Final 2013 Research Journal Articles Uploaded
February 7, 2014

The final two articles for the 2013 Sheep and Goat Research Journal have been uploaded to the American Sheep Industry Association website, www.sheepusa.org. To access the articles, click on "Research Journal." 
 
Efficacy of Pregnancy-Specific Protein B Assay to Detect Pregnancy and Lambing Rates in Sheep, written by Reid Redden, Ph.D. and Charles W. Passavant, Ph.D., stresses how early and accurate identification of pregnancy and lambing rate provides sheep producers many advantages for management decisions that improve flock productivity. The objective of this study was to investigate the efficacy of a commercial pregnancy-specific protein B (PSPB) ELISA assay to predict pregnancy and lambing rate in sheep. 
 
Also posted is a study by K.M. Andries, Ph.D., titled Growth and Performance of Meat Goat Kids from Two Seasons of Birth in Kentucky. Little information is available on the impact of season-of-kidding on growth and performance of meat-goat kids. However, seasonal market trends have many producers in the southeastern United States kidding in the late fall and winter, when animals must be supplemented to meet nutritional needs. Because of this, a study was designed with the objectives being to evaluate the effect of season-of-birth and the factors on kid survival to weaning and performance from birth to weaning in meat-goat kids.