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MEDICAL BOX SHOULD HAVE AVAILABLE


• Copper boluses (2 gram and 4 gram) and balling gun • Thermometer / collar and lead rope • All weather paint stick (marker) • Antibiotics (injectable)


• Kaolin pectin / scour medication • Dewormer and coccidia drugs • Fortified complex vitamin B12


• Electrolyte solution / amino acid concentrate • Probiotics and fortified iron supplement


• Mixed sizes of syringes / 20 gauge ½ inch hypodermic needles


should have taken place pre-breeding. It is essential (high priority) to maintain biosecurity even when your veterinarian comes to your farm. I bought my veterinar- ian boots that I keep in the shop along with clean coveralls and hand wash. Disposable plastic boots (tall, 5mil or thicker) are given to each visitor to wear.


It is highly recommended to have a close working relationship with a veterinar- ian and give them a heads up on your “start” kidding date. Develop a handy list of phone numbers to include: your veterinarian and a back up veterinarian, an emergency veteri- narian clinic, and neighbors/friends that can help on short notice.


Illinois livestock producers can now apply business recovery funds from the state. The Illinois Department of Agriculture


(IDOA) on Thursday announced $5 million will be available for livestock producers and small meat and poultry plants suffering inter- ruptions as a result of the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic. “Illinois’ proud agricultural tradition is built on the hard work and dedication of our farmers,” said state Sen. Andy Manar, D- Bunker Hill. “They work every day to pro- vide for people across the state, and it’s our obligation to return the favor in any way pos- sible. That’s why we made this a priority in the state budget.”


The new funding opportunity is part of


the state’s Business Interruption Grants pro- gram (BIG) which leverages federal CARES Act money to help small businesses state- wide offset losses incurred in connection to COVID-19. Online applications are available at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Ani- mals/Pages/Livestock-Management-Facility- Grants.aspx.


“Since the beginning of the pandemic, our department has worked closely with the agriculture industry to understand and re- spond to the challenges they currently face,”


8 Goat Rancher | November 2020


All of the above (three toolboxes) are suggestions to get you initially prepared for kidding season.


Always keep in mind vegetation avail- ability and quality, climatic changes, topog- raphy, your production management system (chelated mineral/vitamin mix and kelp meal offered free choice) and reality-based time management.


(Dr. An Peischel, PhD, is the retired Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Ten- nessee State University and the University of Tennessee. She was the first importer of Kikos into the U.S. She can be contacted at goatsunlimited@gmail.com.)


Illinois offers aid to livestock producers


said Acting IDOA Director Jerry Costello II of Smithton. “These dollars enable farmers’ continuity of operations while providing our small meat and poultry plants the ability to make necessary improvements to expand animal throughput and capacity.” Financial help will be available through


three IDOA programs. An Agriculture Business Interruption Program covers losses and expenses of live- stock producers due to the disruption of the livestock market caused by the COVID-19 emergency from April 15 to May 15. Eligible expenses are costs associated with holding livestock — swine, beef cattle, dairy cattle, lambs, poultry and meat goats — and live- stock-related products for an extended period of time. Applicants can receive up to $10,000 for losses. A Meat and Poultry Capacity Program for businesses with up to 60 employees covers costs for operations and facility im- provements needed to decrease or eliminate COVID-19 related slowdowns and mitigate capacity reductions. Applicants can receive up to $25,000.


For more information


visit agr.state.il.us or e-mail AGR.Grants@il- linois.gov. n


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