tuberculosis (TB)?  While bovine tuberculosis is uncommon in the United States, it is prevalent in many developing countries. A bacterium causes bovine TB. It is important to know the signs, to protect yourself and your herd. Bovine TB can affect various species, but primarily cattle and buffalo. Bovine TB can spread to … Read more

Feed and Water Management on your organic/alternative farm

Close up of hands holding organic feed

Animals need fresh feed and water to stay healthy. Clean feed and water are also needed to produce good quality meat, milk, eggs, and fiber. Feed Buy feed from trustworthy sources. Keep records of the date feed was purchased or delivered. Save the feed label or tag in case of a recall. Examine feed for … Read more