A Tiny Miracle Can Prevent a Big Disaster

Few people have been affected first hand by disaster like the residents of California right now. Devastation of that magnitude is thankfully rare in the US. Because of the extremely rapid movement of the fires, not everyone was able to evacuate with their animals to safety. Many pets, both large and small, have been rescued Continue Reading

When Fate Flexes Her Alkaloids, Goats Die and Witches Fly

In the last podcast, we discussed cyanogenic plants – plants that create cyanide. Some trees are consistent risks, other plants like Sudan grass depend upon environmental conditions. While goats have fewer toxic risks than other ruminants, many threats remain. Alkaloid plants represent another category for concern to the goat producer. Luckily, most of these plants Continue Reading

Leptospirosis: A Continued Threat

Sea lions in California are once again battling a debilitating and fatal disease.  This disease affects multiple species, including humans.  It may sound like the next zombie apocalypse heading our way, but in truth, it’s a very old disease. Leptospirosis was first described in 1883.  Since that time, the bacteria have been found across the Continue Reading

What Johnsongrass, Frankenstein, and Nazis Have in Common.

At the dawn of the 18th Century, in a small Berlin laboratory, a dye maker used a contaminated ingredient and stumbled upon a discovery that would change the world. Heinrich Diesbach shared his lab with a brilliant but obsessed scientist named Johann Conrad Dippel, who resorted to grave robbing to pursue his dream of bringing Continue Reading