About the author

The author is a practicing food animal veterinarian. A 1960 graduate of Iowa State University that has practiced in Pipestone Minn since that time. He still practices full time specializing in sheep and goats and servicing several large sow farms and their owners.

His wife Kay died in 1996 and he was married to Deb in 1998. Together they have six children and 12 grand children. They farm with partner Garry Gorter and have 300 registered or recorded Katahdin females. Dr Kennedy has been involved in other breeds of sheep as well, Dorpers, Rambouillet and Suffolks on a national level. He was a past board member of the Dorper breed and is a present board member of the Katahdin Assn. and serves on the ASI Health committee.

There has always been a lot of sheep work in his practice, starting with large feed lots and later with ewe flocks as a result of the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program. He was part of developing that program. He has been involved in all aspects of practice, auction mkt work, dairy, beef, swine and goats and at one time some companion animal. He was lead veterinarian on large exports of dairy cattle to China and Indonesia. He is also co fonder of the Pipestone System, a integrated swine production system owned by its farmer members involving 140,000 sows that result in the marketing of 3.5 million pigs that are owned and fed on the farmer owners farms. He was managing partner of PAB a leader in swine semen production for 18 years.

He is a production veterinarian, he sees the world through his own eyes and not a microscope and has developed specialized products for the industry. He likes sheep and goat people and he likes sheep and goats. The clinic from which he works has found a niche. They are often able to help the sheep and goat producer when no body else can or cares. Through their supply catalog they serve the entire United States and some of Canada. They have clients with as few as two sheep to as many as 20,000. The clinic answers questions daily via telephone and Dr Kennedy answers questions 24/7, gkennedy@pipevet.com. He is also on Facebook, Pipestone Vet Sheep-Goats. The Facebook site is where he posts the most relevant sheep and goat questions and answers. It is not interactive, that would be the E-Mail site.

Questions need to be directed to gkennedy@pipevet.com

Dr Kennedy has received the Camp Tender award from ASI, is a member of the Minn Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Programs Hall of Fame as well.

1 Response to About the author

  1. i have a pregnant ewe question: we have raised Shetlands in the past but this is our first round of Katahdins. I have a 2 yr. old ewe that is gigantic and I suspected toxemia last weekend as she was acting the symptoms. Got her up in a smaller paddock by herself and she is doing better, eating small but frequent amounts of feed and hay. Giving her Bounce Back and molasses water. She gets up and down ok but struggles to walk as she is so huge! I can’t tell if she is just huge and close to delivering or if she has another underlying problem. She is not in labor, has a moderate bag, does paw the ground some, walks around grazes a little, lays down a while. Frustrated I am! Any tips or specific signs I should watch for?

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