Health

How to Trim Goat Hooves for Overall Health
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Trimming goat hooves is essential to good goat health. Overgrown hooves can hide diseased tissue, and lead to a slow painful decline in the goat’s overall condition.

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Back from the Vet: Caseous Lymphadenitis in Goats

Insidious diseases such as caseous lymphadenitis are having increasing ramifications for health and production within herds. In order to appropriately manage a goat herd for this disease, it is imperative to understand the disease process as well as the current diagnostics available.

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Hermaphroditism and Polled Goats
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Hermaphroditism is not uncommon among goats, especially dairy goats of Western European descent. Before people realized the correlation between goats being polled and possible hermaphroditism, rates were as high as 6-11% of goat herds in the U.S in the early 20th century.

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Conceiving Bucklings vs. Doelings
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Have you ever wondered why some years, some sires — or even some dams — produce more of one gender than others? Can certain management practices favor one over the other — or is it random? Is one more desirable than the other in the goat world?

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Goat Blood Testing – A Smart Move!
August 5, 2020 · · Health

What is goat blood testing, and why should you do it? Where can you find goat testing lab and how do you know what goat diseases to test for?

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Finding Success in a Straw
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Perhaps the most obvious reason for A.I. is to eliminate keeping a live buck on the premises. Even if you’re only breeding a few each year, A.I. can easily be the cheaper, more time-efficient option. Another big bonus is the opportunity to utilize the genetics of very elite bucks, particularly those in herds you would otherwise be unable to access.

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A Story of Urinary Calculi
August 5, 2020 · · Health

Chip was standing very still and “looked sick.” He would also occasionally strain, as if he were sneezing but without the sneeze part. He had urinary calculi.

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How to Treat Goat Diseases and Illnesses Naturally
August 3, 2020 · · Health

When it comes to goat diseases and illnesses, there are many ways to care for dairy goats naturally, without chemical intervention.

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A Guide to Eye Problems and Eye Infections in Goats

The most important part of owning goats is keeping them healthy, and the best way to do this is to examine them regularly and act fast when you see a problem developing. While eye infections in goats are common, they are generally easy to treat and, if caught early, leave no lasting problems.

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Essential Goat Hoof Trimming Tips

Typical goat hoof trimming should be completed every two to three months, and is a critical component of caring for goats. Usually, this is a routine task that involves little more than some quick cuts with the trimming tool to keep the hoof level and the goat walking comfortably.

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