Rabies Facts, Prevention, and Treatment [Infographic]

Rabies serum with hypodermic

As Ketchum Mfg. Co. gears up for production of our 2021 edition rabies tags (see 10% off sale info below), we present our readers and followers with these important “rabies facts”:


(Click on the image to download a printable PDF of the infographic.)

Rabies Facts

Prevention and Treatment

Just follow these few simple rules:

  • Teach children never to approach or handle unfamilar animals, wild or domestic.
  • Make sure rabies vaccinations are up-to-date for all pet dogs and cats.
  • Responsibly supervise dogs, and keep cats indoors.
  • If you see stray animals, call your local animal control to remove them.
  • Ensure that bats are not able to enter occupied spaces.
  • If a bite from or exposure to a bat occurs and you are able to safely capture the animal, call your local animal control to have it tested for rabies.
  • Wash bite or scratch wounds from an animal with soap and water ASAP, and seek medical attention immediately.

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2021 Rabies Tag Sale

Order 2021 rabies tags from our website and save 10%! (Discount will appear in the shopping basket.)

Offer valid through July 31st.

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The Naming of Goats

Goat with ear tag

I’d always loved goats—every one
of them different from every other one,
and all of them goofy and playful.

— Steve Watkins, What Comes After


So you’ve finally resolved to make the leap: whether for their milk, or fiber, or simple companionship, you’ve decided to add some goats to your family menagerie. In preparation, you have…

  • Read everything you can get your hands on about the care and feeding of goats;
  • Set aside a chuck of land big enough to accommodate your new goat friends;
  • Enclosed it with a fence tall and strong enough to hold them (remember, goats are curious and love to climb things, or else eat through them);
  • Built a small barn or other roofed enclosure to house them in inclement weather (goats hate to get wet);
  • Invested in stainless steel buckets and a milking bench (if delving into the goat milk and cheese business is your plan), and created a sanitary environment for serious dairy production; and
  • Picked out the breed and gender of goats you want to keep and brought them to their new home.

Now all that’s left is to choose names for your goats (and get them imprinted on durable Ketchum goat ear tags). Coming up with suitable names may be the hardest part of all—but also the most fun. Continue reading “The Naming of Goats”

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Press Clippings: Amicable Animals

Dog with guinea pig friend

We all can get along.

— Rodney King


For many people, nowadays it feels like “knives out” is the new name of the game. Everybody seems to be on edge over one thing or another. In a world where “road rage” is all the rage, publicly expressing a personal opinion is just as likely to win you a round of applause as a punch in the nose. One side hates the other—and for the other side the feeling is entirely mutual.

This is not good.

In these divided times, we do well to heed the words of America’s prophet–poet, Walt Whitman:

I think I could turn and live with animals,
they are so placid and self-contain’d…

One of the important life lessons we humans can learn from the fellow creatures with which we share our planet is simply this: how to get along with each other, no matter our differences. Continue reading “Press Clippings: Amicable Animals”

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Guide to Cow Tags and Other Cattle Identification Methods [Infographic]

Stable of cows with ear tags

Whether you own one head of cattle or thousands, it is important to manage your herd properly. At its most basic level, “herd management” means keeping track of your cows through some means of reliable identification. In previous centuries, this meant simply guarding against loss or thievery. One of the oldest methods of doing so was to mark the animals permanently with a brand, which left on the skin a unique identifying symbol to establish ownership of the animals.

Nowadays, the purposes for identifying cattle have multiplied. In addition to proving ownership, those who keep cattle should also maintain accurate records regarding performance, breeding, origin of the animal, its health, vaccination history, and intake of antibiotics and other medicinal treatments. Of particular importance is the need for “Animal Disease Traceability” (ADT), intended to help prevent the spread of brucellosis and other types of serious contagious infections among herds. Continue reading “Guide to Cow Tags and Other Cattle Identification Methods [Infographic]”

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Tattooing Livestock: Farmyard Facts

Drawing of farm animals with farmer

Farmers today who regularly tattoo their hogs, goats, cattle, horses, and other livestock may not realize it, but they are participants in a practice dating back to the very dawn of human civilization.

Thousands of years ago, almost as soon as our hunter–gatherer ancestors stopped hunting–gathering and instead took to farming and animal husbandry in fixed settlements to supply themselves with reliable sources of food and clothing, they realized they had a new challenge to face: how to keep track of their ever-growing herds of swine, goats, cows, sheep, and other animals in their care.

Flock of sheep in show

Continue reading “Tattooing Livestock: Farmyard Facts”

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